About this Fellow
Dorothy J. Thompson, a Fellow of Girton College and Bye-Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, is an ancient historian with a particular interest in Hellenistic Egypt. In her research and writing she employs the evidence of papyri to look at social and economic questions; she is further concerned with relations between the different ethnic groups of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. 2001-2007 she served as President of the International Association of Papyrologists and remains an Honorary President. Other presidencies include the Cambridge Classical Association (1987-1990) and the Cambridge Philological Society (2002-2004). Her Memphis under the Ptolemies (Princeton 1988) received the James H. Breasted Prize from the American Historical Association (1989). She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1996. Most of Thompson's teaching career has been in Cambridge (Isaac Newton Lectureship in the Faculty of Classics, 1992-2005) with a visiting professorship at Princeton University (1996). She has been a Member of the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton (1982/3), Fellow of the National Humanities Center, North Carolina (1993/4), held a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust (2002-2004) and has lectured widely in the UK and the US. Her Honorary DLitt (Liverpool) dates from 2013.
- Life Fellow of Girton College, Bye-Fellow of Clare College
- Senior Tutor, Girton College University of Cambridge, 1981 - 1992
- Isaac Newton Trust Lecturer in Classics, University of Cambridge, 1992 - 2005
- Fellow in Classics and History, Girton College University of Cambridge, 1965 - 2006
- Life Fellow of Girton College, Bye-Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge, 2006
British Academy Appointments
- Member of Council, 2002 - 2005
Ancient economies, societies, civilizations. The archaeology and history of the Roman Empire and its neighbours at the very large scale
Greek, Roman, early Christian and Byzantine art and archaeology; the reception of material culture in texts, museums and collecting; art and text; art and religion; the history of art history
Philosophy: Ancient philosophy especially Plato's metaphysics, epistemology and ethics; ethics; the philosophy of medicine
Classics, in particular: ancient and medieval ideas on language; the use of value terms in public debate; cognitive approaches to Greek literature; innovation processes in antiquity, in particular their 'anchoring'