Jan Assmann was born in 1938 and has taught Egyptology at Heidelberg University since 1976. He has directed a research project in Luxor since 1978. In 1998 he was awarded the German Historians' Prize. Hanser has published Ägypten (1996), Moses der Ägypter (1998), Herrschaft und Heil (2000), Die Mosaische Unterscheidung (2003) and Die Zauberflöte. Oper und Mysterium (2005).