Barbara A. Richter

Lecturer in Egyptology in Berkeley, CA

Barbara Richter obtained her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies (Egyptology) from the University of California at Berkeley in May, 2012. Her new book, The Theology of Hathor of Dendera: Aural and Visual Scribal Techniques in the Per-wer Sanctuary (Wilbour Studies 4, Brown University), reflects her interests in stylistic devices and their use in Egyptian texts, as well as the interplay between texts, reliefs, and architecture in Egyptian monuments. In addition to the PhD., Barbara holds a Master of Arts in Near Eastern Studies (Egyptology) from U.C. Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts (in Music and German) from Stanford University.

Barbara is presently a Lecturer in Egyptology in the Near Eastern Studies Department of U.C. Berkeley. She also serves as a consultant with the Script Encoding Initiative in the Department of Linguistics, which is encoding Ptolemaic Egyptian hieroglyphs into Unicode.

Some of her articles include "The Amduat and its Relationship to the Architecture of Early 18th Dynasty Royal Burial Chambers," Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 44 (2008): 73-104, and "On the Heels of the Wandering Goddess: the Myth and the Festival at the Temples of the Wadi el-Hallel and Dendera," in Dolinska and Beinlich's Proceedings of the 8. Ägyptologische Tempeltagung: Interrelations between Temples, KSG 3,3, Wiesbaden, 2010, 155-186. She is presently preparing the publication of a rare Ptolemaic child's coffin and mummy, now in the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

At U.C. Berkeley, she has taught Middle Egyptian hieroglyphs, Hieratic, Demotic, and Ancient Egyptian religion. During the 2016-2017 school year, she will be teaching Intermediate Egyptian, the second-year class in the ancient language.

  • Work
    • U.C. Berkeley
  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2012
    • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2006
    • A.B., Stanford University, 1982