Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Nikolaos Lazaridis

Title: Professor of Ancient Mediterranean History

Office Location: Tahoe Hall 3091

Email: lazaridi@csus.edu

Office Phone: 916.278.6234

Mailing Address: 6000 J street, California State University, Sacramento CA 95819

Office Hours: Tue 3.30-5.30pm (https://csus.zoom.us/j/89887831804)


HIST 10: Critical thinking and ancient mysteries
HIST 108: Ancient Egypt
HIST 110: Ancient Near East
HIST 111: Ancient Greece
HIST 112: Ancient Rome

HIST 192 or 280: seminars on the cultural history of the ancient Mediterranean


D.Phil. in Oriental Studies (Egyptology) and Classics - Merton College, Oxford University (2002-2005)

M.Phil. in Oriental Studies (Egyptology) - Brasenose College, Oxford University (2000-2002)

B.A. in Egyptology - The American University in Cairo (1996-2000)


"A ‘Late Antique’ mining community in North Kharga Oasis (Egypt)", co-authored with S. Ikram, N. Warner, C. Boyer, L.-A. Warden, R. Cook, J. Bunbury, Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 57 (2021), pp. 123-173

"Like wringing water from a stone! Information extraction from two rock graffiti in North Kharga, Egypt", Heritage 4 (2021), pp. 2263-2260

“Desert deviations: Massaging standard writing conventions in North Kharga’s ancient graffiti”, in: Proceedings of the Ninth International Dakhleh Oasis Project conference: Papers presented in honour of Anthony J. Mills, ed. Colin A. Hope, Gillian E. Bowen, Dakhleh Oasis Papers 9, Oxford: Oxbow Books 2019, pp. 127-134

“Carving the desert: Ancient travellers’ epigraphic uses of Kharga Oasis rock surfaces”, in: En détail – Philologie und Archäologie im Diskurs. Festschrift für Hans-W. Fischer-Elfert, Bd. 1, ed. M. Brose, P. Dils, F. Naether, L. Popko, D. Raue, Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde – Beihefte 7, Berlin: DeGruyter 2019, pp. 587-600

Voices from Ancient Greece: Sources on the Greek society, culture, and history, first edition, San Diego: Cognella Academic Publishing 2019

“Wisdom literature”, in All things ancient Egyptian: An encyclopedia of the Ancient Egyptian world, ed. L. K. Sabbahy, ABC Clio 2019, pp. 577-80

Review of C. Ragazzoli, Ö. Harmanşah, C. Salvador, E. Frood (ed.), Scribbling through history: Graffiti, places and people from antiquity to modernity (Bloomsbury 2018), Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2019.02.45

“North Gib petroglyphs: The Coptic inscription”; “Demotic texts from the temple of Piyris” (coauthored with E. Cruz-Uribe); "The Coptic inscriptions from the church of Umm el-Dabadib”; “The Coptic inscriptions in the Cave Dwelling”, in: C. Rossi and S. Ikram, North Kharga Oasis Survey: Explorations in Egypt's Western Desert, British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan 5. Leuven: Peeters 2018, pp. 41; 166-170; 236-238; 263-265

“Action and private space in ancient Egyptian narrative”, in: Time and space at issue in Ancient Egypt, ed. G. Chantrain and J. Winand, Lingua Aegyptia, Studia Monographica 19, Hamburg: Widmaier Verlag 2018, pp. 71-80

“Hyperbole in demotic wisdom”, in: Illuminating Osiris. Egyptological studies in honor of Mark Smith, ed. R. Jasnow and G. Widmer, Visual and Material Culture of Egypt 2, Bristol, CT: Lockwood Press 2017, pp. 215-220

“Different Parallels, Different Interpretations: Reading parallels between Ancient Egyptian and Greek works of literature”, in: Graeco-Egyptian Interactions Literature, Translation, and Culture, 500 BC-AD 300, ed. I. Rutherford, Oxford: Oxford U.P. 2016, pp. 187-207

“Amun-Ra, lord of the sky: A deity for travellers of the western desert”, British Museum Studies of Ancient Egypt and Sudan 22 (2015), pp. 44-60

Proceedings of the Xth International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, May 22-29 2008, co-edited with P. Kousoulis, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 241, Leuven: Peeters 2015

“Time in timeless wisdom: the use of tense in Egyptian and Greek sayings (with some advice to grammarians)”, in: Acts of the Tenth International Congress of Demotic Studies, Leuven, 26-30 August 2008, ed. M. Depauw and Y. Broux, OLA 231, Leuven, Peeters 2014, pp. 123-139

Review of C. Di-Biase-Dyson, Foreigners and Egyptians in the Late Egyptian Stories: linguistic, literary and historical perspectives, Probleme der Ägyptologie 32 (Leiden; Boston: Brill 2013), JNES 73.2 (2014), pp. 43-44

“Physical characterization in ancient Egyptian narrative literature: a case study in ancient stylistics”, Égypte Nilotique et Méditerranéenne 6 (2013), pp. 123-137

“Humor and satire in Pharaonic Egypt”, in The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ed. R. S. Bagnall et al., first edition, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2013, pp. 3338-3341

“Crossing the Egyptian desert: Epigraphic work at Kharga oasis”, Maarav: a Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures 19.1-2 (2012), pp. 117-129

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

“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

“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

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

“Ethics”, in UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, ed. E. Frood and W. Wendrich, Los Angeles 2008

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

“The Religion of Egyptian Proverbs”, in The Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress of Egyptologists, ed. J.-Cl. Goyon and C. Cardin, OLA 150, Leuven: Peeters 2007, pp. 1091-1100



Storytellers at work: Crafting characters in ancient Egyptian stories. A monograph on storytelling techniques employed in ancient Egyptian fictional stories.

Epigraphy in North Kharga Oasis's Darb Ain Amur. The publication of more than 200 ancient graffiti carved by travelers who crossed Egypt's Western Desert and recorded by the North Kharga Oasis-Darb Ayn Amur team.

Aegyptiaca in the Greek world. Research on ancient Egyptian or Egyptianizing artifacts found in various sites that were part of the ancient Greek world.



International Association of Egyptologists

American Historical Association

Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities

American Research Center in Egypt

Hellenic Society for the Study of Ancient Egypt