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Edmund Meltzer

Edmund Meltzer


  • Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, University of Toronto
  • B.A., Near Eastern Languages, University of Chicago

Edmund S. Meltzer grew up in New York City, where he fell in love with Ancient Egypt and opera.  He attended the Universities of Chicago (BA, Near Eastern Languages) and Toronto (MA, PhD, Near Eastern Studies), the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point (public school teacher certification, German-Spanish-ESL) and several field schools in American archaeology.  Dr. Meltzer has worked in Egypt as a site supervisor on the Akhenaten Temple Project-East Karnak Excavation, ARCE Fellow and tour lecturer.  He has taught at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, The Claremont Graduate School (where he was Associate Chair of the Religion Department), the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations in China, and the Wisconsin public schools.  His major research areas include ancient Egyptian religion, language and texts, the history of Egyptology and the reception of ancient Egypt in the Classical and post-ancient world.  His work has appeared in many journals and edited volumes; his publications include The Edwin Smith Papyrus (with Dr. Gonzalo Sanchez MD) and contributions to The Salakhana Trove: Votive Stelae and Other Objects from Asyut, Egyptology from the First World War to the Third Reich, Explaining Evil, The Destructive Power of Religion, Text and Community, The Crosby-Schøyen Codex, Ancient Christian Magic, The Akhenaten Temple Project  Vol. 2, Writing Systems and Cognition, Processing of Visible Language 2, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt.  He also loves cats and is thrilled to be teaching at Pacifica.