Fredrik Hagen


Fredrik Hagen graduated with a BA in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool (BA 2001), and obtained an MPhil at the University of Cambridge in 2002. He then wrote a PhD thesis (2007) at the same university which was later published as An Ancient Egyptian Literary Text in Context: The Instruction of Ptahhotep (Peeters, 2012). His research focus is on social and administrative history during the Middle and New Kingdoms, with a special interest in hieratic documents.

Fredrik Hagen worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Christ’s College, Cambridge (as a Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellow, 2005-2009), and as a University Lecturer at Uppsala University (6 months, 2008-2009). He was subsequently employed at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen, first as Associate Professor (2009-2017), and then as Professor (2017-). In addition to his work on the hieratic material from the temple of Thutmose III he is currently directing a project in Copenhagen on tomb construction in the New Kingdom.

His monographs include New Kingdom Ostraca from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Brill, 2011); An Ancient Egyptian Literary Text in Context: The Instruction of Ptahhotep (Peeters, 2012), and (with Kim Ryholt) The Antiquities Trade in Egypt, 1880-1930: The H. O. Lange Papers (Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, 2016). Recent and forthcoming articles include “Constructing Textual Identity: Framing and Self-Reference in Egyptian Texts”, in R. Enmarch and V. Lepper (eds.), Ancient Egyptian Literature: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2013), 185-209; “An Eighteenth Dynasty Writing Board (Ashmolean 1948.91) and The Hymn to the Nile”, Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 49 (2013), 73-91; “Libraries in Ancient Egypt, 1500-1000 BC”, in K. Ryholt and G. Barjamovic (eds.), Libraries before Alexandria: Ancient Near Eastern Traditions (Oxford University Press, in press); and “Archives in Ancient Egypt, 2500-1000 BCE”, in A. Bausi, C. Brockmann, M. Friedrich, and S. Kienitz (eds.), Manuscripts and Archives: Comparative Views on Record-Keeping (De Gruyter, in press).