Peter Kaplony

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Peter Árpád Kaplony
Born (1933-06-15)June 15, 1933
Budapest, Hungary
Died February 11, 2011(2011-02-11) (aged 77)
Zurich, Switzerland
Nationality Hungarian (1933-1958); Swiss (1958-2011)
Occupation Egyptologist
Known for Specialist of the pre-dynastic and early dynastic periods of Egypt

Peter Árpád Kaplony (June 15, 1933 in Budapest – February 11, 2011 in Zurich) was a Hungarian-born Swiss egyptologist.


Kaplony, son of a Hungarian military officer, emigrated to Switzerland as a child in December 1944. He became a Swiss citizen in 1958. He studied Ancient History, Egyptology, Arabic language and Arabic literature in the University of Zurich and University of Basel. In 1959, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Zurich and, in 1964, his Habilitation.

From 1970 until his retirement in 2000, Kaplony was assistant professor and then professor emeritus of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Zurich. His studies were especially focused on the pre-dynastic and early dynastic periods of Egypt and he published mostly in German and Swiss research journals.


  • The Egyptian inscriptions of the early days. 4 volumes, Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden from 1963 to 1964
  • The cylinder seals of the Old Kingdom. La Fondation Reine Élisabeth Égyptologique, Brussels 1981


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