Filip Coppens, Ph.D.

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Filip Coppens graduated in archaeology and egyptology at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He was a member and deputy field-director of the Belgian Archaeological and Epigraphical Mission to Shanhur (1995-2000) before joining the Czech Institute of Egyptology in 2001. He is interested in all aspects of the history and religion of Egypt in the Late and Ptolemaic and Roman period and specialises in the temples of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt and the Ptolemaic language. He is a member of the Foundation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth and Egyptologica Vlaanderen.


1989-1993: M.A. in Archaeology, KU Leuven, Belgium (M.A. thesis: [/i]The Royal Tombs of the New Kingdom. An Architectural Study[/i])
1993-1995: M.A. in Egyptology, KU Leuven, Belgium (M.A. thesis: Egyptian Temples of the Roman Period in the Thebais)
2004-2008: Ph.D. in Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague(Ph.D. dissertation: The Complex of Wabet and Court in Temples of the Thirtieth Dynasty and Ptolemaic and Roman Period)


2019-2021 Continuity, Discontinuity and Change. Adaptation Strategies of Individuals and Communities in Egypt at Times of Internal and External Transformations (GA ČR 19-072685)


2017 Christoffel Plantin Oorkonde – Belgian civilian prize, intended to reward a Belgian citizen who resides abroad, and has made significant contributions to cultural, artistic or scientific activities.

Selected bibliography:


  • Coppens, F., The Wabet. Tradition and Innovation in Temples of the Ptolemaic and Roman Period, Prague: Charles University 2007.
  • Vymazalová, H. – Coppens, F., Moudrost svitků boha Thovta. Vědecké poznání za vlády faraonů, Prague: Charles University 2011.
  • Bárta, M. – Coppens, F. – Vymazalová, H. et al., Abusir XIX. Tomb of Hetepi (AS 20), Tombs AS 33–35, and AS 50–53, Prague: Charles University 2010.
  • Coppens, F. – Smoláriková, K., Abusir XX. Lesser Late Period Tombs at Abusir. The Tomb of Padihor and the Anonymous Tomb R3, Prague: Charles University 2009.
  • Willems, H. – Coppens, F. – De Meyer, M., The Temple of Shanhûr I. The Sanctuary, the Wabet, and the Gates of the Central Hall and the Great Vestibule (1-98), (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 124), Leuven: Peeters 2003.

Edited volumes

  • Coppens, F – Vymazalová, H. (eds.), XI. Tempeltagung: The Discourse between Tomb and Temple, Königtum, Staat und Gesellschaft früher Hochkulturen 3/6, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag [to be published in 2019].
  • Bárta, M. – Coppens, F. – Krejčí, J. (eds.), Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2015, Prague: Charles University 2017.
  • Coppens, F – Janák, J. – Vymazalová, H. (eds), 7. Symposium zur Königsideologie / 7th Symposium on Egyptian Royal Ideology: Royal versus Divine Autority. Acquisition, Legitimization and Renewal of Power. Prague, June 26-28, 2013, Königtum, Staat und Gesellschaft früher Hochkulturen 4/4, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2015.
  • Bárta, M. – Coppens, F. – Krejčí, J. (eds.), Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2010, vols I–II, Prague: Charles University 2011.
  • Bareš, L. – Coppens, F. – Smoláriková, K. (eds.), Egypt in Transition. Social and Religious Development of Egypt in the First Millennium BCE, Prague: Charles University 2010.
  • Bárta, M. – Coppens, F. – Krejčí, J. (eds.), Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2005. Proceedings of the Conference Held in Prague (June 27– July 5, 2005), Prague: Charles University 2006.
  • Coppens, F. (ed.), Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2001. Proceedings of the Symposium (Prague, September 25th – 27th 2001), Archiv Orientální Supplementa 70.3 (2002), 261–425.


  • Coppens, F., “Heh(u) (“Infinity”). A personification of an aspect of the Nile inundation in the Temples of Dendara and Edfu”, Anthropologie. International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution LVI/3, Brno, 173–184.
  • Coppens, F., “The Gifts of “Darkness” (kkw). The dark waters of the Nile inundation in hydrological processions of the Ptolemaic and Roman era”, Annals of the Naprstek Museum 38/2 (2017), 5–16.
  • Janák, J. – Coppens, F., “The Near and the Distant King. Two Oppositions in the Concept of Divine Authority of the Egyptian King”, in Bács, T. A. – Beinlich, H. (eds.), 8. Symposium zur Königsideologie / 8th Symposium on Egyptian Royal Ideology. Constructing Authority: Prestige, Reputation and the Perception of Power in Egyptian Kingship, Königtum, Staat und Gesellschaft früher Hochkulturen 4/5, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag 2017, 131–144.
  • Landgráfová, R. – Coppens, F. – Janák, J. – Míčková, D., “Myth and Ritual in the Burial Chamber of the Shaft Tomb of Iufaa at Abusir: Snakes and Snake-like Beings”, in Bárta, M. – Coppens, F. – Krejčí, J. (eds.), Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2015, Prague: Charles University in Prague 2017, 613–626.
  • Coppens, F., “@b Ssp mnx.t. A Feast of Harsomtus of Khadi on Mesore 29”, in Landgráfová, R. – Mynářová, J. (eds.), Rich in Years, Great in Victories: Studies in Honour of Anthony J. Spalinger on the Occasion of his 70th Feast of Thoth, Prague: Charles University 2016, 29–38.
  • Coppens, F., “The Valley of the Kings from the End of the New Kingdom to the Late Twentieth Century. Chapter 31: Late Dynastic, Graeco-Roman, and Christian Times; Post-New Kingdom Graffiti”, in Wilkinson, R. H. – Weeks. K. R. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016, 469–480.

Updated 12.2.2019

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