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Where Are They Now Wednesday: Alex Loktionov on Egyptology & Donald Trump!

Alex Loktionov from the University of Cambridge was Highly Commended in 2014 in the Classical Studies category for his paper A cippus of “Horus on the crocodiles.”

Horus on the crocodiles

Since then he’s been working towards a PhD on Ancient Egyptian justice systems and has recently been appointed to a fellowship at the Library of Congress (LoC) to continue this work.

“In particular I’m looking at how court structure in Ancient Egypt evolved across the 2nd millennium BCE, primarily through the study of hieroglyphic tomb inscriptions and administrative documents.

Part of my remit as a fellow at the LoC is to promote the fellowship scheme, which is based at the LoC Kluge Center and aims to promote intellectual exchange in an international setting. You also get a generous salary (depends exactly on the fellowship type, but generally substantially better than PhD or Postdoc funding), unlimited use and borrowing rights at the world’s largest library, and obviously an opportunity to work, live, and socialise on and around Capitol Hill.

Here is the web link to the Kluge Center: https://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/

Alex has recently written an article for The Guardian entitled Ramesses II, victor of Kadesh: a kindred spirit of Trump? which has sparked some lively debate!

He writes that:

“The narrative designed for internal consumption was fiction moulded around a kernel of fact: the pharaoh was indeed cut off from his army, he did face a chariot onslaught while outnumbered, and he did inflict casualties. He lost, but so what? As politics continues to show, even dubious achievements can become triumphs after sufficient amplification and trumpeting.”

 He is also working on an LoC podcast about his Egyptology work so watch this space!
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