Dr. El-Abbadi is Professor Emeritus of Greco-Roman Studies at the University of Alexandria. He received a bachelor’s degree with honours from the University of Alexandria and a special bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Cambridge University.
Dr. El-Abbadi is the recipient of many hounours, including the Kavafy Award in Greek Studies, National Award for Merit in Social Studies, “Distinguished Scholar of 2002” awarded by the Association of Egyptian-American Scholars and a Doctorat Honoris Causa from the Université de Québec à Montréal.
Dr. El-Abbadi is the President of the Archaeological Society of Alexandria, President of the Egyptian Association of Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Member of “l’Institut d’Egypte,” Cairo, Member of the Supreme Council of Culture, Cairo and Member of the Supreme Council of Archaeology, Cairo.
A selection of his recent publications includes, Life and Fate of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, UNESCO, Paris (1990, 1992, and 1999) that has been translated into English, Arabic, French, Japanese, Spanish, and Greek, Alexandria, Site and Region, F. Maria Ricci, Milan (1992), Egypt from Alexander to the Arab Conquest (1966 repeatedly reprinted until 1995) (in Arabic), editor of India and Egypt, Bombay (1993; Arabic translation, Cairo 2007), Cairo, City of Art and Commerce, by G. Wiet, (Arabic translation, Beirut 1968, Cairo 1990), Strabo, Pliny the Elder and Ptolemy of Alexander: Three Views of Ancient Arabia & its People, by Henry I. MacAdam, Geographical Studies no. 146, Kuwait 1992 (Arabic translation).