Ian Moyer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Department of History
"A polis of priests: Ptolemaic priestly decrees and the politics of translation"
In his recent book, Egypt and the Limits of Hellenism (CUP 2011), Professor's Moyer explores the ancient history and modern historiography of cultural and intellectual encounters between ancient Greeks and Egyptians. This work ranges across the fields of history, classics, Egyptology, and the history of religions, and addresses questions of culture, identity, and agency in cross-cultural interactions. In his current work, he is reassessing relations between the Graeco-Macedonian state and the indigenous élite in Ptolemaic Egypt, and examining new political and cultural practices that were developed through transcultural interactions and negotiations.