College of Communication and Fine Arts Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Mariam F. Ayad, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art

Ph.D., Brown University,
Department of Egyptology, 2003

On Leave 2013-2014

Department of Art
University of Memphis
200 Art and Communication Bldg.
Memphis, TN 38152-3140


(901) 678-3895

Dr. Ayad is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art at the University of Memphis. She teaches Middle and Late Egyptian grammar and hieratic and offers courses in Coptic and ancient Egyptian literature as well as teaching World Art courses.

She also directs the Opening of the Mouth Epigraphic Project at the Tomb of Harwa, in Luxor, Egypt.

Dr. Ayad is a Peer Reviewer for the American Journal of Archaeology and the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt.


Social history and religion in the Third Intermediate and Late Period; transmission and layout of Egyptian funerary texts (including Opening of the Mouth, Pyramid and Coffin Texts, Solar Hymns, Books of the Hours of Night and Day); the status and iconography of women in ancient Egypt; the role of women in temple ritual; the significance of the titles Gods Wife of Amun and God's Hand; Egyptian grammar and language (Old Egyptian through Coptic); survivals of ancient Egyptian idioms in modern colloquial Egyptian Arabic; epigraphy



Select Articles & Edited Volumes:

  • "Coptic Culture: Past, Present and Future. Proceedings of the International Symposium held at the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre, Stevenage, United Kingdom, May 15 - 17, 2008." M. Ayad, ed., in press.
  • "The Translation from Libyan to Nubian Rule: The Role of the God's Wife of Amun." In The Libyan Period in Egypt: Historical and Chronological Problems of the Third Intermediate Period, Gerard P.F. Broekman, R.J. Demarée and Olaf E. Kaper, eds., Leiden, 2008:29-49.
  • "Some Remarks on the Pyramid Texts Inscribed in the Chapel of Amenirdis I at Medinet Habu." In Studies in Honor of Leonard H. Lesko upon His Retirement from the Wilbour Chair of Egyptology at Brown University, June 2005, Stephen E. Thompson and Peter der Manuelian, eds., Providence, 2008:1-13.
  • "The Pyramid Texts of Amenirdis I: Selection and Layout," Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 43, 2007: 71-92 (published 2009).
  • "On the Identity and Role of the God’s Wife of Amun in Rites of Royal and Divine Dominion," Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities 34, 2007:1–13.
  • "The Selection and Layout of the Opening of the Mouth Scenes in the Chapel of Amenirdis I at Medinet Habu," Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, 41, 2004:113-134 (Published 2007).
  • “Towards a Better Understanding of the ‘Opening of the Mouth Ritual’.” In Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress of Egyptologists, J-C Goyon and C. Cardin, eds., Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 150. Leuven, 2007:109–116.
  • "La sposa divina, la divina Adoratrice e il Clero di Amon durante la XXV dinastia." In L’enigma di Harwa alla Scoperta di un capolavoro del Rinascimento Egizio, S. Einaudi and F. Tiradritti, eds., Turin, 2004:107-127.
  • "Towards an Edition of the Chapel of Amenirdis I at Medinet Habu." In Nubian Studies 1998: Proceedings of the Ninth Conference of the International Society of Nubian Studies. August 21-26, 1998, Boston, Massachusetts, T. Kendall, ed., Boston, 2004:214-222.
  • "Some Thoughts on the Disappearance of the Office of God’s Wife of Amun." In Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, 28, 2001:1-14.
  • "Nemty Nakht’s Warning to the Peasant," Göttingen Mittzellen, 152,1996:9-10.
  • In Encyclopedia of Ancient History, Roger Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige Champion, Andrew Erskine, and Sabine Huebner, eds., in press.
    "Egypt, the Kushite Period"
    "God's Wife of Amun"
  • In Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient World, P. Bogucki, ed., New York, 2007.
    "Slaves and Slavery in Ancient Egypt"
    "Festivals in Ancient Egypt"
    "Government Organization in Ancient Egypt
    "Collapse and Abandonment in Ancient Egypt
    "War and Conquest in Ancient Egypt
  • In World and its Peoples Encyclopedia, C. Carpenter, ed., New York, 2006.
    "The Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period in Egypt," 1032-1037
    "The Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period in Egypt," 1-38-1040
    "The New Kingdom and Late Period," 1041-1049
    "Ptolemaic Egypt," 1050-1051
    "Roman Egypt," 1052-1053
  • "TT 37," Dig Magazine, November/December 2004:10-12.
  • "A Love of Building," Calliope, 14:2, Oct. 2003:24-26.
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