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Dr Amin Benaissa
BA Yale, MSt DPhil Oxf


Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Lady Margaret Hall
Associate Professor in Classical Languages and Literature, Faculty of Classics


Lady Margaret Hall

Tel No: (01865) 274299

Dr Amin Benaissa

Research Keywords:

Greek literary and documentary papyrology; Archaic, Hellenistic and Imperial-period Greek poetry; social, cultural and institutional history of Graeco-Roman Egypt

Research Interests:

My main research area is papyrology or the study of ancient Greek papyri, the oldest manuscripts to survive from Graeco-Roman antiquity. Most of them originate from Egypt when it was under Ptolemaic and then Roman rule (c. 300 BCE–640 CE). They preserve various works of literature, both known and new, as well as a large quantity of private and official documents. My work is focused on the edition and interpretation of unpublished texts in various collections, especially the Oxyrhynchus Papyri collection housed in Oxford. I am particularly interested in papyri of Hellenistic and Imperial Greek poetry, papyri bearing on ancient education and scholarship, and documents relating to the society, institutions, and culture of Roman and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (one of the best documented provincial cities of the Roman Empire).

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  Benaissa-Publications-Jun-2017.pdf

Selected Publications:

Dionysius: The Epic Fragments, (Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2017).

'Copy of an Honorific Inscription for the Poetic Victor Apion', in The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Vol. LXXIX, (London 2014), 125-138.

'Ammianus Marcellinus Res Gestae 17.4.17 and
 the Translator of the Obelisk in Rome's Circus Maximus', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, Vol: 186, (2013), 114-118.

'P.Lond. Lit. 40 Revisited: New Readings in Dionysius' Bassarica', Archiv für Papyrusforschung 59/2, (2013), 280-297.

'Greek Language, Education, and Literary Culture' (Chapter 32), in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt, C. Riggs (ed.), (Oxford University Press 2012), 526-542.

A. Benaissa et al., The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Vol: LXXVII, (London 2011).

'A Syrian Slave Girl Twice Sold in Egypt', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, Vol: 173, (2010), 175-189.