Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses and Full Professor and Graduate Studies Director

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Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1325

Work E-mail: jdijkstr@uOttawa.ca
Work E-mail: Dir.Etud.Sup.Etud.anc.Religions-Classics.Religion.Grad.Dir@uOttawa.ca

Jitse H.F. Dijkstra


Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Jitse Dijkstra's research centers round the question how religion became transformed in Late Antiquity. In order to answer this question, he focuses on the particular regional and local context of religious transformation rather than on the ideological and general story. Trained as a papyrologist but multidisciplinary in approach, his main interest is Late Antique Egypt. He is the author of a monograph on the religious transformation in the First Cataract region, southern Egypt, in particular at the island of Philae, and a study of the graffiti in the temple of Isis at Aswan, where he has conducted field work from 2001 onwards.

Courses taught

  • CLA2110 Archaeological Methods and Techniques
  • CLA2510 Méthodes et techniques archéologiques
  • CLA3000 Archaeological Field Work I
  • CLA/HIS3110A Topics in Ancient History: Religions in the Graeco-Roman World
  • CLA/HIS3110B Topics in Ancient History: Greek Temples
  • CLA/HIS3110C Topics in Ancient History: Religious Violence in the Roman World
  • CLA/SRS 3333 Religions of the Graeco-Roman World
  • CLA3900 Archaeological Field Work II
  • CLA/HIS4150B Ancient History Seminar: Egypt in Late Antiquity
  • CLA5902 (Master’s Program Late Antiquity): Research and Methodology II
  • CLA 5924: Topics in Late Antique History: Judaism in the Late Antique World
  • CLA 5925 (Master’s Program in Late Antiquity) Introduction to an Ancient Language: Coptic
  • LCL 2151: Greek I
  • LCL 2152: Greek II
  • LCL4150B Greek Authors: Lysias, A Defense against Murder
  • LCL4150B Greek Authors: Herodotus, Book I
  • LCL4150B Greek Authors: Euripides, Medea
  • LCL4150B Greek Authors: Euripides, Bacchae

Selected publications

Inside and Out: Interactions between Rome and the Peoples on the Arabian and Egyptian Frontiers in Late Antiquity [Late Antique History and Religion 8] (Leuven: Peeters, 2014), xviii + 481 pp. (ed. with G. Fisher)

Syene I: The Figural and Textual Graffiti from the Temple of Isis at Aswan [Beiträge zur ägyptischen Bauforschung und Altertumskunde 18] (Darmstadt/Mainz: Von Zabern, 2012), 239 pp. (with a contribution on the Egyptian texts by E. Cruz-Uribe).

Myths, Martyrs, and Modernity: Studies in the History of Religions in Honour of Jan N. Bremmer [Numen Book Series 127] (Leiden: Brill, 2010), lvi, 701 pp. (ed. with J.E.A. Kroesen and Y.B. Kuiper).

Philae and the End of Ancient Egyptian Religion. A Regional Study of Religious Transformation (298-642 CE) [Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 173] (Leuven: Peeters, 2008), xviii, 466 pp.

The Encroaching Desert: Egyptian Hagiography and the Medieval West (Leiden: Brill, 2006), viii, 288 pp. (ed. with M. van Dijk).

Three Christian Funerary Stelae from Aswan, in A. Jiménez-Serrano and C. von Pilgrim (eds), From the Delta to the Cataract. Studies Dedicated to Mohamed el-Bialy (Leiden, 2015) 21-32.

‘I Wish to Offer a Sacrifice to God Today’: The Discourse of Idol Destruction in the Coptic Life of Aaron, Journal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies 8 (2015) 61-75.

The Interplay between Image and Text on Greek Amulets Containing Christian Elements from Late Antique Egypt, in D. Boschung, J.N. Bremmer (eds), The Materiality of Magic (Paderborn, 2015) 271-92.

Christian Inscriptions from Egypt and Nubia 1 (2013), Bulletin of the American Society for Papyrologists 51 (2014) 199-215 (with A. Delattre and J. van der Vliet).

‘I, Silko, Came to Talmis and Taphis’. Interactions between the Peoples beyond the Egyptian Frontier and Rome in Late Antiquity, in J.H.F. Dijkstra, G. Fisher (eds), Inside and Out: Interactions between Rome and the Peoples on the Arabian and Egyptian Frontiers in Late Antiquity (Leuven, 2014) 299-330.

Nubia, in W. Tabbernee (ed.), Early Christianity in Contexts. An Exploration across Cultures and Continents (Grand Rapids, 2014) 214-22.

Monasticism on the Southern Egyptian Frontier in Late Antiquity: Towards a New Critical Edition of the Coptic Life of AaronJournal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies 5 (2013) 31-47. 

Qasr Ibrim and the Religious Transformation of Lower Nubia in Late Antiquity, in J. van der Vliet, J.L. Hagen (eds), Qasr Ibrim, between Egypt and Africa: A Case Study in Cultural Exchange (NINO Symposium, Leiden, 11-12 December 2009) (Leiden, 2013) 111-22. 

The ‘Alexandrian World Chronicle’, its Consularia and the Date of the Destruction of the Serapeum (with an Appendix on the Praefecti Augustales), Millennium 10 (2013) 39-113 (with R.W. Burgess). 

The Berlin ‘Chronicle’ (P.Berol. inv. 13296): A New Edition of the Earliest Extant Late Antique ConsulariaArchiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 58 (2012) 273-301 (with R.W. Burgess). 

Blemmyes, in R.S. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C.B. Champion, A. Erskine, S.R. Huebner (eds), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, vol. 3 (Oxford, 2012) 1145-6. 

Blemmyes, Noubades and the Eastern Desert in Late Antiquity: Reassessing the Written Sources, in H. Barnard, K. Duistermaat (eds), The History of the Peoples of the Eastern Desert (Los Angeles, 2012) 238-47. 

Une stèle funéraire copte au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Chronique d’Égypte 87 (2012) 189-96 (with J. van der Vliet).

Greek Amulets and Formularies from Egypt Containing Christian Elements: A Checklist of Papyri, Parchments, Ostraka, and Tablets, Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 48 (2011) 163-216 (with T. de Bruyn).

The Fate of the Temples in Late Antique Egypt, in L. Lavan, M. Mulryan (eds), The Archaeology of Late Antique ‘Paganism’ (Leiden, 2011) 389-436.

A Church Dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the Temple of Isis at Aswan?, Eastern Christian Art 7 (2010) 1-16 (with G.J.M. van Loon).

Patriarchs and Politics in Constantinople in the Reign of Anastasius (with a Reedition of O.Mon.Epiph. 59), Millennium 6 (2009) 223-64 (with G. Greatrex).

Structuring Graffiti: The Case of the Temple of Isis at Aswan, in R. Preys (ed.), 7. Ägyptologische Tempeltagung: Structuring Religion. Leuven, 28. September – 1. Oktober 2005 (Wiesbaden, 2009) 77-94.

Mysteries of the Nile? Joseph Scaliger and Ancient Egypt, Aries. Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism 9 (2009) 59-82.

A Bilingual Report of Proceedings with the First Consular Date to 433 C.E. in the Papyri, in F.A.J. Hoogendijk, B.P. Muhs (eds), Sixty-Five Papyrological Texts Presented to Klaas A. Worp on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday (Leiden, 2008) 203-12 (no. 27).

New Light on the Patermouthis Archive from Excavations at Aswan. When Archaeology and Papyrology Meet, Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 44 (2007) 179-209.

"Une foule immense de moines". The Coptic Life of Aaron and the Early Bishops of Philae, in B. Palme (ed.), Akten des 23. Internationalen Papyrologenkongresses. Wien, 22.-28. Juli 2001 (Vienna, 2007) 191-7.

The Town of Syene. Report on the 3rd and 4th Season in Aswan, Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Kairo 62 (2006) 215-77 (with C. von Pilgrim, K.-C. Bruhn, J. Wininger).

The Administrative Position of Omboi and Syene in Late Antiquity, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 155 (2006) 183-7 (with K.A. Worp).

A Cult of Isis at Philae after Justinian? Reconsidering P.Cair.Masp. I 67004, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 146 (2004) 137-54.

“In Year One of King Zachari”. Evidence of a New Nubian King from the Monastery of St. Simeon at Aswan, Beiträge zur Sudanforschung 8 (2003) 31-9 (with J. van der Vliet).

Late Antique Inscriptions from the First Cataract Area Discovered and Rediscovered, Journal of Juristic Papyrology 33 (2003) 55-66.

Horus on His Throne. The Holy Falcon of Philae in His Demonic Cage, Göttinger Miszellen 189 (2002) 7-10.

Awards and achievements

Young researcher of the year award 2010

Professor Jitse Dijkstra has been awarded the prestigious Brill Research Fellowship

Fields of Interest

  • Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt
  • Ancient religions
  • Coptic
  • Papyrology and epigraphy
  • Archaeology
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