Federico Zangani is a postdoctoral fellow at the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Charles University in Prague. He received a BA in Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in 2014 from the University of Oxford, where he studied both Egyptology and Assyriology, and a Ph.D. in Egyptology in 2020 from Brown University, in the USA. His Ph.D. dissertation investigated the evolution of the foreign policy of the Egyptian 18th Dynasty in the northern Levant and how this process led to the diplomatic system of the Amarna letters.
Having been trained as a philologist in Egyptian, Akkadian, and several other Near Eastern languages, his research is primarily concerned with the political, literary, and cultural history of New Kingdom Egypt, Egyptian imperialism in the Levant and its portrayal in royal inscriptions and literature, the Amarna letters, Late Bronze Age Syria, and, more generally, the interconnectedness of Egypt, the Near East, and the Mediterranean.
Federico first came to the Czech Institute of Egyptology in September-December 2018 as a visiting student while still pursuing his Ph.D. at Brown. Prior to his current postdoc, he taught Egyptian and Near Eastern history in the History department of Wheaton College Massachusetts in Spring 2020, as part of the Brown/Wheaton fellowship programme. His other experience includes voluntary work on cuneiform tablets in the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford in 2013, archaeological excavations in Turkey in 2013 and 2015, and an internship at the Museo Egizio of Turin in 2016 focusing on the hieratic and figurative ostraca from Deir el-Medina.
At Charles University in Prague
2019 ‘Foreign-Indigenous Interactions in the Late Bronze Age Levant: Tuthmosid Imperialism and the Origin of the Amarna Diplomatic System’, in J. Mynářová, M. Kilani, S. Alivernini (eds.) A Stranger in the House – the Crossroads III. Proceedings of an International Conference on Foreigners in Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Societies of the Bronze Age Held in Prague, September 10-13, 2018, Prague: Charles University, Faculty of Arts, pp. 405-423.
2017 ‘Amenhotep II and Ugarit: Evidence from Egyptian Phonology’, Göttinger Miszellen 253, pp. 151-159.
2016 ‘Amarna and Uluburun: Reconsidering Patterns of Exchange in the Late Bronze Age’, Palestine Exploration Quarterly 148 (4), pp. 230-244.