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 Graeco-Roman Egypt, and Greek papyrology. I have published a book on the social and economic role of pastoralism in Roman Egypt (AD I-III) entitled L'allevamento di pecore e capre nell'Egitto romano: aspetti economici e sociali (Edipuglia, 2012), as well as articles and editions of new texts. I have been part of international research groups for the edition of unpublished Greek papyri (Prague and Florence), and am currently collaborating with the Berkeley Prosopography Services Project (University of California, Berkeley), which aims to create a digital tool for social network analysis. For more information on my work in Digital Humanities see //

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current positions within the School:

Postgraduate Degree Programme Director (2017-)

Employability officer (2016-)

Classics Rep for School Marketing and Communication committee (2016-)

Library rep (2016-)

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 and economic history of the Roman Empire
  • Graeco-Roman Egypt
  • Greek Papyrology
  • Village economy and society in the Roman world
  • Institutions in the Roman imperial period

Current research

I am currently completing a book entitled Village life in Roman Egypt: Tebtunis in the first century AD, which 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.

Postgraduate supervision

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


Office hours (2017/18)

Semester 2:

Tuesday 10:00-12:00

Wednesday 11:00-13:00

Please note that there are no office hours during the exam period.

Research day:

Semester 1 & 2: Fridays

Module leader (2017/18)

CAH3036/8036: Roman Egypt

CAH8020: Masterclass in Ancient History

CAC8000: Research Skills and Dissertation Training

CAH8090: Dissertation for MA Classics and Ancient History

CLA2002/3002/8002: Special Study Stage 2 and 3

CAG1011: Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 1

CAC8106 & CAC8107: Independent Study Project in Classics and Ancient History 1 & 2

Contributor (2017/18)

CAH2009: Portfolio in Ancient History I: Commentaries

CAH3000:  Portfolio in Ancient History II: Dissertation

CAH2020 : Greek and Roman Religions

CAC2061: Slavery in Greco-Roman antiquity

HIS2240: Greece from the ancient times to the 21st century