Roth, Ann Macy




Egyptian Phyles in the Old Kingdom: The Evolution of a System of Social Organization.
SAOC 48.  Chicago:  The Oriental Institute, 1991 (Download at:


Hieroglyphs without Mystery. 
Translation and adaptation of Hieroglyphen ohne Geheimnis, by K.-Th. Zauzich.  Austin:  University of Texas Press, 1992; Published concurrently by Thames & Hudson under the title Discovering Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Practical Guide


A Cemetery of Palace Attendants: G 2084 - G 2099, G 2230+1 and G 2240
.  Giza Mastabas 6.  Boston:  Museum of Fine Arts, 1995 (Download at:

Selected articles

“Ahhotep I and Ahhotep II,” Serapis 4 (1977-1978), 31-40

Some New Texts of Herihor and Ramesses IV in the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 42 (1983), 43-53

The Bersha Procession: A New Reconstruction,” Journal of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1 (1988), 31-40 (with Catharine H. Roehrig)

The Distribution of the Old Kingdom Title Ḫntj-š,” in: Akten des vierten internationalen Ägyptologen Kongress, München, 1985, Beihefte zu Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 4 (Hamburg, 1991), 177-86

The Psš-kf and the Opening of the Mouth Ceremony: A Ritual of Birth and Rebirth,” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 78 (1992), 113-47

 “Social Change in the Fourth Dynasty:  The Spatial Organization of Pyramids, Private Tombs, and Cemeteries,” J. of the American Research Center in Egypt 30 (1993), 33-55

Fingers, Stars, and the Opening of the Mouth: The Nature and Function of the Ntrwj Blades,” Journal of  Egyptian Archaeology 79 (1993), 57-79

“The Practical Economics of Tomb Building in the Old Kingdom: A Visit to the Necropolis in a Carrying Chair,” in: For His Ka: Essays Offered in Memory of Klaus Baer, D. Silverman, ed., SAOC 55 (Chicago, 1994), 227-40
Buried Pyramids and Layered Thoughts: The Organization of Multiple Approaches in Egyptian Religion,” Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Egyptologists, Cambridge,England, 1995, Christopher Eyre, ed., Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 82 (Peeters: Leuven, 1998), 991-1003

“Building Bridges to Afrocentrism:  A Letter to my Egyptological Colleagues,” Newsletter of the American Research Center in Egypt 167 and 168 (September and December 1995); posted on the web as and elsewhere; and republished in:  The Flight from Science and Reason, P. R. Gross et al., eds., Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 775 (New York, 1996), 313-326

The Absent Spouse:  Patterns and Taboos in Egyptian Tomb Decoration,” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 36 (1999) 37-53

Father Earth, Mother Sky: Ancient Egyptian Beliefs about Conception and Fertility,” in:  Reading the Body:  Representations and Remains in the Archaeological Record, Alison Rautmann, ed. (Philadelphia, 2000), 187-201

“The Ahhotep Coffins: The Evolution of an Egyptological Reconstruction,” in: Gold of Praise:  Studies in Honor of E. F. Wente, E. Teeter and J. Larson, eds., Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilizations 58 (Chicago, 2000), Chapter 34, pp. 361-377

Magical Bricks and the Bricks of Birth,” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 88 (2002), 121-139. (with Catharine H. Roehrig)

“The Usurpation of Hem-Re،: An Old Kingdom ‘Sex-Change Operation,’” in:  Egyptian Museum Collections around the World:  Studies for the Centennial of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Mamdouh el-Damaty and May Trad, eds. (Cairo, 2002), II, 1011-1023

The Meaning of Menial Labor: ‘Servant Statues’ in Old Kingdom Serdabs,” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 39 (2002), 103-121

“Models of Authority: Hatshepsut’s Predecessors in Power,” in Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh, Catharine H. Roehrig, ed. (New York:  Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005): 7-14
“Hatshepsut’s Mortuary Temple at Deir al-Bahri:  Architecture as Political Statement,” in Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh, Catharine H. Roehrig, ed.  (New York:  Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005):  147-151
The Representation of the Divine in Ancient Egypt,” in: Text, Artifact, and Image: Revealing Ancient Israelite Religion, Gary Beckman and Theodore J. Lewis, ed.  Brown Judaic Studies series (Providence:  Brown University Press, 2006):  24-37.

Multiple Meanings in Carrying Chair Scenes,” in:  Dekorierte Grabanlagen im Alten Reich:  Methodik und Interpretation.  Martin Fitaenreiter and Michael Herb, eds.  Internet-Beiträge zur Ägyptologie und Sudanarchäologie (IBAES) 6.  (London:  Golden House Publications, 2006):  243-253.  Co-published on the Internet at
Little Women:  Gender and Hierarchic Proportion in Old Kingdom Mastaba Chapels,” in:  The Old Kingdom Art and Archaeology:  Proceedings of the Conference.  Miroslav Bárta, ed.  (Prague:  Czech Institute of Archaeology, 2006):  281-296.

“Twisted Kilts: Variations in Aspective Representation in Old Kingdom Mastaba Chapels,” in: Old Kingdom: New Perspectives. Egyptian Art and Archaeology 2750-2150 B.C. Proceedings of the Fourth Conference in Old Kingdom Art and Archaeology, May 2009 (Cambridge: Oxbow Books, 2011): 234-243.

“Objects, Animals, Humans, and Hybrids:  The Evolution of Early Egyptian Representations of the Divine,” in: The Dawn of Egyptian Art, Diana Craig Patch, ed. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012), 194-201

“The Representation of ‘the Other’ in Ancient Egypt: Foreigners in Pharaonic Iconography” A Companion to Egyptian Art, Melinda Hartwig, ed. (Oxford: Blackwell), to appear Spring 2014

“Upper Egyptian Heliopolis:  Thebes, Archaism, and the Political Ideology of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III,” in: The Art and Culture of Ancient Egypt:  Studies in Honor of Dorothea Arnold (= Bulletin of the Egyptological Seminar 19 (2010)), to appear 2014

Updated on 02/07/2017