Joseph Manning Appointed the Simpson Professor

Joseph G. Manning, the newly named William K. and Marilyn Milton Simpson Professor of Classics and History, specializes in Hellenistic history with a particular focus on the legal and economic history of Ptolemaic Egypt.

His multidisciplinary study of Egyptian history focuses on the topics of governance, reforms of the state, legal institutions, the formation of markets, and the impact of new economic institutions — such as coinage and banking — on traditional socio-economic patterns in the ancient world. He is also concerned with Papyrology, the interpretation of ancient sources, and in bringing to bear the historical social sciences, particularly economic sociology and economic and legal theory, to ancient history.

Manning has published three monographs: “The Hauswaldt Payri: A Family Archive from Edfu in the Ptolemaic Period,” “Land and Power in Ptolemaic Egypt: The Structure of Land Tenure 332-30 B.C.E.” and, most recently, “The Last Pharaohs: Egypt Under the Ptolemies, 305-30 B.C.” He also co-edited a volume on economic history, “The Ancient Economy: Evidence and Models.” A second edited volume, “Law and Society in Egypt from Alexander to the Arab Conquest (330 B.C.-640 A.D.)” is forthcoming.

Manning’s current projects include the writing of the history of the Hellenistic world for the new University of Edinburgh Greek history series and an archaeological survey in Upper Egypt.

A graduate of Ohio State University, Manning earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Chicago and at Princeton University before moving to Stanford University in 1996. During his 12 years at Stanford, he served as director of undergraduate and graduate studies in the Department of Classics, and he raised $140,000 for the Green Library’s purchase of Egyptologist Wolja Erichsen’s private Egyptological library. In 1999, he received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Manning joined the Yale faculty in 2008. He holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Classics and History, and he is also a senior research scholar at the Law School. He is the director of graduate studies in the classics department.

Manning has been a visiting professor or fellow at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Kelo University in Tokyo and Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, and has held named lectureships at several American universities.

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