John Baines


Professor Emeritus, Egyptology; Fellow of The Queen's College 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / The Queen's College


Research Interests:

My research ranges over several areas in Egyptology, in part because much of it is stimulated by teaching on diverse subjects. I often participate in interdisciplinary symposia and publications. My principal areas of interest are Egyptian art, literature, religion, self-presentation, the position of writing in Egyptian society, and modelling social forms. In working on these themes, I make use of texts, images, archaeological data, and various theoretical approaches. I am currently working on elite uses of the wider environment, particularly in forms and practices, such as hunting, that must be approached indirectly because they leave little physical trace.

Current Projects:

  • Synthesis of studies on Egyptian kingship
  • Egyptian biography

Recent Publications:

  • Presenting and discussing deities in New Kingdom and Third Intermediate period Egypt. In Beate Pongratz-Leisten (ed.), Reconsidering the concept of revolutionary monotheism, 41–89. Winona Lake IN: Eisenbrauns 2011.
  • Scripts, high culture, and administration in Middle Kingdom Egypt. In Stephen Houston (ed.), The shape of script: how and why writing systems change, 25–63. Advanced Seminar Series. Santa Fe: School of Advanced Research Press 2012.
  • Sources of Egyptian temple cosmology: divine image, king, and ritual performer. In Deena Ragavan (ed.), Heaven on earth: temples, ritual, and cosmic symbolism in the ancient world, 395–424. Oriental Institute Seminar 9. Chicago: Oriental Institute, University of Chicago 2013.
  • High culture and experience in ancient Egypt. Studies in Egyptology and Ancient Near East. xx + 326 pp., 63 figs. Sheffield: Equinox 2013.

Full Publications

Further Info:

  • Series editor of Griffith Egyptological Publications
  • Series editor of Equinox studies in Egyptology and the Ancient Near East
  • Coordinator for Online Egyptological Bibliography:
  • Senior Editorial Consultant for online encyclopedia project for Egyptology:

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