Rita Lucarelli

Leiden University

Demons in ancient Egypt during the Late and Greco-Roman Periods


Rita Lucarelli was born on the 23rd of August, 1972, in Ostuni, Italy. From 1992 to 1996 she studied at the University of Naples "L'Orientale," where she took her degree in Classical Languages and Egyptology with a thesis entitled "Chapter 178 of the Book of the Dead." From 1999 to 2003 she was attached to the Research School CNWS of Leiden University (the Netherlands) with a Ph.D. grant. Her Ph.D. thesis was published in 2006 as The Book of the Dead of Gatseshen. Ancient Egyptian Funerary Religion in the 10th Century BC. Currently she has a post-doc position at the University of Bonn (Germany), supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung and concerning research on demons in magical and funerary papyri of the Pharaonic period. Her areas of expertise include religion, magic and demonology in ancient Egypt.