Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
106 Sills Hall
Ryan McConnell, Visiting Assitant Professor of Classics, holds a Ph.D in Classical Philology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the social and economic history of Greco-Roman Egypt as understood (mostly) through the papyri. More specifically, he is interested in how agricultural estates fit into the larger economies of Egypt and the later Roman Empire, and what the lives of those working on the estates looked like. He continues to be surprised at how interesting donkey-receipts and accounts of grain expenditure can be when you think about them the right way. His interests also extend to more traditional areas of classical philology such as epic and Hellenistic poetry, ancient philosophy, and the ancient novel. He will teach a variety of courses this year, including translation courses of Homer, Pliny the Younger, Apuleius, and a course on Greek Civilization.