Professor Alan Bowman FBA

Classics and Ancient History

Elected 1994

Portrait of Professor Alan Bowman FBA
Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

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The Vindolanda Writing-Tablets, continuing work on imaging and deciphering unpublished tablets Roman Inscriptions of Britain, Vol.IV, Part 1, The Wooden Writing-tablets.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

Past appointments

Brasenose College, University of Oxford Principal

2010 - 2015

University of Oxford Camden Professor Emeritus of Ancient History

2002 - 2009

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies President

2001 - 2005

Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, University of Oxford Founding Director

1995 - 2018

Christ Church College, University of Oxford Senior Censor

1988 - 1990

University of Oxford University Lecturer in Ancient History

1977 - 2002

Univesity of Manchester Lecturer in Ancient History

1972 - 1977

Rutgers Assistant Professor of Classics

1970 - 1972

British Academy appointments

Humanities Vice President

2014 - 2018

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