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Dominic Alexander Sebastian Montserrat (2 January 1964 – 23 September 2004) was a British egyptologist and papyrologist.

Dominic Montserrat
Born(1964-01-02)2 January 1964
Died23 September 2004(2004-09-23) (aged 40)
London, United Kingdom
Academic background
Alma materDurham University
University College London
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Warwick
The Open University


Early life and educationEdit

Montserrat studied Egyptology at Durham University and received his PhD in Classics at University College London, specializing in Greek, Coptic and Egyptian Papyrology.

Academic careerEdit

From 1992 to 1999 he taught Classics at the University of Warwick. Suffering since birth from hemophilia, his increasingly deteriorating health led Montserrat to resign from teaching in 1999 and take up a research post in the classics department of The Open University. In 2004, he died from the effects of his illness at the age of forty.[1][2]

Despite his ill health Montserrat was remarkably productive in his brief scholarly life: he was a member of the committee of the Egypt Exploration Society, for which he published regularly, and curated the award-winning travelling exhibition Ancient Egypt: Digging For Dreams of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. A wider audience saw him co-presenting the TV documentary series The Egyptian Detectives, a production of National Geographic Channel and Channel Five.[1][2]

In his 1996 debut book Sex and Society in Graeco-Roman Egypt Montserrat presented a broad study of ancient sexuality and its cultural manifestations in Greco-Roman Egypt.[3] His second book focused on the life and times of the "heretic pharaoh" Akhenaten (2000), whose long afterlife as an object of modern interpretations and appropriations he critically analyzed.

Selected worksEdit

  • Sex and Society in Graeco-Roman Egypt, London & New York: Kegan Paul, 1996, ISBN 0-7103-0530-3
  • From Constantine to Julian: Pagan and Byzantine Views. A Source History, London & New York: Routledge, 1996 (co-editor), ISBN 0-415-09335-X
  • Akhenaten: History, Fantasy and Ancient Egypt, London & New York: Routledge, 2000, ISBN 0-415-18549-1

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Dominic Montserrat. Egyptologist who lived on borrowed time". The Independent. 13 October 2004. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Dominic Montserrat. Egyptologist and writer". The Guardian. 10 November 2004. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Dominic Montserrat, Sex and Society in Graeco-Roman Egypt". Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 10 June 1998. Retrieved 3 September 2010.

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