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Arthur Verhoogt

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Prof.dr. A.M.F.W. Verhoogt
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Prof. dr. Arthur Verhoogt is Professor of Papyrology and Greek at the University of Michigan and Affiliate Researcher at the Leiden Papyrological Institute. During the year 2014/2015 he resides at the NIAS in Wassenaar. 


Current Projects


  • Village elites between Ptolemaic and Roman Rule (ACLS Fellowship 2008). 

    This project, based on detailed analysis of papyrus documents, describes the various strategies that local elites used to hold on to power in the changing social circumstances of the transition from Ptolemaic to Roman rule in Egypt. It shows how the two parts that made up the village elites in the Ptolemaic period (one "Egyptian," the other "Greek") responded in various ways to the new, legally defined, and precisely termed way in which the Romans measured class and status, which was completely different from how these had been measured under Ptolemaic rule. 

  • The House of Claudius Tiberianus: Text and Context 

    This project consists of a detailed material analysis of House B/C 167 in Roman Karanis. This house was the findspot for the famous letters from Terentianus to his father Tiberianus ( P.Mich. 8 467-481). Analysis of the excavation records has shown that there were sixteen texts more found in the same locus (a cubby hole under the stairs). These texts will be published, and put in their archaeological and historical context. 

    R.P. Stephan - A. Verhoogt, 'Text and Context in the Archive of Tiberianus (Karanis, Egypt; 2nd century AD),'  BASP 42 (2005), 189-201. Full text here

  • Dictating Letters in Greek and Roman Egypt from a comparative perspective 

    This project analyzes the social practice of dictating letters in ancient Egypt by comparing it with the process of dictating letters in Mali, West Africa.





1990: M.A., Classical Studies, University of Leiden, Netherlands
1997:  Ph.D., Papyrology, University of Leiden, Netherlands 


Reader in Greek Papyrology, University of Leiden


Assistant Professor of Papyrology and Greek, Department of Classical

Studies, University of Michigan


Associate Professor of Papyrology and Greek, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan


Professor of Papyrology and Greek, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan  


Recent publications


Books and text editions:

A Transportation Archive from Fourth-Century Oxyrhynchus (P.Mich. XX). (American Studies in Papyrology 49, 2011). [Assistant Editor; joint publication with P.J. Sijpesteijn (†), K.A. Worp, and Traianos Gagos (†)]. 

Edited volumes:

(Additional Editor)  Proceedings of the 25th International Congress of Papyrology (2010). [Edited by Traianos Gagos]. (link

Catalog and catalog entry

- Sacr ed Hands: an exhibit catalog of manuscripts with texts of the three Abrahamic faiths. (Special Collections Library, University of Michigan 2012) [joint publication with Pablo Alvarez and Evyn Kropf]

- 'Brief des Paulus an die Römer,’ in: C. Stiegemann a.o. (eds),  Credo: Christianisierung Europas im Mittelalter. Band II: Katalog (2013), p. 10. 


- Entry for ‘Papyrology in the Greco-Roman World’ in:  Springer Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (forthcoming, 2013).

- 'Dictating Letters in Greek and Roman Egypt: Author, Scribe and Audience' (in progress).

- 'A Reconstructed Land Survey from Kerkeosiris,' in:  Papyrological Texts in Honor of Roger S. Bagnall. Edited by Rodney Ast a.o. (2012). Pp. 243-265. [joint publication with Dominic Rathbone and Dorothy Thompson]. 


- Mario Capasso (ed.), Hermae: Scholars and Scholarship in Papyrology, II (2010):  Bryn Mawr Classical Review (link).

- Ch. Armoni, Studien zur Verwaltung des ptolemäischen Ägypten: Das Amt des Basilikos Grammateus:  Chronique d’Égypte (forthcoming).

- A. Monson, From the Ptolemies to the Romans:  BASP 51 (2014, forthcoming). 

Exhibits Designed:

- 'From Trace to Text: Highlights from the U-M Papyrus Collection,' Audubon Room, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, September 22 – December 22, 2010. 
- [with Pablo Alvarez and Evyn Kropf] 'Sacred Hands: an exhibit of manuscripts with texts of the three Abrahamic faiths from the Special Collections and Papyrology Libraries,' Audubon Room, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, January 13-March 4, 2012. 

Papers Given: (selection)

- ‘Sacred Hands,’ Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Ann Arbor, January 2012. [With Pablo Alvarez and Evyn Kropf].

- 'Francis Kelsey: Honorary Papyrologist,' Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Ann Arbor, July 2012.

- 'Collecting Texts: The University of Michigan Papyrology Collection (1920-?),' University of Chicago, July 2012.

- 'Early Christian Texts from the University of Michigan Papyrology Collection,' Ann Arbor, April 2013.

- 'Karanis Granary C123: Current Research and Future Perspectives,' Warsaw, August 2013.


Full curriculum vitae and bibliography

Affiliated researcher

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SMES Papyrologisch Instituut


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