Mladen Tomorad



Mladen Tomorad was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1971. 

From 2000 to 2011 he worked at the Department of History, Faculty of Philosophy at University of Zagreb. Since April 2011 he has worked at the Department of History, Croatian Studies of the University of Zagreb as Assistant Professor of Ancient history.

He is chief of the first Egyptological project in Croatia entitled „Croato-Aegyptica Electronica“, and main editor of the web site

Please refer to his biography for further details.

Mladen studied history, ancient history, museology and Egyptology at the University of Zagreb – Faculty of Philosophy where he was awarded his M.A. degree in history (1997 dissertation entitled “Shabtis from Roman provinces Dalmatia and Pannonia”), his master of science degree (M.Ph. 2001, thesis entitled: “Egyptian antiquities in Croatian historical sciences”) in ancient history, and his doctor of science degree (Ph.D.) in museology and history (2006, thesis entitled “Model of computer-aided analysis and presentation of Egyptian artifacts in museum collections in Croatia“). He also studied Egyptology at the University of Manchester, Faculty of Life Sciences (dissertation “Shabtis from Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Croatia”).



His major research fields are:
• ancient Egyptian funeral practices;
• beliefs and architecture;
• diffusion of Egyptian cults during Graeco-Roman periods;
• history of Egyptology; and
• Egyptian collections in Croatia.
He published a scientific book,„Egypt in Croatia“(Barbat, Zagreb 2003), and is also co-author of history textbooks for 5th grade of primary school and 1st grade of Gymnasium. He has written and published a large number of papers from the fields of ancient history, Egyptology and museology (13 reviews, 7 summaries of conference papers, 27 scientific papers, 110 other papers).

Shabtis in Croatian Private Collections and Museums


Approximately 5,000 Egyptian artefacts are housed in the more than twenty museum and known private collections in Croatia (4,042 in museums and circa 1,000 in private collections) dating from the 4th millennium BC to AD 641. There are 375 shabtis in nine museums and the known private collections in Croatia. Most (346) came from the Pharaonic periods of Ancient Egypt, but an additional 26 shabtis and 3 pseudoshabtis were unearthed during excavations in the territory of the Roman provinces of Dalmatia and Pannonia (today in Croatia). These shabtis were usually connected with the diffusion of the Egyptian cults during Graeco-Roman periods (c. 4th century BC to the 3rd century AD). The largest collection of shabtis is held in the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb (312). These shabtis were collected over a long period of time, from 1865 to today, and from various sources, but most are of unknown provenance. My analysis showed that all shabtis are genuine. They were crafted between the Middle Kingdom (AMZ, inv. no. E-310) and the 3rd c. AD. The following analysis of the shabtis showed that almost all known types and forms of shabtis can be found in Croatian collections. [more…]