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Professor Alan Bowman FBA

Classics and Ancient History
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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The Vindolanda Writing-Tablets, continuing work on imaging and deciphering unpublished tablets Roman Inscriptions of Britain, Vol.IV, Part 1, The Wooden Writing-tablets.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.

 

Website: http://www.classics.ox.ac.uk/alanbowman.html

Appointments

Current post

  • Former Principal and Camden Professor Emeritus of Ancient History, Brasenose College, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • 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 -

Publications

Artefacts and Images of the Ancient World 2005

Egypt after the Pharaohs 1986

Agriculture in Egypt, from Pharaonic to modern times (_PBA_ 96, 1999)

The Vindolanda writing tablets (Tabulae Vindolandenses III) 2003

The Roman Agricultural Economy: Organization, Investment, and Production 2013

Life and Letters on the Roman Frontier. Vindolanda and its People 2003, rev. ed.

Other Classical Antiquity Fellows

Professor Simon Keay

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

Professor Denis Feeney

Roman history and Latin literature of the Republic and early Principate, with a special interest in time, religion, and institutions of literary culture