Silvia Zago is Lecturer in Egyptology in the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology of the University of Liverpool. She obtained her PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (Egyptology) in 2019 from the University of Toronto, where she also taught ancient Egyptian history and Middle Egyptian for several years. She moreover holds an MA in Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East (Egyptology) from the University of Pisa and a BA in Conservation of Cultural Heritage (Near Eastern Archaeology) from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She is the author of several peer-reviewed publications and has participated in numerous international conferences. She was appointed a Member of the Royal Historical Society (London) in 2021.
Silvia specialises in ancient Egyptian religion and afterlife texts, and in particular the evolution of the concepts of the otherworld over time, on which she just published her monograph A Journey through the Beyond: The Development of the Concept of Duat and Related Cosmological Notions in Egyptian Funerary Literature (Columbus, ga: Lockwood Press, 2022). Her research also encompasses magic and ritual practices, the conceptualisation and use of Egyptian sacred landscapes, and cross-cultural interconnections and transmission of knowledge in Graeco-Roman Egypt.