Peter J. Brand

Peter J. Brand


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Ph.D., Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, 1998

Fields of Interest

My areas of focus in Egyptology are the history and culture of the New Kingdom, particularly in the late 18th Dynasty and the Ramesside Periods. I use a multi-disciplinary approach in my research and teaching that integrates history, art history, language and epigraphy. Subjects that interest me most and are part of my ongoing research include Egyptian foreign relations and diplomacy, the political history of the Nineteenth Dynasty, New Kingdom military reliefs and texts, the role and function of the state temples in the New Kingdom and their iconography, construction and decoration of large monuments, royal ideology and divine kingship and the Post-Amarna period. I am also very interested in methodological questions, especially epigraphic techniques and methodology and historical method and historiography in Egyptology.

Courses taught

Egypt of the Pharaohs, Imperial Egypt, Egyptian Epigraphy, Ramesside Military and Diplomatic Texts, Middle Kingdom History, The Amarna Period in Egypt, Egyptian Historiography, Ramesside Egypt, The Old Kingdom, Earliest Egypt: Predynastic-Third Dynasty, Deir el-Medina, The Ancient World, The Greek Experience, Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, Ancient Rome

Graduate students in the Egyptology program can also express a desire for which courses they would like to see offered in the areas of Egyptian History.

Representative publications


  • The Monuments of Seti I and their Historical Significance: Epigraphic, Historical and Art Historical Analysis (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2000).
  • Peter Brand and Louise Cooper (editors), Causing His Name to Live: Studies in Egyptian History and Epigraphy in Memory of William J. Murnane (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2009). Online at


A complete list of articles is online at

  • "The 'Lost' Obelisks and Colossi of Seti I," Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 34 (1997): 101-114.
  • "Secondary Restorations in the Post-Amarna Period," Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 36 (1999), 113-134.
  • "A Grafitto of Amen-Re in Luxor Temple Restored by the High Priest Menkheperre," in G. N. Knoppers and A. Hirsch (eds.), Egypt, Israel, and the Ancient Mediterranean World: Studies in Honor of Donald B. Redford (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2004), 157-266.
  • "The Karnak Hypostyle Hall Project (1992-2002)," Annales du Service des Antiquités d'Égypte 78 (2004), 79-127.
  • "Ideology and Politics of the Early Ramesside Kings (13th Century B.C.): A Historical Approach," Prozesse des Wandels in historischen Spannungsfeldrn Nordostafrikas/Westasiens: Akten zum 2. Symposium des SFB 295, Mainz, 15.10.-17.10.2001 (Würzburg, 2005), 23-38.
  • "Veils, Votives and Marginalia: the Use of Sacred Space at Karnak and Luxor," in P. F. Dorman and B. M. Bryan (eds.), Sacred Space and Sacred Function in Ancient Thebes, SAOC 61 (Chicago: Oriental Institute Publications, 2006), 52-59.
  • "The Shebyu-Collar in the New Kingdom, Part 1," Studies in Memory of Nicholas B. Millet, The Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquity Journal 33 (2006), 17-28.
  • "Irrational Imperatives: Ideological Factors in Egyptian-Hittite Relations under Ramesses II," in P. Kousoulis and K. Magliveras (eds.), Moving Across Borders: Foreign Relations, Religion and Cultural Interactions in the Ancient Mediterranean, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 159 (Leuven: Peeters, 2007), 15-33.

Forthcoming Publications (in Press)

  • "The Date of Battle Reliefs on the South Wall of the Great Hypostyle Hall and the West Wall of the Cour de la Cachette at Karnak and the History of the Later Nineteenth Dynasty," M. Collier and S. Snape (eds.), Ramesside Studies in Honour of K.A. Kitchen (Bolton: Rutherford Press Limited, 2009), pp 49-70.
  • "Aegis and Figurehead," UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology,
  • "Restoration and Reuse," UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology,
  • "Usurpation of Monuments," UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology,

Works in Progress

  • Peter J. Brand and W. J. Murnane†, The Karnak Hypostyle Hall Project, volume I.2, The Wall Reliefs: Translations and Epigraphic Commentary.
  • Peter J. Brand and W. J. Murnane†, The Karnak Hypostyle Hall Project, volume II, Reliefs and Inscriptions in the Gateways.