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Steffie van Gompel

PhD candidate

S.M.T. van Gompel MRes
+31 71 527 6406

Fields of Interest

  • Marriage in ancient Egypt and the ancient Mediterranean world.
  • Demotic and abnormal hieratic texts and records.
  • Practices of kinship, marriage and family in pre-modern cultures.
  • Herdsmen and cattle in the Egyptian Old Kingdom.

Ph.D. Research

Women and Marriage in Ancient Egypt: A new appraisal of the Marital Property Settlements.

Supervisors: Prof. Olaf Kaper & Dr. Koen Donker van Heel.

My research focuses on marriage in ancient Egyptian society, and especially the way aspects of it are expressed in certain demotic contracts known as marital property settlements. Using anthropological theory and comparative studies of similar texts in the ancient Mediterranean world, I hope to establish a clearer view of how Egyptian marriage worked, what it meant for the spouses, and how it established the social position of Egyptian women.   


2014: Bachelor Languages and Cultures of Mesopotamia and Anatolia (TCMA),  Leiden University
2012: Research Master Classics and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures (CLANEC), track Egyptology, Leiden University
2009: Bachelor Egyptian Language and Culture, Leiden University

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SMES Egyptologie

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.04c



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