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Faculty of Classics

 

Research

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

Publications

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)

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

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

Retired Newton Trust Lecturer in Ancient History
Fellow of Girton College
Dr Dorothy J. Thompson

Contact Details

Girton College
Cambridge
CB3 0JG
01223 354588
Not available for consultancy

Affiliations

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Latest news

Mary Beard receives THE Outstanding Achievement Award

18 November 2022

Professor Mary Beard received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards . The citation hailed how she had “broken through the ivory tower’s walls and brought her unique enthusiasm for her subject – and crucially, what it can teach us about contemporary life and politics – to the world”...

University Assistant Professorship in Classics

15 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Classics (Ancient Greek History and/or Archaeology) from 1 September 2023. The role is open to those, at any stage in their career, with a primary research interest in Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Greek History and/or Archaeology. We welcome...

Brian Leech Memorial Fund

10 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment of the Brian Leech Memorial Fund. The Fund comes about thanks to a generous donation by Emma Gleave, and is made in memory of her late father, Brian Leech. Brian Leech had a long and successful career as both barrister and judge. He also greatly enjoyed classical studies – with a life-long passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages.

Research Associates in Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems

21 October 2022

Applications are sought for two Research Associates to join the 'Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems' Project (VIEWS), led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele. Closing date 9 December 2022. For further details please see: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/37671/