Several people have asked me about the reliability and credibility of the material presented on this site, and some information about myself, so, here goes...
I am an Egyptologist and I am Belgian (not French). I have been fascinated with the marvellous culture of the Ancient Egyptians ever since I was 8 or 9 years old. For my 15th birthday, my dad bought me Gardiner's Egyptian Grammar, and I started learning how to read hieroglyphs.
I studied Egyptology with the late professor Jan Quaegebeur at the university of Leuven in Belgium between 1984 and 1988, obtaining my MA in Egyptology with a translation of the texts on the Propylon of the temple of Khonsu at Karnak, completed with a small study about the grammaire du temple of this monument. I also attended some classes with professor Jean-Marie Kruchten (hieratic) and professor Philippe Derchain (Ptolemaic texts), both at the university of Brussels in Belgium.
I have not been very active on an academic level (see publications below) as practical motivation drove me towards a full-time job in computer sciences.
Most of my efforts in Egyptology have been directed at a more general but nonetheless very enthusiastic audience. After obtaining my MA in 1988, I started teaching courses in hieroglyphics in my hometown for those who were interested. Surprised by their enthusiasm and number, I gave a more general course on the culture and history of Ancient Egypt, the following year, together with an advanced course in hieroglyphics.
In 1991, I, together with three colleagues, founded an NPO, for which I continued to give lectures and hieroglyphic courses. I left this NPO in 1993 for practical, organisational and political reasons. About the same time, I went on some sort of semi-sabbatical... well, combining Egyptology with a full-time job is not that easy.
I never gave up my love for Ancient Egypt, though, nor my desire to share what we know with all those who are interested, and this is what got this site started. The material presented here reflects an acceptable view on the history and culture of Ancient Egypt. With acceptable, I mean that not all Egyptologists will necessarily agree with everything I have written, but they will (hopefully) recognise the theories as scientifically founded.
Between 1997 and 2002, I was a member of Ex Oriente Lux, and early 1999, I helped them with setting up their website. If you live in Belgium or Holland, you may wish to take a look at this site... (go and take a look anyway).
I am also a participant to the EEF mailing list, an Internet mailing-list for exchanging ideas and thoughts on Ancient Egypt in a relaxed academic atmosphere.
Although not related to Egyptology, I am assisting in the creation and maintenance of my wife's Yoga website at www.pranayoga.be. It's in English and in Dutch, so you may want to have a look at it and see if you can spot the differences with The Ancient Egypt Site.
In case you have questions or remarks about The Ancient Egypt Site, please be so kind as to check the FAQ rather than mailing my wife! Should you have questions about Yoga, on the other hand, you may check my wife's website and contact her there. Wrongly addressed e-mails will be considered as spam.
O, yes, lest I forget... For those of you who are really curious, I've been told that I resemble the fellow in this picture a bit (must be the nose). That would probably be on one of my better days...
And if, for some obscure reason that escapes me, you would ever get so curious as to actually want to meet me, you can increase your chances if you go to Indian restaurants in Brussels (this is also a good tip if you want to avoid meeting me as well).
Since I am revealing something about myself here, you might as well know that you can follow some of the stuff I am doing on MySpace. Come and visit, if you wish.
Well, that's about it. There only remains the list of publications, to which I hope to add some more in the coming years...
Dedicated to the loving memories of
my father, Emil, (30/08/1938 - 18/11/2002)
who has always encouraged me to follow that dream
and Spike (29/12/1986 - 12/10/1998),
the most loyal friend I've ever had.
I miss you, guys...
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Last update: 21 July, 2009
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