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 “Scientific Information Services for Classical Studies – Propylaeum”

This topic used to be contained within the former Special Subject Collections “Egyptology” (6.21), but the University Library Heidelberg now maintains this within 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 along the stock development, i.e. the acquisition and provision of the latest research literature, on the expansion of  publication activities in the field of Egyptology. Via the publication platforms Propylaeum-eBooks and Propylaeum-DOK, monographs, anthologies.So for example the two founded in 2017 Egyptian e-journal for Egypt reception  "Aegyptiaca. Journal of the History of Reception of Ancient Egypt" (dedicated to the reception of Ancient Egypt) and "CIPEG Journal: Ancient Egyptian & Sudanese Collections and Museums" (that deals with concepts and developments of Egyptological collections) will be hosted with further issues via the Propylaeum eJournals.

For the 2019 a thematic portal is planned for the Ancient site of Assiut. "entire series and articles can be published online.
Furthermore, the digitization of historical literature will also be expanded, focusing on 18th–20th centuries.

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.

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