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Dr Micaela Langellotti

Langellotti, Dr Micaela

Dr Micaela LangellottiBritish Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1840
Address Department of Classics
King's College London
E4, North Wing
London WC2R 2LS


I was educated in Italy, where I completed a first degree in Classics and a PhD in ancient history with a thesis on pastoralism in Roman Egypt. I first came to London early in 2008 to conduct postgraduate research, and after receiving my PhD (2010) I stayed on at KCL as a honorary research fellow, during which period I expanded my dissertation into a monograph (L’allevamento di pecore e capre nell’Egitto romano: aspetti economici e sociali, Bari, 2012) and collaborated with the Papyrological Institute at Florence for the edition of unedited Greek papyri. In 2011 I was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship with a project entitled ‘Village economy and society: early Roman Tebtunis’.

Research interests
  • Social, administrative and economic history of the Roman Empire 
  • Graeco-Roman Egypt 
  • Greek documentary papyrology
My research interests focus on the economy, society and administration of Graeco-Roman Egypt. I am particularly interested in the fundamental problem of how the system of taxation developed and changed from the first to the third century AD, and how the fiscal burden affected village society and its economic activities. My current project, entitled 'Village economy and society: early Roman Tebtunis', aims to construct the first detailed village study for the Roman Empire, for Tebtunis, in the Fayum. The main evidence is the archive of Kronion, who ran the local 'notarial office' of the village of Tebtunis. This remarkable sample of the economic activities in the village enables study of the socio-economic stratification of village society.
Selected Publications
  • L’allevamento di pecore e capre nell’Egitto romano: aspetti economici e sociali, Bari, 2012.
  • ʻThe meaning of εἴδη in tax documents in Roman Egyptʼ, Actes du 26e Congrès International de Papyrologie, Genève,16-21 août 2010 (2012), 425-28.
  • Sales in the grapheion archive of Kronion’, in E. Jakab (ed.), Legal Documents in Ancient Societies V (2014, forthcoming), 5,956 words.
For a complete list of publications please see my full research profile.

I usually teach a dedicated MA course on Roman Egypt. I have also taught history of the Roman empire, language acquisition courses (Greek) and a text-based course on Pliny the Younger. For the King's Summer School I offer a workshop in Greek papyrology.

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