Dr Dorothy Thompson FBA

Classics and Ancient History

Elected 1996

Fellow type
UK Emeritus Fellow
Year elected

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.

From 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).

Most of Thompson's teaching career has been in Cambridge, including 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 (1982-1983), Fellow of the National Humanities Center, North Carolina (1993-1994), 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.

Current Post

Girton College, Cambridge Life Fellow

Clare College, University of Cambridge Bye-Fellow

Past appointments

University of Cambridge Isaac Newton Trust Lecturer in Classics

1992 - 2005

Girton College, Cambridge Senior Tutor

1981 - 1992

Girton College, Cambridge Fellow in Classics and History

1965 - 2006

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