Egyptology comprises all aspects of the pharaonic advanced civilization such as scripture and literature, art and culture, archeology, history, economics, etc. The subject also deals with the prehistory and early history of Ancient Egypt, with Nubiology as well as with Coptic language and literature. The time overlap with related areas (such as prehistory and early history, ancient history) is fluent, however Egyptology concentrates on the period between 4000 BC and 400 AD.


Egyptology in the Specialized Information Service Classics – Propylaeum

Heidelberg University Library now maintains the former Special Subject Collection 6.21 “Egyptology” in Propylaeum. The subject is represented by Prof. Dr. Joachim Quack (Heidelberg University) on the scientific advisory board of Propylaeum.

Current Focus of Activity

After completion of the primary project phase (2016-2018) and the beginning of the current funding phase (2019-2021), a new focus has been set on stock development, i.e. the acquisition and provision of the latest research literature and on the expansion of  publication activities in the field of Egyptology. Via the publication platforms Propylaeum-eBooks and Propylaeum-DOK we publish monographs, anthologies, series and articles. So for example two Egyptological e-journals on the reception of Ancient Egypt (both founded in 2017), the "Aegyptiaca. Journal of the History of Reception of Ancient Egypt" and "CIPEG Journal: Ancient Egyptian & Sudanese Collections and Museums" (deals with concepts and developments of Egyptological collections), will be hosted with further issues on Propylaeum eJournals.

In 2021, the establishment of the thematic portal "The Egyptian city of Assiut and the Gebel Assiut al-gharbi" was started.
Furthermore, the digitization of historical literature will also be expanded, focusing on the 18th–20th century.

The Open-Access-Aggregator recensio.antiquitatis will receive further technical enhancements and additional journals as content-stock expansion.

Furthermore, a new user service is available: Upon registering to this service, Propylaeum users are now able to create individual profiles and can chose if they would like to be informed on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis about new accessions via email or RSS feed.

The iDAI.gazetteer will be available for PropylaeumSearch on "Linked Open Data – „Digital Classics“.

In order to improve the access to licensed eBooks on a superregional/national level, the first products are being provided via “FID-licenses” throughout Germany.

Do you have further questions?
Please contact us if you need more information about our services or are interested in the publishing possibilities we offer. It is also possible to arrange appointments for information sessions at your institute or organization.