Peter Van Minnen

Peter Van Minnen

Professor

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Professional Summary

Peter van Minnen (PhD 1997) is an ancient historian broadly interested in the society, economy, and culture of the Roman Empire, including Early Christianity and Late Antiquity. He is an authority on papyri from Greco-Roman Egypt and made world news in 2000-01 with the discovery of the so-called Cleopatra papyrus. He has taught in Classics and History departments around the world, as well as in Divinity and Law schools. He has held fellowships from Leuven University, the Dutch Academy, Dumbarton Oaks, the American School in Athens, and the Loeb Foundation.
He has taught seminars on Alexandria (Greek papyri), Keos (Greek inscriptions), Latium Vetus (Latin inscriptions), and Roman North Africa, as well as more topical seminars (e.g., religion in the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial worlds). He has set specials ranging from the Persian Empire and the economy of Classical Athens to Roman law and Greek and Latin patristics. His students have worked on Late Antique poetry, religion, and urban history, and on the transition from the Republic (or Hellenistic period) to the early Roman Empire from a variety of perspectives (literature, institutions, iconography, coins). All PhDs hold tenure-track positions in the US or abroad.
He is currently engaged in two projects: the edition of a family archive from Hermopolis (with Greek athletes in the family) and a study of documents from Alexandria (complementing archaeology and literature; with a web component). His publications now number over 200 and include studies of the archaeological context of literature and documents, the Roman economy, and women in Greco-Roman Egypt. He loves numbers and looks forward to sharing his passion for agriculture, demography, and taxation… Since 2006 he edits the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, which involves one or two graduate assistants. 
For more information, see his academia.edu page: He is on academia.edu (https://uc.academia.edu/PetervanMinnen), and for a CV see http://classics.uc.edu/~vanminnen/PVM-CV2015-WEB.pdf.

Education

MA, University of Leiden Leiden, Netherlands, 1983 (Classics including Ancient History and Papyrology)

PhD, University of Leuven Leuven, Belgium, 1997 (Ancient History)

Research Support

2001 Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University Fall Term Fellowship

1998 -2001 Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship

1997 -1998 Research Council, Leuven University Postdoctoral Fellowship

1996 -1997 Research Council, Leuven University Research Fellowship

1985 -1989 Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research Research Fellowship

2008 -2009 American School of Classical Studies at Athens Whitehead Professor Type:Fellowship

2002 URC Research grant

2010 URC Research Grant $6,500

2011 -2012 Graduate School Editorial Assistantship (renewable) $11,536 Active Type:Grant

Grant: #Fulbright Scholar Investigators:Van Minnen, Peter 09-01-2010 -03-01-2011 Department of State Lower City Houses of llion Role:PI $.00 Closed Level:Federal

Abbreviated Publications

Book Chapter

(2003). A royal ordinance of Cleopatra and related documents. In S. Walker and S.-A. Ashton (Eds.), Cleopatra Reassessed (pp. 35-44). London: British Museum Press.

(2003). Dioscorus and the law. In A.A. MacDonald, M.W. Twomey and G.J. Reinink (Eds.), Learned Antiquity: Scholarship and Society in the Near East, the Greco-Roman World, and the Early Medieval West (pp. 115-133). Leuven: Peeters.

(2003). The Greek Apocalypse of Peter. In J.N. Bremmer (Eds.), The Apocalypse of Peter (pp. 15-39). Leuven: Peeters.

(2004). Greek papyri and Coptic studies, 1996-2000. In M. Immerzeel and J. van der Vliet (Eds.), Coptic Studies on the Threshold of a New Millennium(pp. 423-445). Leuven: Peeters.

(2004). Literature. In R.S. Bagnall and D.W. Rathbone (Eds.), Egypt from Alexander to the Copts: An Archaeological and Historical Guide (pp. 36-41). London: British Museum Press.

(2004). Hermopolis, Antinoopolis and cemeteries. In R.S. Bagnall and D.W. Rathbone (Eds.), Egypt from Alexander to the Copts: An Archaeological and Historical Guide (pp. 162-172). London: British Museum Press.

(2006). The changing world of cities in Later Roman Egypt. In J.-U. Krause and C. Witschel (Eds.), Die spätantike Stadt – Niedergang oder Wandel?(pp. 153-179). Stuttgart: Steiner.

(2006). Saving history? Egyptian hagiography in its space and time. In J. Dijkstra and M. van Dijk (Eds.), The Encroaching Desert: Egyptian Hagiography and the Medieval West (pp. 57-91). Leiden and Boston: Brill.

(2007). The millennium of papyrology (2001-)?. In B. Palme (Eds.), Akten des 23. internationalen Papyrologen-Kongresses (pp. 703-714). Wien: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

(2007). The other cities in Later Roman Egypt. In R.S. Bagnall (Eds.), Egypt in the Byzantine World, 300-700 (pp. 207-225). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(2007). The Akhmim codex of the Gospel of Peter. In T.J. Kraus and T. Nicklas (Eds.), Das Evangelium nach Petrus. Text, Kontexte, Intertexte (pp. 54-60). Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter.

joint with J.F. Oates (2007). Three papyri from Kellis. In A.J.B. Sirks and K.A.Worp (Eds.), Papyri in Memory of P.J. Sijpesteijn (pp. 54-64). Oakvile, CT: American Society of Papyrologists.

(2008). Money and credit in Roman Egypt. In W.V. Harris (Ed.), The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans (pp. 226-241). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(2009). Hermopolis and its papyri. In G. Bastianini and A. Casanova (Eds.), 100 anni di istituzioni fiorentine per la papirologia (pp. 1-15). Firenze: Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli.”

(2009). The future of papyrology. In R.S. Bagnall (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Papyrology (pp. 644-660). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(2010). Contracting caterers on Keos. In J.H.F. Dijkstra, J.E.A. Kroesen and Y. Kuiper (Eds.),Myths, Martyrs, and Modernity: Studies in the History of Religions in Honour of Jan N. Bremmer(pp. 209-217). Leiden and Boston: Brill.

(2010). Archaeology and papyrology: digging and filling holes? In K. Lembke, M. Minas-Nerpel and S. Pfeiffer (Eds.), Tradition and Transformation: Egypt under Roman Rule (pp. 437-474). Leiden and Boston: Brill.

(2010). Die Königinnen der Ptolemäerdynastie in papyrologischer und epigraphischer Evidenz. In A. Kolb (Ed.), Augustae. Machtbewusste Frauen am römischen Kaiserhof? (pp. 39-53). Berlin snd New York: De Gruyter.

Peer Reviewed Publications

(2006). Saving history? Egyptian hagiography in its space and time. Church History and Religious Culture (86), 57-91.

joint with K.A. Worp (2009). A Latin manumission tax tablet in Los Angeles. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (46), 15-22.

(2009). Less Artemidorus and More. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (46), 165-174.

(2009). P.Princ. 3.159. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (46), 146.

(2009). P.Princ. 2.29. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (46), 147-148.

(2010). For John Whitehorne. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (47), 7.

(2010). Traianos Gagos (1960-2010). Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (47), 9-10.

(2010). P.Got. 9. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (47), 234-235.

Review

(2004). R. Sallares, Malaria and Rome, Oxford 2002. Journal of Interdisciplinary History 35, 117-119.

(2006). A.T. Crislip, From Monastery to Hospital, Ann Arbor 2004. Social History of Medicine 19, 355-356.

(2006). Achille Vogliano cinquant’anni dopo 1, Milan 2003. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 43, 179-180.

(2006). Ægyptus Christiana. Mélanges d’hagiographie égyptienne et orientale dédiés à la mémoire du P. Paul Devos, Bollandiste, Geneva 2004. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 43, 181-182.

(2006). H.J. Wolff, Das Recht der griechischen Papyri Ägyptens in der Zeit der Ptolemaeer und des Prinzipats 1, Munich 2002. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 43, 183-188.

(2007). E. Bresciani et al., Medinet Madi. Venti anni di esplorazione archeologica, 1984-2005Pisa 2006. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 44, 267-268

(2007). S. Pfeiffer, Das Dekret von Kanopos (238 v. Chr.), Munich and Leipzig 2004. Gnomon 79, 709-713.

(2008). M. Westerhoff, Auferstehung und Jenseits im koptischen "Buch der Auferstehung Jesu Christi, unseres Herrn", Wiesbaden 1999. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 45, 277-284.

(2009). F.A.J. Hoogendijk and B.P. Muhs (eds.), Sixty-Five Papyrological Texts Presented to Klaas A. Worp on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday, Leiden and Boston 2008. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46, 199-207.

(2009). T. Derda, Deir el-Naqlun: The Greek Papyri 2, Warszawa 2008. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46, 219-223

(2009). N.Litinas, Ostraca from Abu Mina (O.Abu Mina), Berlin and New York 2008. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46, 225-228.

(2009). E.M. Grob and A. Kaplony (eds.), Documentary Letters from the Middle East: The Evidence in Greek, Coptic, South Arabian, Pehlevi, and Arabic (1st-15th c CE). Asiatische Studien/Études Asiatiques 62.3 (2008), 671-906. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46, 235-239.

(2009). G. Cavallo, La scrittura greca e latina dei papyri. Pisa and Roma 2008. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46, 249-250.

(2009). T. Derda, Arsinoites nomos, Warsaw 2006. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46, 267-270.

(2009). M. Hirt-Raj, Médecins et malades de l’Égypte romaine, Leiden 2005. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46, 271-273.

(2009). J. Gascou, Sophrone de Jérusalem, Miracles de Saints Cyr et Jean, Paris 2006. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46, 291-292.

(2010). R.W.V. Catling and F. Marchand (eds.), with the assistance of M. Sasanow, Onomatologos: Studies in Greek Personal Names Presented to Elaine Matthews, Oxford 2010. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47, 319-321.

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Peter van Minnen (2009. )Women in Augustan Alexandria .Universität Wien,

Peter van Minnen (2009. )Freilassungssteuerquittungsholztafelfragment .Universität Wien,

Lecture

(2006. )Becoming a Reader in Graeco-Roman Egypt .University of Cincinnati.

(2005. )Saving History? Egyptian Hagiography in Space and Time .University of Groningen.

(2005. )Money, Credit and Capital in Roman Egypt .Columbia University.

(2005. )The Family Papers of Dioscorus of Aphrodite .University of Strasbourg.

(2004. )The Cities of Later Roman Egypt .Dumbarton Oaks.

(2004. )Alexandria, the Royal City on the Sea .University of Cincinnati.

(2003. )Cities in Later Roman Egypt .University of Munich.

(2003. )Hermopolis in Late Antiquity .Yale University.

(2003. )Poverty and Religion in Roman Egypt .Society of Biblical Literature.

(2008. )Alexandria in the Age of Augustus .University of Chicago. Other Institution.

(2008. )Hermopolis and Italy .Istituto Papirologico "G. Vitelli".

(2008. )Papyrology and Archaeology .Roemer-Pleizaeus-Museum Hildesheim.

(2008. )Hellenistic Queens and Roman Women .University of Zurich.

(2008. )Alexandria in the Age of Augustus .American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Event Organized

Papyrological Summer Institute

Papyrological Summer Institute Workshop 05-2005 06-2005 University of Cincinnati Level:International

Service

Department Head Type:Departmental Service 2010

American Society of Papyrologists Editor of Journal Type:Editorial Service Level:International 2006

Association Internationale de Papyrologues (Comité International )Member Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:International 2010 -2019

American Research Center in Sofia (Managing Committee )Member Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:International 2006

Positions and Work Experience

01-01-2002 -08-31-2005 Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

09-01-1998 -08-31-2001 Postdoctoral fellow, Project: Contextualizing Early Christianity in Egypt, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

09-01-1997 -08-31-1998 Postdoctoral fellow, Project: Landuse in Roman Hermopolis, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

09-01-1992 -Bad Format: 19960631 Research Associate, Project: Duke Papyrus Archive (conservation and cataloguing of the papyrus collection at Duke University, including digitization), Duke University, Durham, NC

09-01-1990 -08-31-1992 Research Associate, Project: Duke Data Bank of Documentary Papyri (proofreading Greek texts), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

01-01-1984 -12-31-1984 Research Associate, Project: Leiden Papyri (edition of 100 texts from the collection of the Leiden Papyrological Institute), University of Leiden, Leiden, Netherlands

09-01-2005 -To Present Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Keywords

Papyri, Inscriptions, Egypt, Rome, Greece, History, Archaeology, Papyrology, Epigraphy, Greek, Latin, Coptic, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Patristics, Bible, Christianity, Religion, Editing

Research and Practice Interests

Peter van Minnen has been working on the Egyptian city of Hermopolis in the Roman period and on the economy of Roman Egypt more generally. He plans to edit the archive of a family of athletes from Hermopolis. He also intends to publish a collection of essays on early Christianity in Egypt from Alexandria to Philae. He maintains a web site on ancient Alexandria (http://classics.uc.edu/~vanminnen/) and plans to write a monograph on Alexandria in the age of Augustus. He is currently directing two dissertations on Late Antique Mérida, Spain, and on temples in Roman Egypt.

Professional Affiliation

09-01-1998 -08-31-2001: Postdoctoral fellow Project: Contextualizing Early Christianity in Egypt Dutch Royal Academy, Amsterdam

09-10-2001 -12-10-2001: Fellow Project: Contextualizing Early Christianity in Egypt Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC

09-01-2008 -06-01-2009: Whitehead Professor American School of Classical Studies at Athens,

Courses Taught

15-GRK-301 ATTIC PROSE Level:Both

Level:Graduate

15-CLAS-102 INTRO ANC HISTORY Level:Undergraduate

Level:Graduate

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Level:Graduate