Joshua A. Roberson, Ph.D.

Joshua Roberson

Associate Professor of Art History

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 2007

Department of Art
University of Memphis
202 Art & Communication Bldg.
Memphis, TN 38152-3140



Dr. Roberson is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art at the University of Memphis. He teaches Middle and Late Egyptian language and offers courses on ancient Egyptian literature, history and archaeology.


Egyptian Underworld Books, and related cosmological and mortuary literature; ancient Egyptian language and cryptography; seals and sealing practice; digital epigraphy and 3D tomb modeling.



  • Ramesside Inscriptions: Historical and Biographical, vol. IX. Wallasey, UK, Abercromby Press, 2018.
  • The Awakening of Osiris and the Transit of the Solar Barques: Royal Apotheosis in a Most Concise Book of the Underworld and Sky. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis vol. 262. Freibourg, Vandehoeck & Rupprech, 2013.
  • The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Earth. Brown University, Wilbour Studies in Egypt and Ancient Western Asia vol. 1.  Atlanta, Lockwood Press, 2012.
  • "The seal impressions."  In Guillaume Charloux, Raphaël Angevin, Sylvia Marchand, Hervé Monchot, Agnès Oboussier, Joshua Roberson, and Hélène Virenque, Le parvis du temple d'Opet à Karnak. Exploration archéologique (2006–2007), Travaux du Centre franco-égyptien d'étude des temples de Karnak, Bibliothèque générale 41 (Cairo 2012), 125-144.

Select Articles:

  • "Chapter 21: The Royal Funerary Books." In K. Weeks and R. Wilkinson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings (Oxford 2016, in press).
  • "A New Nautical Idiom for Hoisting Sails (in the Underworld)?" In Göttinger Miszellen, 233 (2012), 43–50
  • "The Trampled Foe: Two New Examples of a Rare Amuletic Form." In Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 96 (2010), 219–222.
  • "Observations on the so-called 'sw sḏm=f,' or Middle Egyptian Proclitic Pronoun Construction." In Z. Hawass and J. Wegner (eds.), Millions of Jubilees: Studies in Honor of David P. Silverman (SASAE 39, vol. 2, Cairo 2010), 185–205.
  • "A Solar Litany from the Tomb of Ramesses IX" In Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, 45 (2009), 227–232.
  • "Inside or at Home? An Observation on Syntax in the Serpent's Prophesy, Shipwrecked Sailor 167–69." In Göttinger Miszellen, 222 (2009), 51–55.
  • "The Early History of "New Kingdom" Netherworld Iconography: A Late Middle Kingdom Apotropaic Wand Reconsidered." In D.P. Silverman, W.K. Simpson, and J. Wegner (eds.), Archaism and Innovation: Studies in the Culture of Middle Kingdom Egypt (New Haven 2009), 427–445
  • "The Rebirth of the Sun: Mortuary Art and Architecture in the Royal Tombs of New Kingdom Egypt." In Expedition, 50/2 (2008), 14–25.
  • "An Enigmatic Wall from the Cenotaph of Seti I at Abydos." In Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, 43 (2007), 93–112.

Field Projects:

  • Since 2014, Dr. Roberson has served as the seal-impressions analyst for the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo (DAIK) expedition Lebenswirklichkeiten - Eine Synthese von Archäologie und Naturwissenschaften ("Realities of Life - A Synthesis of Archaeology and the Natural Sciences"), at Elephantine Island in Aswan, Egypt.