Professor Alan Bowman FBA
Classics and Ancient History
- UK Fellow
At Oxford University, Professor Bowman has held the posts of Student (tutorial fellow) of Christ Church (1977-2002), Camden Professor of Ancient History (2002-2009) and Principal of Brasenose College (2010-2015). 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- The Vindolanda Writing-Tablets, continuing work on imaging and deciphering unpublished tablets Roman Inscriptions of Britain, Vol.IV, Part 1, The Wooden Writing-tablets.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.
Oxford University University Lecturer in Ancient History
Brasenose College, Oxford Camden Professor Emeritus of Ancient History
Jan 2002 - Jan 2010
Promotion of Roman Studies President
Jan 2001 - Jan 2005
Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, Oxford Founding Director
Jan 1995 - Jan 2018
Christ Church, Oxford Senior Censor
Jan 1988 - Jan 1990
University of Oxford Lecturer in Ancient History
Jan 1977 - Jan 2002
Univesity of Manchester Lecturer in Ancient History
Jan 1972 - Jan 1977
Rutgers Assistant Professor of Classics
Jan 1970 - Jan 1972
British Academy appointments
Humanities Vice President
Mar 2014 - Mar 2018
Professor Ingrid De Smet FBA
Renaissance and Early Modern intellectual culture, especially in France and the Low Countries; sixteenth and early-seventeenth century French literature; Neo-Latin Studies; the Republic of Letters; the Classical tradition