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Michael Freeman,

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman is a sixth-year PhD candidate. His academic interests lie in papyrology, Greek religion, and in ancient social and intellectual history. He is particularly interested in ancient education, magic in the Greco-Roman world, and in the lived experiences of scribes in Roman Egypt.

Michael received a B.A. in Ancient history and Classical languages in 2017 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he helped to develop a peer reviewed academic exhibit on "Magic in the Ancient World" at the Penn Museum. During the 2018-19 academic year, Michael held a fellowship through the Rubenstein Library through which he developed a hands-on, introductory module on Greek papyrology taught as apart of the course “History of the Book”. The following year, he received the Middlesworth Award for his use of the Rubenstein's archival materials in his writing and research. Michael is also the graduate coordinator at the Manuscript Migration Lab, where he directs and aids graduate student research and himself investigates the life and afterlife of Duke's papyrus collection.

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Teaching (Summer2 2023):

    Allen 229, MTuWThF 12:30 PM-03:00 PM
    Allen 229, MTuWThF 12:30 PM-03:00 PM
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Fall 2022 Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm, or by appointment

Education, Ancient • Greek History: Classical • Greek History: Hellenistic / Imperial • Intellectual history • Magic, Ancient • Manuscripts, Greek (papyri) • Mythology, Greek • Neoplatonism • Religion and science--History • Roman History: Provinces • Scribes

Recent Publications

  1. Anthropology, UOPMOAA, Magic in the Ancient World An Exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, April 16, 2016--April 30, 2017 (2016), ISBN 0924171820

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