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Dr Dorothy J. Thompson

Dr Dorothy J. Thompson

Retired Newton Trust Lecturer in Ancient History

Fellow of Girton College

Girton College
Cambridge
CB3 0JG

Office Phone: 01223 354588

Research Interests

Culture and society of Hellenistic Egypt, the early Hellenistic world, documentary papyrology.

Research Supervision

Recent topics include: Hellenistic intellectual history, Hellenistic Bactria, ethnicity in Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemaic city foundations.

Key Publications

Memphis under the Ptolemies, 2nd ed. (Princeton 2012) 

Counting the People in Hellenistic Egypt, 2 vols. (Cambridge 2009), paperback of 2006 edition, joint with Willy Clarysse

Kerkeosiris: an Egyptian village in the Ptolemaic period (Cambridge 2007), paperback of 1971 edition

Some recent articles:

'Slavery in the Hellenistic world', in Cambridge History of Slavery I, ed. Paul Cartledge and Keith Bradley, 194-213 (Cambridge 2011).

'Education and culture in Hellenistic Egypt and beyond', in Escuela y Literatura en Grecia Antigua, ed. J. Fernández Delgado et al., 121-137 (Cassino 2007)

'Two Greek texts on skin from Hellenistic Bactria', ZPE 159 (2007) 273-279, joint with Willy Clarysse

'The Hellenistic family', in The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic world, ed. G. R. Bugh, 93-112 (Cambridge 2006)

Upcoming events

Sometimes all that glitters is gold

Oct 10, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

Mycenaean Seminar

Oct 12, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.11

Literature Seminar

Oct 12, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 17, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Archaeology Seminar

Oct 18, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

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New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October. To reserve your place please reply to pylos.lecture@classics.cam.ac.uk by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

Vacancy - Research Associate (Archaeology)

Aug 30, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate (Archaeology) from 01 November 2016. For more information and details on how to apply, please see the Jobs & Vacancies page.

Celebrating Cambridge Classics

Aug 19, 2016

Tim Whitmarsh, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, will deliver his Inaugural Lecture, “Oedipus the Atheist”, on Friday 14 October at 5pm in the Little Hall, Sidgwick Site. This begins a weekend of Classics celebrations including the Greek Play and a Symposium on Greek Drama at Newnham College.

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