Ahmad Etman

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Ahmad Etman
BornBani souif
15 August 201315 August 2013
🏳️ NationalityEgyptian
🏫 EducationDoctorate from the University of Athens.
💼 Occupation
🏅 AwardsThe state incentive award in translation 1973

Ahmed Etman (Arabic: أحمد عتمان) is an academic and translator, who was born in Egypt in 1945.[when?] He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Department of Greek and Latin Studies, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. He translated many Greek books and enriched the Arabic library a lot. He was honored by Greece in recognition of his efforts, and was chosen as an ambassador for Greek civilization. He founded and chaired the Egyptian association for Greek and Roman Studies and was its official representative in the International Federation of associations.[1]


Ahmed Etman was born in a small town called Bani Atman in Bani Souif, Egypt. He studied high school at Nile High School in his home town and was ranked 10th nationwide in 1961. Ahmed Etman was 20 years old when he received his bachelor's degree in classics from Cairo University and then received his Doctorate from the University of Athens in 1974 with excellent distinction, he then began working as a teacher at the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University in 1965, then appointed a teacher in the same faculty, then an assistant professor in the same college, and served as a professor since 1986, and as head of the same department from 1989-1994 and 1997-20000. He was professor of comparative literature, president of the Egyptian association of Comparative Literature, and an honorary member of the Greek Literary University of Burnooses. He was the Minister of Education's consultant for BA affairs from 1989 to 1992. Dr. Ahmed Etman is one of the pioneers of classical Greek studies. It took him six years to translate Homer's "Iliad" with the help of others and this was the first time that Homer's work was translated into Arabic directly from the original text. He also translated other Greek works such as Sophocles and Euripides. He contributed to the translation of meanings of the Qur'an and translated Arabic literature into Greek such as "The Beginning and the End" novel by Naguib Mahfouz. He has had many researches and works that have changed how people perceive literature and its relation to history and historians, a good example of that would be his book Latin Literature and its urban role, in addition to his famous study of Cleopatra through the art of Plutarchus, Shakespeare and Ahmed Shawky. Etman was a lover of theatre and theatrical studies, he participated in the translation of Aeneid by Virgil, the Greek comedy play written by the playwright Aristophanes "The Clouds".[2]


The academic Ahmed Etman passed away at the peak of his career, leaving behind pioneering works in Greek and Latin classical studies and comparative literature. After being hit by a car on the Nile Corniche on Thursday, August 15, his body could not fight any longer in the intensive care unit. The Egyptian Writers' Union held a condolence and memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 26, 2013 at the Hamedia Mosque in Cairo.


Etman won several awards, including: The state incentive award in translation in 1973 for the translation of the Aeneid by Virgil into Arabic for Latin (with others), and the Cavafy International Prize in 1991 for the translation the beginning and end by Naguib Mahfouz into modern greek. Best translated book award for "Black Athens" in 1998, The Shield of the Supreme Council of Culture on the translation of Homer's 'Iliad' in 2004, Naguib Mahfouz Prize in Literary Creativity in 2005, Cairo University Award for Excellence in Humanities in 2010, certificate of appreciation and selection as ambassador of Hellenism in 2010. He was also honored in February 2013 as the undisputed leader of classics in the Arab world.[3]


  • Latin literature and its urban role, 1977
  • Translation of Marcus Aurelius's reflections
  • The wedding of the library bride, 2001
  • Translation and intercultural dialogue
  • A Belle in Socrates prison, 2004


  1. "المساهمون". Retrieved 13 Nov 2020.
  2. "الدكتور أحمد عتمان سيّد الدراسات الكلاسيكية في العالم العربي". النهار. Retrieved 13 Nov 2020.
  3. "د. أحمد عتمان". مؤسسة العويس الثقافية. Retrieved 11 Nov 2020.

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