Nikolaos Lazaridis


Assistant Professor of Ancient History

(D.Phil. in Egyptology and Classics, Oxford)


Contact details:

6000 J street

Department of History

Tahoe Hall 3091

California State University

Sacramento, CA 95819-6059, USA



tel: 916-2786234

Courses offered:

HIST 101A-B/LANG 120A-B: Language and culture of Ancient Greece

HIST 108: History of Ancient Egypt

HIST 110: Cultural History of the Ancient Near East

HIST 111: History and Culture of Ancient Greece

HIST 112: History and Culture of Ancient Rome

HIST 192B, 197B, or HIST 280B: Undergraduate and graduate seminars on various topics, such as “The influence of ancient cultures on the modern world” or “Hellenistic and Roman Egypt”

HIST 199/299: Independent studies on Egyptian hieroglyphs, Hieratic, and Coptic


Head epigraphist of the team of North Kharga Oasis Survey (since 2003) exploring new sites and desert routes in North Kharga Oasis, Egypt


Major Publications:

1) Wisdom in Loose Form: The Language of Egyptian and Greek Proverbs in Collections from the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, Mnemosyne, Supplements 287, Leiden: Brill (2007)

2) Proceedings of the Xth International Congress of Egyptologists, co-edited with P. Kousoulis, Leuven: Peeters (in press)

3) Storytelling and narrative writing in ancient Egypt and Greece (in preparation)

4) “Education and Apprenticeship”, in UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, ed. E. Frood and W. Wendrich, Los Angeles (2010), available at

5) “Notes on the forms and uses of didactic language in ancient Egyptian and Greek narrative works”, Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities 36 (2009), pp. 67-87

6) “Ethics”, entry in the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology available at (2008)

7) Review of R. Drew Griffith, Mummy wheat: Egyptian influence on the Homeric view of the afterlife and the Eleusinian mysteries (Lanham: University Press Of America 2008), Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.04.25

8) “Labelling Wisdom: What makes the sentences of Demotic and Greek wisdom texts proverbs and what not?”, in Actes du IXe congrès international des études démotiques: Paris, 31 août-3 septembre 2005, ed. G. Widmer and D. Devauchelle, Bibliothèque d’étude 147, Cairo: IFAO (2009), pp. 157-172

9) “Crossing the Egyptian desert: Epigraphic work at Kharga oasis”, Maarav: a Journal of Northwest Semitic (in press)

10) “Revolutionizing Egyptology: The socio-political changes in Egypt and their impact on Egyptology”, with contributions by Ms. Marwa Helmy, published as an open forum on the official website of the Hellenic Society for the Study of Ancient Egypt (August, 2011), available online at 

Research interests:

a) Cultural interactions in the Ancient Mediterranean

b) The production of literature in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece

c) Narrative writing in the Ancient Mediterranean