Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities
Classical archaeology, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt and Near East, identity and ethnicity in the ancient world
Professor Thomas Landvatter
Department of Classics
Portland, OR 97202
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.
I currently co-direct a fieldschool on Cyprus at the Hellenistic fortification site of Pyla-Vigla. Information about the fieldshool can found on our excavation blog.
Recent Courses Taught
Classics 382: Material Culture and Empire - The Archaeology of the Roman World
Latin 110: First-Year Latin
Classics 383: Contact and Exchange in the Mediterranean - The Archaeology of the Greek World
Greek 110: First-Year Greek
Classics 382: Classical Archaeology - Roman
Greek 210: Second-Year Greek
Classics 375: Ancient Egyptian History and Civilization
Greek 110: First-Year Greek
Greek 311: Herodotus and the Greek Encouter with Egypt
External Fellowships and Grants
2018 Sabbatical Enhancement, Loeb Classical Library Foundation, for project “Burial and Identity in Ptolemaic Egypt”
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
2019 “Fluctuating Landscapes: Cross-Cultural Interaction, Mortuary Practice and Ritual at Ptolemaic-Roman Abydos,” in I. Regulski (ed.) Abydos: the sacred land at the end of the horizon (British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan 8), Peeters, 152-170.
2019 "Seventy-seven Signatories to an Agreement." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 210: 222-227.
2018 “Identity and Cross-Cultural Interaction in Early Ptolemaic Alexandria: Cremation in Context.” In P. McKechnie and J. Cromwell (eds.) Ptolemy I and the Transformation of Egypt 404-282BC. Brill, 199-234.
2018 “Contact Points: Alexandria, a Hellenistic Capital in Egypt.” In J. Spier, T. Potts, and S.E. Cole (eds.) Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World. Getty Museum, 128-134.
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.
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, 129.4: 733-734.