Prof. Dr. Tonio Sebastian Richter

Tonio Sebastian Richter is Professor for Egyptology / Coptology at the Freie Universität Berlin. He received his diploma in Protestant Theology in 1992 with a thesis on “Hasmonaean coinage” and his MA in Egyptology and Religious Studies in 1996 with a thesis on “Coptic and Greek papyri, ostraca and stelae” at the University of Leipzig. He wrote his PhD thesis on the language of Coptic legal documents in 1999, printed as “Rechtssemantik und forensische Rhetorik” (2nd ed. 2008) and his habilitation on Coptic land leases in 2005. He is the co-editor of “Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde” and of “Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete”, editorial bord member of “Lingua Aegyptia”, elected board member of the “Comité International de Papyrologie” and of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology and corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute. He is the director of the DFG long-term project “Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic” and of the project “Strukturen und Transformationen des Wortschatzes der altägyptischen Sprache” of the Berlin Academy.

He is affiliated to Topoi research area B through the direction of the DAI project “Deir Anba Hadra. Epigraphy, Art and Architecture in a mediaval monastery on the west bank of Assuan”, with two doctoral students, coptologist Lena Krastel and archaeologist Sebastian Olschok, working on it in the context of research group (B-4) Space – Identity – Locality. The Construction of Knowledge Related Identity Spaces.

His main research is Linguistics & sociolinguistics of the Egyptian-Coptic language and Coptic papyrology, as well as Social and economic history, religion, magic and sciences in Byzantine and early Islamic Egypt and Coptic literature and epigraphy. His current research is focused on contact-induced language change of the Egyptian-Coptic language.


Further Activities

25.10.2016 Talk Deir Anba Hadra. Ein Kloster, seine Besucher und ihre Inschriften
at Archäologische Gesellschaft e.V., Berlin 
16.-17.3.2016 Talk The making of memory: visitors’ inscriptions in the Upper Egyptian monastery Deir Anba Hadra
Part of: Conference Monastic Economies in Egypt and Palestine in the 5th to 10th Centuries CE. Oxford
3.3.2015 Talk Kritzeleien. Koptische und arabische Besucherinschriften im Simeonskloster bei Assuan und ihre Bedeutung
at Ägyptisches Museum, Berlin