The Hellenic Institute of Egyptology

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The Hellenic Institute of Egyptology is a modern Research Organization of high standards, functioning as a Civil Non–Profit Company, supported by a plethora of eminent personalities in the domains of Egyptology, Archaeology, Science and Letters, with Collaborators and Founding Members from Hellas, Egypt, France, and many other countries. The scope of our Institute is the fund–raising in order to:

  1. Perform Research Projects in the disciplines of Egyptology, Archaeology, Archaeoastronomy, Archaeoanthropology, as well as the interdisciplinary and comparative study of the ancient high civilizations in the Mediterranean Basin.
  2. Perform Educational Projects for the dissemination of Egyptology to University students, School and High–School pupils and the general public.


This entails the Digitization and Compete Study of All Extant Ancient Egyptian Astronomical Texts, terms, tools and the like. A special Database is being built and a full Bibliography is compiled. We endeavour to present the most complete and up–to–date study on this matter, integrating and extending substantially the classical work by Neugebauer and Parker (EAT = Egyptian Astronomical Texts). An International Team is working voluntarily for this purpose under the direction of Dr Alicia Maravelia.

The Athens Mummy Project (3D Imaging Examination of Mummies from the Egyptian Collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens)

Three–Dimensional and Non–Invasive Imaging Examination of Mummies from the Egyptian Collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, performed in close collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the Athens Medical Centre. This is related to the complete and precise Study of 10 Anthropoid Sarcophagi and their Mummies, dating from the Ptolemaic Period (originating from Panopolis and related to the Panopolitan Priesthood) and kept at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

Project KYPHI

We perform, jointly with Hungarian (Dr Hedvig Győry) and Hellenic colleagues (Dr Elsa Faviou, Mr Markos Filianos) a modern study of the ancient Egyptian kyphi, in comparison with the Orthodox Holy Chrism, concerning its in vitro reenactment and the rigorous study of its effects on the cultivations of fungi, cocci and microbes. We also plan to establish a Botanical Database related to ancient Egyptian and Coptic plants.


One of our greatest research interests lies always in the study of the astronomical terms and elements met in the ancient Egyptian funerary texts (PT, CT, BD, ’Im-Dw3t, & c.).

Egyptian Collections

Dr Alicia Maravelia has embarked on studying and cataloguing some ancient Egyptian objects in Hellenic Museums. The writing of the Catalogue and the complete study of the ancient Egyptian faience objects of the Benaki Museum is the major part of this category.

Egyptological Seminar

In 2012 the Institute has established an annual Egyptological Seminar, where the basics of Egyptology and ancient Egyptian Grammar (Middle Egyptian and Ancient Egyptian), Epigraphy, History, Religion, Sciences and Art are taught to students. The Seminar follows the highest standards, like the KHEOPS Institute in France. Two juniors’ cycles are offered every year, in parallel with advanced cycles.