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 have been responsible for the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection since 1999 and much of my research, 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 reponsible for the publication programme relating to the numerous demotic papyri.

I was director (PI) of the Center for Canon and Identity Formation in the Earliest Literate Societies (funded by the University of Copenhagen Programme of Excellence) from 2008 to 2013, and since 2013 I am member of the project management team (CoPI) 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 Sine Larsen) and responsible for the subprojet Ancient Ink as Technology.


  • 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. The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. In press.

Recent publications:

  • K. Ryholt, ‘The Date of Kings Sheshi and Yacqub-Har and the Rise of the Fourteenth Dynasty.’ The Second Intermediate Period: Current Research, Future Prospects, pp. 109-126. Edited by M. Maree. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 192. Leuven: Peeters, 2010.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘A Sesostris Story in Demotic Egyptian and Demotic Literary Exercises (O. Leipzig UB 2217).’ Honi soit qui mal y pense. Studien zum pharaonischen, griechisch-römischen und spätantiken Ägypten zu Ehren von Heinz-Josef Thissen, pp. 429-37. Edited by H. Knuf, Chr. Leitz, and D. von Recklinghausen. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 194. Leuven: Peeters, 2010.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘Late Period Literature.’ The Blackwell Companion to Ancient Egypt, vol. II, pp. 709-31. Edited by A. B. Lloyd. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘New Light on the Legendary King Nechepsos of Egypt.’ Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 97 (2011), pp. 61-72.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘King Necho I son of king Tefnakhte II.’ Von Theben nach Giza. Festmiszellen für Stefan Grunert zum 65. Geburtstag, pp. 123-127. Edited by F. Feder, L. Morenz, and G. Vittmann. Göttinger Miszellen Beihefte 10. Göttingen 2011.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘A Demotic Narrative in Berlin and Brooklyn concerning the Assyrian Invasion of Egypt.’ Forschung in der Papyrussammlung: Eine Festgabe für das Neue Museum, pp. 337-353. Edited by V. Lepper. Berlin: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2012.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘Libraries in Ancient Egypt.’ Ancient Libraries, pp. 23-37. Edited by J. König, K. Oikonomopolou and G. Woolf. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘The Illustrated Herbal from Tebtunis: New Fragments and Archaeological Context.’ Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 187 (2013), pp. 233-238.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘Imitatio alexandri in Egyptian Literary Tradition.’ The Romance between Greece and the East, pp. 59-78. Edited by T. Whitmarsh. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘A Fragment from the Beginning of Papyrus Spiegelberg (P. Carlsberg 565).’ A Good Scribe and an Exceedingly Wise Man: Studies in Honour of W. J. Tait. pp. 271-278. Edited by A. M. Dodson, J. J. Johnson, and W. Monkhouse. London: Golden House Publications, 2014.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘A Self-Dedication addressed to Anubis. Divine Protection against Malevolent Forces or Forced Labor?’ Lotus and Laurel: Studies on Egyptian Language and Religion in Honour of Paul John Frandsen. pp. 329-350. CNI Publications 39. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2015.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘A Greek-Demotic Archive of Temple Accounts from Edfu dating to the Reign of Ptolemy VIII.’ Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 190 (2014), pp. 173-187.
  • K. Ryholt, ‘Postscriptum: A Greek-Demotic Archive of Temple Accounts from Edfu dating to the Reign of Ptolemy VIII.’ Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 197 (2016), p. 178.

Keywords: Egyptologi, ægyptologi, egypten, ægypten


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)

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