Classics Department

Thomas Landvatter

Tom at the Colossi Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities
Classical archaeology, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt and Near East, identity and ethnicity in the ancient world
thomas.landvatter@reed.edu

On campus:
ETC 214
Phone: x4793

Off Campus:
Professor Thomas Landvatter
Department of Classics
Reed College
Portland, OR 97202
Phone: 503-517-4793
Fax: 503-777-7769

Education and Experience

I earned a BA in History and a BA in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Penn State University in 2006, and my PhD in 2013 from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA) at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Reed in 2015, I taught at Kalamazoo College and Valparaiso University. My teaching and research interests both center on the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean, in particular during the Hellenistic period (323-30 BCE). Geographically, I focus on the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, especially Egypt. However, my broader interests encompass issues of cross-cultural interaction, imperialism, and material culture across the entire ancient Mediterranean, from the end of the Bronze Age (ca. 1200 BCE) into Late Antiquity (ca. 700 CE). My research specifically focuses on the archaeology of death and burial, and uses data from human burials to understand the social structures and practices of ancient societies.

Recent Courses Taught

Spring 2017

Humanities 110: The Hellenistic Period and the Rise of Rome

Classics 383: Classical Archaeology - Greek

Fall 2016

Humanities 110: The Ancient Mediterranean

Greek 110: First-Year Greek

Spring 2016

Humanities 110: The Hellenistic Period and the Rise of Rome

Classics 372/History 392: The Hellenistic World

Fall 2015

Humanities 110: The Ancient Mediterranean

External Fellowships and Grants

2014 Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI)-Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Fellowship: for on-site research on Cyprus, for the project "Alexandrian Burial Practices and Social Identity on Ptolemaic Cyprus"

2012 American Research Center in Egypt Fellowship (ARCE): for on-site dissertation research and photographic documentation of mortuary sites in Alexandria, Luxor, and the Dakhleh and Khargeh Oases

2011-2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (BCS Proposal 1038765): "Identity, Burial Practices, and Social Change in Greco-Roman Egypt"

Publications and Papers

Articles

2016 "Archaeological and Papyrological Inquiry at Karanis: Problems and Potentialities." Pp. 1493-1518 in T. Derda, J. Urbanik, A. Łajtar, G. Ochała (eds.) Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Papyrology: Warsaw 29.07.–03.08.2013 (Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement 28)

2014 "Karanis Findspots and Stratigraphy." Pp. 39-43 in T.G. Wilfong (ed.) Karanis Revealed: Uncovering the Past and Present of a Michigan Excavation in Egypt. Kelsey Museum Publication 7. Ann Arbor.

2014 "A Skeleton from the Michigan Karanis Excavation." Pp. 141-142 in T.G. Wilfong (ed.) Karanis Revealed: Uncovering the Past and Present of a Michigan Excavation in Egypt. Kelsey Museum Publication 7. Ann Arbor.

2013 "Burial Practices and Ritual Landscapes at Ptolemaic Abydos: The 2011 and 2012 Seasons of the Abydos Middle Cemetery Project." Near Eastern Archaeology 76.4: 235-245.

2012 "The Serapis and Isis Coinage of Ptolemy IV." American Journal of Numismatics 24.

2012 "Burial Practices in Ptolemaic Alexandria." ARCE Bulletin 201.

Book Reviews

2009 "Le Tombeau de Pétosiris à Touna el-Gebel: Relevé photographique." By N. Cherpion, J.-P. Corteggiani, and J-Fr. Gout. BiGen, vol. 27. Cairo: IFAO, 2007; in Journal of the American Oriental Society, October/December 2009, Vol. 129 Issue 4, pp. 733-734.