Malcolm Choat

Malcolm is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Ancient History and secretary of the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre. His research focuses on the papyrological evidence for Christianity and monasticism in Egypt, and more broadly, on the interaction of Classical (Greek and Roman) and Egyptian cultures from Alexander the Great to the Arab conquest (332 BCE – 642 CE), particularly from a papyrological perspective. He has particular focus on the rise of monasticism, and on Coptic documentary papyri. His other projects include a study of communication networks in Upper Egyptian monastic communities in the 6th to 8th centuries CE, which comprises both a study of monastic epistolography, and the edition of Coptic documents from Western Thebes.

Jennifer Cromwell

Jennifer is a Macquarie University Research Fellow in the Department of Ancient History. Her main research project is an examination of the training and role of Coptic scribes in early Islamic Egypt. More broadly, she is interested in social and economic life in Egypt from the 6th to 9th centuries, from a papyrological perspective. Her other projects include a study of the unpublished textual material from Wadi Sarga in the British Museum and the edition of non-literary Coptic texts in several collections (including Copenhagen and Genova). Before joining Macquarie, she was the Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellow in Egyptology at University College, Oxford (2007-2010).

Rachel Yuen-Collingridge 

Rachel recently submitted a doctoral dissertation for examination in 2012 (Historical Lexicology and the Origins of Philosophy: Herodotus’ use of φιλοσοφέειν, σοφιστής, and cognates) at Macquarie University and is currently a research associate for the project. Her interests include the social history of the scholar (ancient and modern), ancient lexicology, textual transmission, canonicity, papyrology, scribal practice and the ways in which these things interact. Previously, she has worked as a research assistant on the project ‘Papyri from the Rise of Christianity in Egypt’.

Korshi Dosoo

Korshi is currently a PhD candidate at Macquarie University (with a thesis entitled “Rituals of Apparition in the Theban Magical Library”), and a research assistant for the project. He is particularly interested in the evolution of Egyptian religious practices from the Hellenistic through to the Coptic periods, as well as the broader social, linguistic, and intellectual history issues that inform and are informed by the study of religion.


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