Staff – University of Copenhagen

Kim Ryholt

Kim Ryholt


As professor of Egyptology, my research interests span

  • ancient Egyptian political and social history
  • nationalism and identity formation
  • literature and libraries
  • administration and archives
  • and historiography.

I studied at the University of Copenhagen, Freie Universität in Berlin, and Julius-Maximilians Universität in Würzburg, and have been employed by the University of Copenhagen since 1994.

I am responsible for the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection and the associated international research project since 1999, and much of my research, mainly funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, is related to the invaluable collection of ancient manuscripts in the collection, in particular the remains of the only extant temple library from ancient Egypt. The library pertains to the temple of Soknebtunis at the site at Tebtunis where I participate in the ongoing Franco-Italian excavations, and I am also reponsible for the international publication programme relating to the numerous demotic papyri.

From 2008 to 2013, I was PI/director of the Center for Canon and Identity Formation in the Earliest Literate Societies (funded by the University of Copenhagen Programme of Excellence), and from 2013 to 2017 I was CoPI/member of the project management team of CoNeXT: Fertilizing the ground and harvesting the full potential of the new neutron and X-ray research infrastructures close to Copenhagen (funded by the University of Copenhagen Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research; PI Prof. Sine Larsen) and responsible for the subproject Ancient Ink as Technology.

I am currently enjoying a one-year research leave, sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation's Semper Ardens initiative, with a project entitled Trauma, Imitatio, and the Invention of History.


  • K. Ryholt, The Political Situation in Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period, c. 1800-1550 B.C. CNI Publications 20. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 1997. xiv + 463 pages.
  • K. Ryholt, The Carlsberg Papyri 4: The Story of Petese son of Petetum, and Seventy Other Good and Bad Stories. CNI Publications 23. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 1999. xx + 116 pages, 12 plates.
  • K. Ryholt, The Carlsberg Papyri 6: The Petese Stories II. CNI Publications 29. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2006. xiv + 210 pages, 22 plates.
  • K. Ryholt, The Carlsberg Papyri 10: Narrative Literature from the Tebtunis Temple Library. CNI Publications 35. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2012. xvi + 230 pages, 23 plates.
  • T. Christiansen, K. Ryholt, The Carlsberg Papyri 13: Catalogue of Egyptian Funerary Papyri in Danish Collections. CNI Publications 41. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2016. viii + 40 pages, 106 plates.
  • F. Hagen, K. Ryholt, The Antiquities Trade in Egypt, 1880s-1930s: The H. O. Lange Papers. Scientia Danica, Series H, Humanistica, 4 vol. 8. The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, 2016. 335 pages, 169 illustrations.

Other publications: see Curis


Language classes:

  • Middle Egyptian (BA)
  • Late Egyptian (MA)
  • Demotic (MA)
  • Ptolemaic (MA)
  • Coptic (MA)

History and culture classes:

  • Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Culture (BA)
  • Egyptian history (BA, MA)
  • Egyptian literature (BA, MA)
  • Egyptian documentary texts (MA)
  • Egyptian religion (BA, MA)
  • Egyptian art (BA, MA)

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Scribal Habits at the Tebtunis Temple Library: On Materiality, Formal Features, and Palaeography

    Ryholt, K. 2018 Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period. Cromwell, J. & Grossman, E. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 153-183 31 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Two Self-Dedications Addressed to Isis-Nephersais of Euhemeria: P. Cairo CG 50018 and P. Louvre E 10606

    Ryholt, K. 2018 Hieratic, Demotic and Greek Studies and Text Editions: Festschrift in Honour of Sven P. Vleeming. Donker van Heel, K., Hoogendijk, F. A. J. & Martin, C. J. (eds.). Brill, p. 205-218 14 p. (Papyrologica Lugduno-Batava, Vol. 34).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    The nature of ancient Egyptian copper-containing carbon inks is revealed by synchrotron radiation based X-ray microscopy

    Christiansen, T., Cotte, M., Loredo-Portales, R., Lindelof, P. E., Mortensen, K., Ryholt, K. & Larsen, S. 10 Nov 2017 In : Scientific Reports. 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Chemical characterization of black and red inks inscribed on ancient Egyptian papyri: The Tebtunis temple library

    Christiansen, T., Buti, D., Dalby, K. N., Lindelof, P. E., Ryholt, K. & Vila, A. 2017 In : Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 14, p. 208-219 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Catalogue of Egyptian Funerary Papyri in Danish Collections

    Christiansen, T. & Ryholt, K. 2016 Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum. 154 p. (CNI Publications, Vol. 41). (The Carlsberg Papyri, Vol. 13).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    The Antiquities Trade in Egypt 1880-1930: The H. O. Lange Papers

    Hagen, F. N. & Ryholt, K. 2016 Copenhagen: Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab. 335 p. (Scientia Danica. Series H. Humanistica 4, Vol. 8).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    A Greek-Demotic Temple Archive from Edfu Dating to the Reign of Ptolemy VIII

    Ryholt, K. 2014 In : Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 190, p. 173-187 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Demotic papyri from the Franco-Italian Excavations at Tebtunis, 1988-2016

    Ryholt, K. 2018 Le Fayoum. Archéologie - Histoire - Religion: Actes du sixième colloque international Montpellier, 26-28 octobre 2016. Harrassowitz Verlag, p. 129-149 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

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