Seminar für Ägyptologie und Koptologie

Seminar für Ägyptologie und Koptologie

Prof. Dr. Wolfhart Westendorf (1924-2018)

On February 23, 2018, the long-term director of our Institute, Prof. Wolfhart Westendorf, has passed away at the age of 93. A student of Hermann Grapow in Berlin, he became, after his PhD (1951) und "Habilitation" (1961), first lecturer, then associate professor in Munich. In 1967 he was appointed to the chair of Egyptology in Göttingen. Here he directed the institute until his retirement in 1989, shaping the field of Egyptology in a period of fundamental change.

Wolfhart Westendorf's countless publications, which focus on the Egyptian-Coptic language, Egyptian literature and religion, have opened new perspectives to the entire field. As an academic teacher, he has inspired and supported several generations of younger scholars with his enthusiasm, immense knowledge and openness for new research approaches.

Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.


... to the webpages of the Seminar for Egyptology and Coptic Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Since 1867 Göttingen has had a tradition of studying and researching the history, culture, and religion of Pharaonic and Christian Egypt and the Egyptian-Coptic language. Today's students can obtain a B.A. in "Egyptology and Coptic Studies" or a B.A. in "Ancient Cultures". An M.A. or PhD degree can be pursued in both Egyptology and Coptic Studies. We welcome guests and students from other areas to our courses.

You are invited to visit or contact us: our institute is located on the 2nd floor of the Centre for Cultural Studies, Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14. You will find a list of telephone and fax numbers on our "staff" page.

Göttinger Miszellen 251 (2017) available!

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PONS - Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften - A "bridge" for the student exchange between the german departments of Egyptology and Coptic Studies

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Since 2016 students of Egyptology and Coptic Studies have the opportunity to study at one of our german partner universities for one or two semesters via the PONS-program, which is comparable to a national Erasmus. It is the successor to "PONS-Archaeology", which was geared solely towards students of Classical Archaeology.