Yale Egyptological Publications

North American distribution provided by ISD and distribution in Europe and the Middle East provided by the University of Exeter Press. Scholars interested in submitting a manuscript for publication in Yale Egyptological Studies should e-mail John Darnell. Support for these publications comes from the William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Endowment for Egyptology.

John Coleman Darnell, Theban Desert Road Survey II: The Rock Shrine of Pahu, Gebel Akhenaton, and Other Rock Inscriptions of the Western Hinterland of Qamûla, Yale Egyptological Publications 1, eds., H.-W. Fischer-Elfert, S. Hendrickx, D. Huyge, and B. Layton, eds., (New Haven, 2014)

  • The editors are unique to the volume, as each volume will have editors chosen on the basis of their knowledge of the material, and of course their willingness to serve as editors. 
Yale Egyptological Studies Vos. 1—5

Series Editor: William Kelly Simpson

  • 1 Essays on Egyptian Grammar (New Haven, 1986), James P. Allen, Leo Depuydt, Hans J.Polotsky, and David P. Silverman
  • 2 Genesis in Egypt: The Philosophy of Ancient Egyptian Creation Accounts (New Haven, 1988), James P. Allen
  • 3 Religion and Philosophy in Ancient Egypt (New Haven, 1989), James P. Allen, Jan Assmann, Alan B. Lloyd, Robert K. Ritner, and David P. Silverman
  • 4 Future at Issue. Tense, Mood and Aspect in Middle Egyptian: Studies in Syntax and Semantics (New Haven, 1990), Pascal Vernus
  • 5 The Great Karnak Inscription of Merneptah: Grand Strategy in the 13th Century BC (New Haven, 2003), Colleen Manassa
  • The Great Karnak Inscription of Merneptah’s 5th regnal year, the longest surviving continuous monumental text from Egypt, describes the combined Libyan and Sea People invasion of Egypt c.1208 BCE. This new study, the first complete commentary on this long but unfortunately damaged text, begins with a translation of the text, accompanied by detailed notes. The study considers specific military aspects of the inscription alongside its religious background. A grammatical analysis of the Great Karnak Inscription also sheds new light on the grammar of Ramesside monumental texts.
Yale Egyptological Studies Vol. 6

Series Editor: John Coleman Darnell
Editor Emeritus: William Kelly Simpson

  • 6 Adoration of the Ram: Five Hymns to Amun-Re from Hibis Temple (New Haven, 2006), David Klotz
  • Hibis Temple, tucked away in the remote Khargeh Oasis, contains the longest monumental hymns to Amun-Re ever carved in hieroglyphs. These religious texts, inscribed during the reign of Darius I, drew upon a large variety of New Kingdom sources, and later they served as sources for the Graeco-Roman hymns at Esna Temple. As such, the hymns to Amun-Re from Hibis are excellently suited for studying Egyptian theology during the Persian Period, on the eve of the supposed “new theology” created by the Graeco-Roman priesthood. This new study, the first extensive commentary on the five liturgically connected hymns, features new translations with detailed notes. The book also considers dominant theological themes present in the texts, including the concept of “Amun within the Iris.”
Yale Egyptological Studies 7 and following

Series Editors: John Coleman Darnell, Hans-Werner Fischer-Elfert, and Bentley Layton

  • 7 The Inscription of Queen Katimala at Semna: Textual Evidence for the Origins of the Napatan State (New Haven, 2006), John Coleman Darnell
  • This is the first complete translation and commentary on the important tableau and inscription of Queen Katimala/ Karimala at Semna. Proper understanding of the paleography, grammar, and content reveals Katimala to have been a Nubian ruler at the time of the Twenty-First to Twenty-Second Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. She emerges as a political and military leader who took control of at least Lower Nubia in the wake of failed military activities on the part of a male predecessor. Katimala’s inscription is not illegible, as has often been stated, but is a well-composed Lower Nubian example of a politico-religious manifesto applying many of the conventions of early Egyptian literary and historical compositions.
  • The Mortuary Papyrus of Padikem: Walters Art Museum 551 (New Haven, 2011), Yekaterina Barbash
  • This new study is the first translation — with extensive commentary — of the papyrus of Padikakem, preserving two hieratic texts. The initial text, a Ritual of Introducing the Multitude on the Last Day of Tekh, contains themes recalling the ancient Egyptian love poetry and the Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys. The second text, exclusively mortuary in content, is a rarely attested Book III of glorification spells (sakhw). The two texts present a coherent composition emerging from the Greeco - Roman Period tradition of merging Egyptian funerary practices with temple liturgies. The diversity of sources and themes present in the texts shed light on reveal new information concerning the evolution of Osirian and mortuary theologies.
  • A Royal Book of Protection of the Saite Period: pBrooklyn 47.218.49 (New Haven, by Paul F. O’Rourke
  • This study presents a comprehensive examination of a Late Period hieratic papyrus in the Brooklyn Museum, a compilation of seventeen prophylactic texts focusing on the human ear. Many of the texts explicitly state that they are intended to protect the ears of a king Psamtik. The exclusive focus of the texts on the ear distinguishes the compliation from earlier Egyptian medical and magical texts. The texts abound in mythological allusions, for which the study provides full commentary. The commentaries consider both earlier and contemporaneous Egyptian material, although no direct parallels exist for the unique contents of the Brooklyn papyrus.
Publications of the Pennsylvania-Yale Expedition to Egypt

Co-Directed by David B. O’Connor and William Kelly Simpson

  • 1 Heka-Nefer and the Dynastic Material from Toshka and Arminna (New Haven and Philadelphia, 1963), William Kelly Simpson
  • 2 The Late Nubian Settlement at Arminna West (New Haven and Philadelphia, 1967), Bruce G. Trigger
  • 3 The Classic Christian Townsite at Arminna West (New Haven and Philadelphia, 1967), Kent R. Weeks
  • 4 The Meroitic Funerary Inscriptions from Arminna West (New Haven and Philadelphia, 1970), Bruce J. Trigger
  • 5 The Terrace of the Great God at Abydos: The Offering Chapels of Dynasties 12 and 13. (New Haven and Philadelphia, 1974), William Kelly Simpson
  • 6 Inscribed Material from the Pennsylvania-Yale Excavations at Abydos (New Haven and Philadelphia, 1995), William Kelly Simpson
  • An illustrated catalogue of inscriptions recorded during excavations between 1967-69. The inscriptions comprise literary and religious ostraca, construction records, Middle Kingdom texts from the chapel area, inscribed potsherds, bricks, seals and other objects.
8. The Mortuary Temple of Senwosret III at Abydos

Joseph Wegner

  • The ruins of the mortuary complex named /Enduring-are-the Places of Khakaure-true-of-voice- in-Abydos/ are located at South Abydos. Erected for pharaoh Khakaure-Senwosret III (ca. 1878-1841 BC) of Dynasty 12, the Abydos complex includes a subterranean royal tomb built beneath a peak anciently called /Anubis-Mountain/, and a mortuary temple named /Nefer-Ka (Beautiful-is-the-Ka)/. Although the Egypt Exploration Fund initially discovered and examined the site between 1899-1902, the University of Pennsylvania-Yale University-Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Expedition initiated a renewed program of excavation at South Abydos.