Material Text Cultures

Wall, Recital Scroll and Grave. Changing Materialisations of Religious Texts in Ancient Egypt


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Teilprojektleiter Prof. Dr. Joachim Friedrich Quack
akademische Mitarbeiterin Daniela Christina Luft





  • Depiction of the Egyptian religion in its socio-practical fields of reception
  • Devising  a paradigm change in the description of a complex pre-modern society
  • Systematic description of receptive practices, action spaces, materials and forms of presentation


Subject of the sub-project is analyses of:

  • Texts that appear much the same in different settings, in the temple context, as a recital scroll for private use, and as a funerary object
  • Particular attention will be paid to practice-oriented details on the texts (e.g. postscripts)
  • The aim is to determine which respective social groups were involved
  • A substantially improved understanding of the Osiris cult is to be expected
  • The central issue in all lines of investigation is to gain a better understanding of the forms of reception and mechanisms of text production in the social field of “religion”.


It is planned to:

  • Analyse the location of texts
  • Create a data base for texts that fluctuate between various uses
  • Study the connection between material and function in various text-bearers

Descriptions and reconstructions of ritual and liturgical practices; addressing questions to the texts:

  • What specific social practices are behind the use of ritual texts as direct performance and as funerary object?
  • In what way did material and spatial preconditions determine liturgical acts and receptive practices?

Which protagonists and institutions performed actions with what objects?


Subprojects of the 3rd Funding Period

A01 A02 A03 A05 A06 A08 A09 A10 A11 A12 B01 B04 B09 B10 B13 B14 B15 C05 C07 C08 C09 C10 INF Ö2 Z



Completed Subprojects

A01 A03 A04 B02 B03 B06 B07 B11 B12 C01 C02 C03 C04 C06 IGK Ö1



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