Jordan Miller


The Queen's College


DPhil Oriental Studies (Egyptology)


jordan [dot] miller [at] orinst [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Educational Background:

I completed a BA in Egyptology and Assyriology at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and stayed on for an MSt as a Clarendon Scholar, training in art-historical approaches alongside specializations in Egyptian art and magical texts. I am now working towards my doctorate as the Barns Student in Egyptology at The Queen's College, Oxford.

Research Interests:

  • Conceptualizations of visual images in ancient Egypt
  • Magic and religion in the third and second millennia BCE
  • Underworld books, particularly visual and historical aspects
  • Predynastic Egyptian culture, state formation, relations with the Near East

My DPhil project (supervised by Prof. John Baines and Dr Elizabeth Frood) explores how 'composite' images were used and understood in ancient Egypt. These include 'mixed' human-animal and multi-animal forms of deities. Currently, I concentrate on forms which incorporate ophidian elements, particularly in the Amduat, Book of Two Ways, and apotropaic 'wands' of the second millennium BCE.

Major goals of my research are to understand the relationships between different forms, to situate the incorporation of animal elements within a wider set of visual strategies, and to compare iconographies between periods and contexts. I am also interested in cross-cultural approaches to the topic.

Teaching and Outreach:

I deliver undergraduate lectures, classes, and tutorials on Egyptian art, history, and language.

I am a Junior Teaching Fellow and a Public Engagement Research Associate at the Ashmolean Museum for academic year 2019/20, exploring topics such as 'danger', 'identity', and 'emotions' with colleagues and students from diverse fields. I have written on compassion in ancient Egyptian ethics for the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion, and co-curated two displays of Egyptian and Egyptological material at The Queen's College, Oxford (links below).

Publications and Talks:

2019. Tracking serpopards from Hierakonpolis onward. Nekhen News 31, 24–25.

2019. Composite figures in Egyptian art: Modelling relationships between selected religious compositions. Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Work-in-Progress Seminar. University of Liverpool.

2019. Composite snakes in second millennium iconographies: Amduat, apotropaic wands, and the Book of Two Ways. Egypt's heartland: Regional perspectives on Hierakonpolis, Elkab and Edfu. Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

2019 (with A.-K. Gill). Catalogue of the Queen's College collection on display in the Peet Library <>

2019 (co-curated with R.B. Parkinson). Ancient Egyptian at Queen's <>

2018. Fantastic beasts and how to view them: From concept to representation in ancient Egyptian art. Harris Manchester–Homerton Graduate Research Day. University of Cambridge.

2017. Intertwined, intermezzo: The serpopard in context. Egyptology Graduate Conference. Brown University.

Jordan Miller