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I am the Lecturer in Ancient History at the Centre for Ancient Cultures at Monash University. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 with a PhD in Classics (Ancient History). I completed an MA in Classics (Ancient History) from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in History from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University (Athens, OH).  My areas of interest are the Roman Empire and the Hellenistic world, and in particular Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. 

I am currently working on a project studying the fate of Egyptian religion under the Roman Empire. In particular, I am re-examining the supposed Roman persecution of Egyptian temples launched under Augustus, and the narrative constructed by modern scholars to interpret those confiscations. The Roman period was a time of massive cultural and religious change throughout Egypt, and the relationship between the state and the temples is key to understanding this time and the subsequent events. 

As a papyrologist, I am active in the editing and publication of ancient documentary papyri and ostraka (pottery sherds with writing on). I have published on aspects of Egypt from the Ptolemaic to Byzantine period, with an emphasis on religious, economic, and legal practice, especially in the countryside. 

I teach units on Greek and Roman history, language, and archaeology, as well as classical civilisation and ancient history more broadly, from first-year to honours. I teach at the Monash Clayton campus and (occasionally) through the Prato Centre in Italy. I serve on the councils of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies and the Classical Association of Victoria, and as the Deputy Head of Orion College (Monash). 

Supervision interests

Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, Documentary papyrology, Roman history, Greek history, Hellenistic history.

Monash teaching commitment

ATS 1247 Ancient Cultures 1 / Introducing Archaeology 1 (tutorials)
ATS 1248 Ancient Cultures 2 / Introducing Archaeology 2
ATS 2344 Archaeology in Italy (co-taught)
ATS 2349 Golden Age of Athens 
ATS 2748 Introductory Greek A / Introductory Ancient Greek
ATS 2750 Introductory Greek B / Intermediate Ancient Greek
ATS 3344 Archaeology in Italy (co-taught) 
ATS 3346 Imperial Rome
ATS 3350 From Alexander to Kleopatra
ATS 4345 Research Methods in Classical Antiquity

I also teach modules on Ancient History and the Roman world in in ATS 2110 Slavery: A History (in the History Department) and ATS 3338 Understanding Ancient Cultures. I am the coordinator for ATS 1267 and ATS1269.

External positions

Council Member, Australasian Society for Classical Studies

1 Feb 2018 → …

Board member, Classical Association of Victoria

21 Oct 2015 → …


  • Ancient history
  • Papyrology
  • Roman history
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Greek history
  • Archaeology
  • Greek and Latin literature

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Research Output 2010 2018

Antichresis and dioikesis: Negotiating public and private debt in the Egyptian Delta

Connor, A. J. & Coughlan, T. 2018 In : Zeitschrift Fur Papyrologie Und Epigraphik. 205, p. 217-227 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Review of P. Venticinque, Honor Among Thieves

Connor, A. J. 20 Aug 2017 In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review. August 2017

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewOtherpeer-review

Notes on Papyri

Connor, A. 2015 In : Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists. 52, p. 283 - 296 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOther

Royal temple land? Temple land management strategies in the Ptolemaic Fayum

Connor, A. 2015 In : Journal of Juristic Papyrology. 45, p. 25-39 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A cancellation of a contract of debt from Hermopolis

Connor, A. 2012 In : Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists. 49, p. 139 - 146 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review



Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Andrew James Connor (Recipient), 5 Dec 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2014 2018

"Being Greek in Roman Egypt"

Connor, A. J. (Contributor)
22 Mar 2018

Activity: Public lecture/debate/seminar

History Teachers Association of Victoria Annual Conference

Connor, A. J. (Contributor)
26 Jul 2018

Activity: Public outreach

Australasian Egyptology Conference 2018

Connor, A. J. (Speaker), Connor, A. J. (Session chair)
8 Sep 2018

Activity: Contribution to conference

Press / Media

Greece v's the UK: The Marbles Case

Andrew James Connor


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities