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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

The Roman and Islamic City in North Africa

Sep 29, 2017

McDonald Institute, seminar room

Nudity and Adornment in Greek and Indian Art

Oct 17, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Recitativo: Fragments - after Lucretius and Negri

Oct 20, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Big Saturday at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Oct 21, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Incredible India: Sanskrit Myths and Truths

Oct 21, 2017

Room G.19, Faculty of Classics/Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Postgraduate Open Day Saturday 18 November 2017

Sep 22, 2017

Details of the 2017 Faculty of Classics Postgraduate Open Day are now available online:

Major archaeological discovery near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece

Sep 12, 2017

A monumental Mycenaean rock-cut chamber tomb came to light this summer at Prosilio near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece, during the excavations conducted there by the Ministry of Culture & Sports of Greece/Ephorate of Antiquities of Boeotia and of the British School at Athens/University of Cambridge

Interamna Lirenas goes LIVE!

Aug 21, 2017

Follow the students of the Faculty of Classics as they excavate the Roman theatre at Interamna Lirenas.

Roman Britain

Aug 07, 2017

Faculty statement concerning ethnic diversity in Roman Britain

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