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Dr. Alexandre Loktionov

Dr. Alexandre Loktionov

Teaching Associate in Egyptian Language

Bye Fellow in Egyptology, Selwyn College

My research focuses on diachronic changes in the Ancient Egyptian justice system from the Old Kingdom to the Middle Kingdom (c.2700-1700BCE). I study the evolution of specific legal concepts and institutions as evidenced by changes in the titles of officials and legal documents from different time periods. In addition to this, I seek to draw attention to the possibility of legal pluralism in ancient Egypt, highlighting the multi-faceted nature of justice on both formal and informal levels. I also have an interest in the possibility of certain judicial and punitive concepts entering Egypt from the Mesopotamian world in the later 2nd millennium BCE.

Dr. A. Loktionov
Selwyn College
Grange Road

Cambridge CB3 9DQ


Born in France and raised in the UK, I studied Archaeology & Anthropology at Selwyn College, Cambridge (2011-2014). I specialised in Ancient Near Eastern history with a focus on the Egyptian and Akkadian languages. After graduating with a starred first, I was elected Benefactors’ Research Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge, where I began my ongoing work on Ancient Egyptian courts, law enforcement and conceptions of justice. In 2015, I was elected Lord Lewis-AHRC Research Scholar at Robinson College, Cambridge. In 2017, I was an AHRC IPS Doctoral Research Fellow at the Library of Congress, where I focused on the wider place of Egyptian justice in African and Middle Eastern legal thought. I received my PhD in May 2019.

I have extensively taught Old, Middle and Late Egyptian in Cambridge and serve as a Postgraduate Mentor in the University Admissions Office. In academic year 2018-19, I am Teaching Associate in Egyptian Language at the Department of Archaeology, and a Bye Fellow in Egyptology at Selwyn College. In October 2019, I will become the new Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellow in Egyptology at Christ's College, Cambridge.

Research Interests

Ancient Egyptian courts, law enforcement, and conceptions of justice
Justice systems in the Ancient Near East

Research Supervision

My PhD was supervised by Dr. Hratch Papazian.


I am/have been involved in the teaching of the following course(s):



Paper ARC37/E2 (Undergraduate): ADVANCED MIDDLE EGYPTIAN

Paper ARC38 (Undergraduate): OLD & LATE EGYPTIAN


Other Professional Activities

AHRC IPS Doctoral Research Fellow, Library of Congress (Feb-Aug 2017)

Lord Lewis-AHRC Research Scholar, Robinson College

Honorary Vice-Chancellor's Award, St. John's College

Thomas Young Medal for Outstanding Distinction in Oriental Archaeology, University of Cambridge


  • Egypt
  • Textual Analyses
  • The Near East

Key Publications

Loktionov, A. "Tortured, Banished, Forgotten (and frequently Ripped Off)? Experience of Ancient Egyptian Criminal Judgment and its Consequences through the 2nd Millennium BCE." In Kilroe, L. (ed.) Proceedings of the Invisible Archaeologies Conference 2017. Oxford: Archaeopress, In press (publication due in summer 2019).

Loktionov, A. "Commentary: Desert shaped by people, or people shaped by desert? Reflections of an Egyptologist", Archaeological Review from Cambridge 34(1): Desert Archaeology, 2019: 20-27.

Loktionov, A. "May my nose and ears be cut off: Practical and "supra-practical" Aspects of Mutilation in the Egyptian New Kingdom", Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 60(3), 2017: 263-291.

Loktionov, A. "An 'Egyptianising' Underworld Judging an Assyrian Prince? New Perspectives on VAT 10057", Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History 3(1), 2017: 39-56.

Loktionov, A. "Thoughts towards a new hypothesis for understanding the legal text in OI 12073", Göttinger Miszellen 253(3), 2017: 89-96.

Loktionov, A. "Of pilgrims and poets, prisoners and politics: the story of Egyptology in Russia". In Langer, C. (ed.) Global Egyptology: Negotiation in the Production of Knowledges on Ancient Egypt in Global Contexts. London: Golden House Press, 2017: 129-145.

Loktionov, A. "Importing the law? Possible elements of the Mesopotamian legal tradition in New Kingdom Egypt", BAF Online: Proceedings of the Berner Altorientalisches Forum, 2016: 

Loktionov, A. "Convicting 'Great Criminals': A New Look at Punishment in the Turin Judicial Papyrus", Égypte Nilotique et Méditerranéenne 8, 2015: 103-111.

Loktionov, A. "Kušû: Crocodile after all?", Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2014(4), 2014: 164-167.

Other Publications

Popular articles:

Blick, A. & A. Loktionov, "Promoting democracy in an ancient state: the case of Egypt", History and Policy 30th Oct, 2017.

Loktionov, A. "Exploring African Law and Ancient Egypt", Library of Congress Insights Blog 10th Aug, 2017.

Turello, D., W. Hall, A. Loktionov & J. Lingel. "Emoji, texting and social media: how do they impact language?", Library of Congress Insights Blog 15th Jun, 2017.

Loktionov, A. "Ramesses II, victor of Kadesh: a kindred spirit of Trump?", The Guardian: Notes and Theories 5th Dec, 2016. 

Loktionov, A. "Divining Destiny in Rural Armenia", Research Horizons 25, 2014: 34-35.