Deborah Sweeney


Lecturer in Egyptology

   BA - Oxford University, 1981
   Ph.D. - Hebrew University, 1990
   Ph.D. Dissertation:
     Interquotation between Non-literary Letters of the Ramesside Period.

Fields of Research
   Letters from Ancient Egypt: Syntax and
   Pragmatics of Ramesside Non-literary Texts
   Women in Ancient Egypt
   Interconnections Between Egypt and
   Neighbouring Countries

Current Projects
   Women and Language in the Ramesside Period

Selected Publications

  • Sweeney, D. 2001. Correspondence and Dialogue: Pragmatic Features in Late Ramesside Letter-writing (Ägypten und Altes Testament 49). Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden. 327 pp.

  • O. Goldwasser and D. Sweeney (eds.). 2001. Structuring Egyptian Syntax: A Tribute to Sarah Israelit-Groll. Lingua Aegyptia 9 . 329 pp.


  • "What's a Rhetorical Question?" Lingua Aegyptia 1 (1991), 315-332.

  • "Women's Correspondence from Deir el-Medineh." Acts of the Sixth International Conference of Egyptology II. (1993),Turin, 523-529.

  • "Idiolects in the Late Ramesside Letters." Lingua Aegyptia 4 (1994), 275-317.

  • "Henuttawy's Guilty Conscience", Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 80 (1994), 208-212.

  • " Women & Language in the Ramesside Period or, Why Women Don't Say Please." Acts of the Seventh Congress of Egyptologists, Cambridge 3-9 September 1995. (1995) Cambridge.

  • "Offence and Reconciliation in Ancient Egypt - A Study in Late Ramesside Letter no. 46", Göttinger Miszellen 158 (1997), 63-79.

  • "The Man on the Folding Chair. An Egyptian Relief from Beit Shean", Israel Exploration Journal 48 (1998), 38-53.

  • "Friendship and Frustration - A Study in Papyri Deir el-Medîna IV to VI", Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 84 (1998), 101-122

  • "Women and Language in the Ramesside Period or, Why Women Don't Say Please", in: C. J. Eyre (ed.) Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Egyptologists, Cambridge, 3-9 September 1995, Leiden (1998), 1109-1117.

  • "Letters of Reconciliation from Ancient Egypt", in: I. Shirun -Grumach(ed.), Jerusalem Studies in Egyptology, (Ägypten und Altes Testament, (40), Wiesbaden (1998), 353-369

  • (with Asaf Yasur-Landau) "Following the Path of the Sea Persons: The Women in the Medinet Habu Reliefs." Tel Aviv 26/1 (1999). 116-145.

  • "A Puzzle in Late Ramesside Correspondence." In: O. Goldwasser and D. Sweeney (eds.), Structuring Egyptian Syntax: A Tribute to Sarah Israelit-Groll, Lingua Aegyptia 9 (2001) 261-283.

Ph.D. Students
Mr. Nir Lalkin (with Prof. Benjamin Sass).
Topic: The Late Bronze Age Scarabs in Eretz Israel