School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Micaela Langellotti

Lecturer in Ancient History


My areas of research are the social and economic history of the Roman Empire, with a particular focus on Egypt under Roman rule, and Greek papyrology. 

My second book, entitled Village life in Roman Egypt: Tebtunis in the first century AD (Oxford University Press, 2020), aims to reconstruct the first detailed village study for the Roman Empire, for Tebtunis, in the Fayum. Based on the analysis of the documents produced at the local record-office, this study examines aspects of village life for which our current knowledge is limited, such as social stratification, the actual position of women, slaves and priests, the functions of associations, the social relations between the peasants and the local elite, and the role of non-agricultural activities. This book will provide a model of rural society that can be used as a template for study of the 75% or so of the population who lived outside cities in the Eastern Mediterranean. For more information see

My first book, entitled L'allevamento di pecore e capre nell'Egitto romano: aspetti economici e sociali (Edipuglia, 2012), is a study of the social and economic role of pastoralism in Roman Egypt (AD I-III).

I have been part of international research groups for the edition of unpublished Greek papyri (Prague and Florence), and have collaborated with the Berkeley Prosopography Services Project (University of California, Berkeley), which aims to create a digital tool for social network analysis.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Previous positions:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, University of California, Berkeley (2014-16)

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, King's College London (2011-14)

Research Associate, King's College London (2010-11)


Research interests

  • Social, cultural and economic history of the Roman Empire
  • Egypt under Roman rule
  • Greek Papyrology
  • Village economy and society in the Roman world
  • Institutions in the Roman world

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to supervise prospective PhD students in the areas indicated above, and more broadly in topics related to social and economic history of the ancient world.


In semester 2 of 2019/20 I am the module leader of Roman Egypt CAH3036.

Feedback, guidance and consultation hours:

Monday 14:00-15:00

Wednesday 11:00-13:00

Research day: Friday