PhDr. Massimiliano Nuzzolo, PhD


Massimiliano Nuzzolo graduated in 2004 in Oriental Languages and Cultures at L’Orientale University of Naples, Italy, where he also got his Ph.D. in Egyptology in 2010. In 2012, he got a post-doctorate at La Sapienza University of Rome in Classical Archaeology and in 2015 he became a scientific member of the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale au Caire (IFAO). He is currently research associate in Egyptology at the Charles University of Prague, Czech Institute of Egyptology, as well as co-director of the Italian archaeological expedition (L’Orientale University of Naples) at the sun temple of Niuserra at Abu Ghurab. His research focuses on archeology and history of the Third Millennium BC, with a special focus on the sun temples and the study of royal ideology, architecture and literary texts in the fifth dynasty. In the last years, he has also been working on landscape archaeology and the reassessment of topographical and cartographical issues connected to the Memphite necropolis, esp. Abusir and Saqqara. He has been a member of several archaeological missions in Egypt, Sudan, and Italy.


Professional Career

2004: Graduation in Oriental Languages and Cultures, L’Orientale University of Naples, Italy;
2010: PhD. dissertation in Egyptology, L’Orientale University of Naples;
2010-2012: post-doc in Classical Archaeology, La Sapienza University, Rome;
2014-15: Visiting Professor in Egyptology, Alexandria University, Egypt;

since 2010: co-director of the Italian archaeological expedition at the sun temple of Niuserra, Abu Ghurab;
since 2015: scientific member of Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale au Caire (IFAO).

since 2016: associate researcher at the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Charles University in Prague.


Selected bibliography

Monograph and edited volumes

  • Nuzzolo, M. (forthcoming 2016): The Sun Temples of the Fifth Dynasty and the Royal Ideology of the Old Kingdom. „Abusir Series“, Prague: Charles University Press.
  • Raffaele, F., Nuzzolo, M., Incordino, I. Eds. (2010): Latest Research and Recent Discoveries in Egyptology. Proceedings of the First Neapolitan Congress of Egyptology, Naples 18-20 June 2008, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 369 pp.

Book Chapters

  • Nuzzolo, M. (2014): L’oro del valore, il valore dell’oro. I molteplici significati dell’oro nella cultura dell’antico Egitto. In: Tortorelli, M. Ed. AURUM. Funzioni e simbologie dell’oro delle culture del Mediterraneo Antico. Roma: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 41-51.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2011): La tradizione teurgica egizia: il rituale della «apertura della bocca». In: Albanese, L., Mander, P., Nuzzolo, M., La Teurgia nel Mondo Antico. Mesopotamia, Egitto, Oracoli Caldaici, Misteri Egiziani. Genova: ECIG, 275-297.

Articles in international peer-reviewed journals or proceedings of conferences

  • Nuzzolo, M. (2016a): Sciamanesimo e Antico Egitto. Prospettive di Ricerca. In: Rivista di Studi e Materiali in Storia delle Religioni 37. Rome: Nuova Cultura Editrice, 105-131.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2016b): The Fifth Dynasty Sun Temples and Their Relationship with the Contemporary Pyramids. In: I. Hein, I., Billing, N. Eds. The Pyramids: Between Life and Death. Proceedings of the Conference held at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, May 31 – June 01, 2012, Uppsala: 163-186.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2015a): The Sed-Festival of Niuserra and the Fifth Dynasty Sun Temples. In: Harvard Egyptolgocical Studies 1. Towards a New History of the Egyptian Old Kingdom. Perspectives on the Pyramid Age. Leiden: Brill, 364-388.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2015b): The Bent Pyramid of Snefru at Dahshur. A project failure or an intentional architectural framework? In: Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 44, Hamburg: Helmut Buske, 259-282
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2015c): Royal Authority, Divine Legitimization. Topography as an element of acquisition, confirmation and renewal of power in the Fifth Dynasty. In: Coppens, F., Janak, J., Vymazalova, H. Eds. Royal versus Divine Authority Acquisition, Legitimization and Renewal of Power. Proceedings of the Tagung zur Königsideologie. Prague, June 1-3, 2013. Königtum, Staat und Gesellschaft früher Hochkulturen 4/4, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 289-304.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2013): From Lepsius to Borchardt. Archaeological investigations at the Fifth Dynasty Sun Temples in Abu Ghurab. In: Betrò, M., Miniaci, G. Eds. Talking along the Nile. Ippolito Rosellini, travellers and scholars of the 19th century in Egypt. Pisa: University Press, 163-176.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2012): Man approaching God: some remarks on the Egyptian and Mesopotamian Rituals of the Opening/Washing of the Mouth. In: AION – Annali dell’Università di Napoli “L’Orientale” 72, Napoli: Il Torcoliere, 165-175.
  • Nuzzolo, M., Pirelli R. (2011a): New archaeological investigation in the sun temple of Niuserra in Abu Ghurab. In: Barta, M., Coppens, F., Krejci, J. Eds. Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2010. Proceedings of the Conference held in Prague, May 31st – June 4th, Prague: Charles University, 664-679.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2011b): Benevento: l’Iseo dimenticato e le streghe del Sannio. In: Forma Urbis, Year XVI, n. 10, October 2011, Rome: EES, 30-39.
  • Nuzzolo, M., Pirelli R. (2010a): Nuove ricerche archeologiche nel tempio solare di Niuserra ad Abu Ghurab. In: Aegyptus LXXXIX, Milano: Università del Sacro Cuore, 67-88.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2011c): The Reserve Heads: some remarks on their function and meaning. In: Strudwick, N., Strudwick, H. Eds. Old Kingdom: New Perspectives. Art and Archaeology 2750-2150 BC. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 200-215.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2010a): The Vth Dynasty Sun Temples Personnel: an overview of titles and cult practice through the epigraphic evidence. In: Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 39, Hamburg: Helmut Buske, 289-312.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2010b): Royal Architecture and Pyramid Texts: some remarks on “Kingship” in the Third Millennium BC. In: Raffaele, F., Nuzzolo, M., Incordino, I. Eds. Recent Discoveries and Latest Researches in Egyptology. Proceedings of the First Neapolitan Congress of Egyptology, Naples, June 18-20, 2008, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 177-197.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2007a): The sun temples of the Vth dynasty: a reassessment. In: Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 36, Hamburg: Helmut Buske, 217-247.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2007b): Considerazioni su alcune cariche sacerdotali della V dinastia. In: Aegyptus LXXXVII, Milano: Università del Sacro Cuore, 215-233.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2007c): Sun Temples and Kingship in the Ancient Egyptian Kingdom. In: Cardin, C., Goyon, J.C. Eds. Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress of Egyptologists, Grenoble, 6-12 September 2004. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 150, Leuven: Peeters, 1401-1410.
  • Nuzzolo, M. (2005): I templi solari della V dinastia: significato e pratiche cultuali. In: Aegyptus LXXXV, Milano: Università del Sacro Cuore, 75-101.
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