James Peter Allen

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James Peter Allen
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Alma materUniversity of Chicago
OccupationEgyptologist and Professor at Brown University

James Peter Allen (born 1945) is an American Egyptologist, specializing in language and religion. He was curator of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1990 to 2006. In 2007, he became the Wilbour professor of Egyptology at Brown University. In 2008, he was elected president of the International Association of Egyptologists.

Major publications[edit]

  • The Inflection of the Verb in the Pyramid Texts (Malibu: Undena, 1984)
  • Genesis in Egypt: The Philosophy of Ancient Egyptian Creation Accounts (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988)
  • Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs (Cambridge: University Press, 2000)
  • The Heqanakht papyri. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002)
  • The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006)
  • The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts (Society of Biblical Literature, 2005)
  • The Egyptian Coffin Texts, Vol. 8. Middle Kingdom Copies of Pyramid Texts (Chicago: University Press, 2006)
  • "The Amarna Succession" in Causing His Name to Live: Studies in Egyptian Epigraphy and History in Memory of William J. Murnane, University of Memphis, 2007
  • Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs 2nd ed. (Cambridge: University Press, 2010)
  • The Debate between a Man and His Soul, a Masterpiece of Ancient Egyptian Literature (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 44; Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011)
  • The Ancient Egyptian Language: An Historical Study (Cambridge University Press, 2013)


  • "James P. Allen". Brown University. Retrieved 2009-02-26.