Jonathan Egid - Biography

I was born in South East London and raised in the small Warwickshire village of Long Itchington, the home of the last Anglo-Saxon bishop and seven pubs of varying quality. I have since lived in Paris, Oxford and Canterbury, where I studied philosophy, on the island of Crete, where I taught English, and I now find myself in London once again. I'm an ardent supporter of Arsenal F.C, and a slightly less ardent supporter of Maccabi Tel Aviv in basketball. I buy far too many books and a few too many plants.

I have a deep and abiding fascination with two animals in particular, the majestic Capra nubiana and the the gracious Hippopotamus amphibius and recently saw a Mandarin duck in Hampstead ponds.

My philosophical heroes are Kant, Wittgenstein and Yeshayahu Leibowitz, my favourite writers Nikos Kazantzakis, Amos Oz and Vassily Grossman. I am currently (as of June 2020) reading Justin E.H Smith's Nature, Human Nature and Human Difference, Adam Phillips' Attention Seeking, and Bahru Zewde's A History of Modern Ethiopia.

In September 2020 I will begin an AHRC funded project at King's College London on Zera Yacob (see tab above), supervised by Dr Sara Marzagora and Dr Ralph Lee, OBE.


  • English 


  • French 


  • Modern Greek


  • Ancient Greek 


  • Ge'ez   








2016 - 2018

University of Oxford

University of Oxford

2011 - 2015

University of Kent

University of Kent

2013 - 2014

Université Paris IV – La Sorbonne

Academic CV

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