Prof. Arlette David

Arlette David
Head of Egyptology
Room 514. Office Hours: Wednesday 9:00-10:00

Trained as a lawyer (LLM from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) and as an Egyptologist (Hebrew University), I have published various interdisciplinary researches concerning the ancient Egyptian legal system, its conceptual frame, textual productions, linguistic registers, and legal categorization embedded in the hieroglyphic and hieratic scripts. The study of these scripts and the metaphorical processes they reveal have brought me to investigate the interplay of picture and script in various contexts and to propose new analyses of Egyptian works of art, backed up by Egyptian textual sources. I am now using the same structuralist approach I used in the analysis of ancient Egyptian texts to decrypt pictures of kingship at the times of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. I recently published in the Harvard Egyptological Studies Renewing Royal Imagery - Akhenaten and Family in the Amarna Tombs (

Specializations: Semiotics of hieroglyphic script and Egyptian art; Middle and Neo-Egyptian languages; ancient Egyptian legal languages and legal system; Egyptian(izing) finds in Israel; iconography of kingship in Amarna.


Interdisciplinary research group "The power of Images – Cultural Continuity in Changing Worlds", Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies


ISF Grant 409/18: Cultural Transmission in the Second Millennium BCE: The Contribution of Foreign Artistic Motifs to Pharaoh Akhenaten's Visual Strategy


Graduate Students:

Hadas Misgav

Toam Meir-Weil

Alexander Vassiliev

Tamara Mkheidze

Naomi Gruntman

 Katya Bariudin

 Matan Stein

 Batyah Schachter