Giovanni Battista Belzoni

The history of archaeology is full of interesting individuals offering contributions of varying merit to our fascinating discipline.
My research in this area has mostly involved those who have worked in Egypt, including:
Giovanni Belzoni (1778-1823), a vastly underestimated early 19th century explorer and proto-archaeologist;
David George Hogarth (1862-1927), British scholar, Museum Keeper and World War I spy-master;
and E.A.Wallis Budge (1857-1934), prolific author and master of antiquities acquisition.
I am also interested in how ancient Egypt has inspired the arts over the centuries.

Publications by Donald P. Ryan:

2010 "Remembrance: T.G.H. James." (with Nicholas Reeves) KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 21(1)62-64.

2007 "A shattered visage lies...": Nineteenth Century Poetry Inspired by Ancient Egypt. (Bolton: Rutherford Press.)

2007 "Ancient Egypt on Stage: A brief introduction to two splendid operas." KMT 18(3):75-85.

2007 "Cleopatra Had a Jazz Band: Egypt in Early 20th century sheet music." KMT: 18(1):72-80. :

2006 "Ibsen and Egypt. (with Claudia Berguson) KMT 17 (3):74-82.

2005 "The Pharaoh and the Poet." KMT:16(4):76-83.

2004 "The Great Temple revealed: Giovanni Battista Belzoni at Abu Simbel." KMT 15(2):68-82.

1996 "David George Hogarth: A somewhat reluctant Egyptologist." KMT 7(2):77-81.

1995 David George Hogarth at Asyut, Egypt: 1906-1907: the history of a "lost" excavation." Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 5(2):3-16.

1989 "Belzoni's rope from the tomb of Sethos I." Studien zur Altaegyptische Kultur, Beihefte 2:137-142.

1987 Book Review of: S. Curto and L. Donatelli (1985), "Bernardino Drovetti Epistolario." Varia Aegyptiaca 3(1):88-89.

1986 "Giovanni Battista Belzoni." Biblical Archaeologist (now called "Near Eastern Archaeology") 49(3):133-138.

E.A.W. Budge
A caricature by Powys Evans


  • Archives of the Griffith Institute, Oxford

  • The Century of Papyrology (1892-1992) (by Peter Van Minnen)

  • Flinders Petrie in Egypt

  • History of the Egypt Exploration Society

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