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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

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Apr 25, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

May 16, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Jun 06, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Athens: Economy & Democracy Conference (in honour of P. Millett)

Jul 09, 2020

Faculty of Classics and Downing College, Cambridge

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Mar 20, 2020

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Coronavirus guidance

Feb 06, 2020

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CREWS: Visiting Fellowship focused on the study of ancient writing systems

Jan 22, 2020

Details of how to apply for this Visiting Fellowship are now available online. The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on Monday, 17th February 2020

Ted Kenney

Jan 02, 2020

The Faculty is very sorry to have to report the death, aged 95, of Ted Kenney, Kennedy Professor of Latin (from 1974 to 1982), on December 23rd 2019.

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