About this Fellow
At Oxford University, Professor Bowman has held the posts of Student (tutorial fellow) of Christ Church (1977-2002), Camden Professor of Ancient History (2002-9) and Principal of Brasenose College (2010-5). His main area of research is the social and economic history of the Roman Empire, with a particular interest in the documentary evidence of the Greek papyri for Egypt and of the Vindolanda Writing-tablets for northern Britain. He also has a strong interest in digital scholarship and Information Technology as it relates to the visualisation and decipherment of damaged documents. He was the founder of the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents at the University of Oxford and served as Director until 2018. Major research projects in which he is currently involved are:
- The Corpus of Greek and Bilingual Inscriptions of Ptolemaic Egypt (CPI), an updated edition of about 600 inscriptions from Egypt between Alexander the Great and the death of Kleopatra.
- The Oxford Roman Economy Project, quantifying growth and decline in the economic performance of the Roman empre from c. 200 BC to AD 350.
- The Vindolanda Writing-Tablets, continuing work on imaging and deciphering unpublished tablets Roman Inscriptions of Britain, Vol.IV, Part 1, The Wooden Writing-tablets.
He was Vice-President (Humanities) of the British Academy from 2014-2018.
- Former Principal and Camden Professor Emeritus of Ancient History, Brasenose College, University of Oxford
- Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Manchester, 1972 - 1977
- Student, Christ Church University of Oxford, 1977
- Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Oxford, 1977
- Camden Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford, 2002
- Student of Christ Church and University Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Oxford, University of Oxford, 1977
- Former Principal and Camden Professor Emeritus of Ancient History, Brasenose College University of Oxford, 2015
- Camden Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford and Fellow of Brasenose College, University of Oxford, 2002
British Academy Appointments
- Vice-President Humanities, 2014 -
The archaeology of ports, commerce, urbanism and cultural change in the early Roman Mediterranean, particularly Italy and Iberia; the application of non-destructive field -techniques to archaeological sites
Roman history and Latin literature of the Republic and early Principate, with a special interest in time, religion, and institutions of literary culture
The study of ancient Greek literature and culture, and its reception, especially in the nineteenth century