Christelle Fischer-BovetAssistant Professor of Classics
Phone: (213) 740-3683
Office: THH 256K
- B.A. Licence ès Lettres, History, Greek, French, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 10/2001
- M.A. Classics, Stanford, 1/2006
- Ph.D. Classics, Stanford, 2008
- Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation, UC Berkeley, 10/01/2008-08/15/2010
- Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies, External Research Associate, http://www.wihs.uwaterloo.ca/
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2011). Counting the Greeks in Egypt: immigration in the first century of Ptolemaic rule. Demography and the Graeco-Roman World: New Insight pp. 20. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2010). Ethnic identity and status: comparing Ptolemaic and Early Roman Egypt. Identity and Identification in Antiquity pp. 20. forthcoming: Cambridge Scholars Press.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2009). Un aspect des conséquences des réformes de l'armée lagide : Soldats, temples Egyptiens et inviolabilité (asylia). L'armée en Égypte aux époques saïte, ptolémaïque e pp. 26. Paris, EPHE, forthcoming.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2009). Letter Requesting Medical Tools (PStrasbCopte inv. 563). Greek Medical Papyri II pp. 157-165. Firenze: Istituto Papyrologica "G. Vitelli".
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2007). P. Tebt. VI 1169: Copy of a Judicial Proceeding (P.Tebt. UC 1589-91). The Tebtunis Papyri VI pp. 9. forthcoming.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2012). Ethnicity, Greco-Roman Egypt. (Bagnall, R. et al., Ed.). 1,000 words. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell: Encyclopedia of Ancient History.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2012). Katoikoi. (Bagnall, R. et al., Ed.). 1,000 words. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell: Encyclopedia of Ancient History.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2012). Revolts, Egyptian. (R. Bagnall et al., Ed.). 1,000 words. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell: Encyclopedia of Ancient History.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2012). Memnon, Colossi of. (Bagnall, R. et al., Ed.). 500 words. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell: Encyclopedia of Ancient History.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2011). Herwennefer and Ankhwennefer. (Gates, H. L., Akyeampong, E., Ed.). 1,000 words. Oxford University Press: The Dictionary of African Biography.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2003). Cadmos et les Labdacides (4.1-5.9). (Schubert, Paul, Ed.). pp. 133-143. Vevey. Editions de l'Aire.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2000). Translation of Papyri (no 21, 25, 58, 59, 68). (Schubert, Paul, Ed.). pp. 15. Vevey. Editions de l'Aire.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2011). Egyptian warriors: the machimoi of Herodotus and the Ptolemaic army. Classical Quarterly. pp. 30.
- Fischer-Bovet, C. (2006). Retour sur SB XX 14070 : les affaires de la famille d’un vétéran dans le nome arsinoïte. Zeitschrift fur Papyrologie und Epigraphik. Vol. 155, pp. 200-206.
- Ptolemaic and Early Roman Egypt. An introduction to papyrology, Classics, This course combines historical investigation with the acquisition of the necessary skills to use papyrological documentation and diverse tools developed by papyrologists for editing Greek papyri. We assess the relationships between political and economic history of Egypt after Alexander’s conquest on the one hand and social and cultural developments on the other hand. In other words, what impact did Alexander’s conquest and then Roman annexation have on the Egyptian state and its society? For doing so, the connecting threads of the course are state formation and the investigation of social and cultural developments, at times assessing how social theory and anthropology can shed a new the interactions between the different social and ethnic groups, their legal and fiscal statuses, marriage patterns, and the co-existence of Greek and Egyptian religions and cultures. Meetings alternate discussion of secondary literature and analysis/translation/deciphering of Greek papyri., Fall 2012
- CLAS 499 - From Alexander to Cleopatra: state and society in Ptolemaic Egypt (323-30 BCE), Classics, Alexander the Great’s conquest transformed the geo-politics of the eastern Mediterranean at the end of the fourth century BC. This new era is commonly called the Hellenistic period (323-30 BC). What impact did this conquest have on the Egyptian state and its society? The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the history and culture of what is called Ptolemaic Egypt after the name of Alexander’s general, Ptolemy, who secured Egypt for himself and his descendants (305-30 BC) until the death of Cleopatra VII and the annexation of Egypt by the Roman emperor-to-be, Augustus (30 BC). The course will explore the multi-faceted policies of the Ptolemies by approaching them as both successors of the Pharaohs and successors of Alexander, balancing continuities and changes. Using papyri and inscriptions in translation, we will investigate themes such as state formation and warfare, laws, religion, literacy, and the interactions between the different social and ethnic groups., Spring 2011
- HIST 101, The Ancient World, History, This course fulfills the General Education requirement in Category I, Western Cultures and Traditions, and introduces students to the history and culture of the ancient world from the beginning of humankind until the fragmentation of the Mediterranean world around 500 CE. It provides them with a global historical perspective and teaches students to think historically by connecting past and present and by asking questions of the past for a better understanding of the present. We alternate between a comparative world approach and more in-depth investigations of the political, socio-economic and cultural developments occurring in the Mediterranean basin. Our unifying analytical framework allows us to examine how human beings in different cultural areas responded differently to common problems and how this variety of responses shaped the society, economy, and polity over time., Fall 2010
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Christelle Fischer-Bovet specializes in the social and cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean from Alexander the Great to the Romans (4th c. BC-1st c. AD), with a special interest in Greco-Roman Egypt. Her current research combines documentary evidence (papyri, inscriptions) with social theory to investigate the role of ethnicity in the institutions of the new Hellenistic states. The project also aims at evaluating when ethnicity became the basis for collective action or when common socio-economic interests that cut ethnic boundaries were more important. She is preparing a book, Army and Society in Ptolemaic Egypt (330-30 BC) for Cambridge University Press’s new series called Armies of the Ancient World. Her work examines the army in Hellenistic Egypt as a vehicle for land distribution, a provider of group solidarity, and a place of interaction between Greek and Egyptian cultures.
Hellenistic History, Greek & Roman Egypt, Papyrology & Epigraphy, Ancient Historiography, State Formation, Ethnicity & Colonization
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- Department of Classics
- University of Southern California
- THH 256
- Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352
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