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ANCIENT SECRETS: THE SPHINX

Hawass is the Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and is a leading authority on Old Kingdom Egypt.  He has directed many excavations on the Giza Plateau and published numerous books on ancient Egypt including The Secrets of the Sphinx: Restoration Past and Present.

Mark Lehner is the Director of Ancient Egypt Research Associates and a visiting professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the Oriental Institute and the Harvard Semitic Museum.  He has excavated and surveyed on the Giza Plateau for more than 30 years and is the author of Archaeology of an Image: The Great Sphinx of Giza and The Complete Pyramids: Solving Ancient Mysteries.

Kasia Szpakowska is an Egyptologist at Swansea University in Wales and specializes in ancient Egyptian religious practices and beliefs.  Among her key publications on the subject of dreams are Behind Closed Eyes: Dreams and Nightmares in Ancient Egypt and Through a Glass Darkly: Magic, Dreams, and Prophecy in Ancient Egypt (ed.).

Rainer Stadelmann is a professor emeritus at the University of Heidelberg and former director of the German Archaeological Institute of Cairo.  He has excavated throughout Egypt for decades and published extensively on the Old Kingdom period, including The Egyptian Pyramids, from Brick to the Wonders of the World and The Great Pyramids at Giza.

Günter Dreyer is the director of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo and has excavated at Abydos for more than thirty years.  He has published numerous books and articles in German on his work at Abydos and on Egypt in general during pre-dynastic and Old Kingdom times.

Richard Redding
is Curator of the Zooarchaeology Laboratory at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology and Chief Research Office of Ancient Egypt Research Associates.  He has excavated at sites throughout Egypt for more than 25 years.

ANCIENT SECRETS: WITCH HUNTER’S BIBLE

Hans Broedel
Dr. Hans Peter Broedel is a visiting assistant professor at the University of North Dakota in Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation History. He was the recipient of the Arthur Denny Prize (1990) and received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington (1998). He is also the author of the book The Malleus Maleficarum and the construction of witchcraft: Theology and popular belief (2003).

Johannes Dillinger
Dr. Johannes Dillinger studied at the University of Tübingen and the University of East Anglia and later joined the doctoral research seminar, Western Europe in Comparative Perspective, at the University of Trier (1995). He finished his Ph.D. thesis, which was a comparative study of 1300 witch trials in two German principalities (1998); the book later won the Friedrich Spee Award. In 2000 and 2001, he worked as a visiting scholar at the German Historical Institute Washington and Georgetown University, and received the Emmy Noether Grant of the German Research Association. Most recently Dillinger worked with doctoral students on a major comparative study of the political representation of the peasantry in colonial New England and early modern Europe

Richard Kieckhefer
Richard Kieckhefer is a professor on the history of Christianity such as an introductory class on the New Testament and advanced classes such as Foundations of Christian Thought and Christian Mystical Theology. His work generally focuses on the late Middle Ages (14th-15th centuries) but also extends beyond this period. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy. He has published six single-authored books in addition to three major books in the history of witchcraft and magic: European Witch Trials: Their Foundations in Popular and Learned Culture, 1300-1500 (1976), Magic in the Middle Ages (1989), and Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer’s Manual of the Fifteenth Century (1997).

Christopher S. Mackay
Dr. Christopher S. Mackay is Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. Mackay received his Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University (1994). He is the author of, among many books and articles, Ancient Rome: A Military and Political History (2005) as well as The Hammer of Witches: A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum (2006, 2009).

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