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Michael Freeman,

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman is a fourth-year PhD student. 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 a graduate affiliate at the Manuscript Migration Lab, where he investigates the life and afterlife of papyrus school texts.

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Teaching (Spring 2022):

  • CLST 283.01, GREEK HISTORY Synopsis
    Social Sciences 119, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 230.01)
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Fall 2020 Zoom Office Hours (please contact in advance): Monday 4:00-5:00pm; Wednesday 11:00am-12:00pm; or by appointment

Intellectual history • Magic, Ancient • Manuscripts, Greek (papyri) • Mythology, Greek • Neoplatonism • Religion and science--History

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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