Henri “Hans” Frankfort (24 February 1897 – 16 July 1954) was a Dutch Egyptologist, archaeologist and orientalist. Born in Amsterdam, into a “liberal Jewish” family,[1] Frankfort studied history at the University of Amsterdam and then moved to London, where in 1924, he took an MA under Sir Flinders Petrie at the University College. In 1927 he gained a Ph.D. from the University of Leiden.

Books in order of publication:

  • The Mural Painting of el-Amarna (1929)
  • The Cenotaph of Seti I at Abydos (together with A. de Buck and B. Gunn, 1933)
  • The City of Akhenaten volume II (together with J. D. S. Pendlebury, 1933)
  • Cylinder Seals: A Documentary Essay on the Art and Religion of the Ancient Near East (1939)
  • The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man (1946) (later re-titled Before Philosophy)
  • Ancient Egyptian Religion: an Interpretation (1948)
  • Kingship and the Gods. A Study of Ancient Near Eastern Religion as the Integration of Society and Nature (1948)
  • The Birth of Civilization in the Near East (1951)
  • The Art and Architecture of the Ancient Orient (1954)