David Ratzan, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), holds degrees in Classics from Yale and Cambridge Universities (Clare College), and a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Columbia University (2011). His research is in the social history of the ancient world, with a current emphasis on the economic and legal history of the Roman Empire. His publications include "A Draft of a Rider to a Cession Contract," in Ast, Cuvigny, Hickey, and Lougovaya, eds. Papyrological Texts in Honor or Roger S. Bagnall (American Studies in Papyrology 53); Growing up Fatherless in Antiquity (CUP 2009; co-edited with Sabine Huebner); and "A teacher's dipinto from Trimithis (Dakhleh Oasis)," Journal of Roman Archaeology 21 (2008): 170-91 (with R. Cribiore and P. Davoli). Dr. Ratzan has recently finished editing in collaboration with Uri Yiftach-Firanko (Hebrew University) and Dennis Kehoe (Tulane) a volume now under consideration by the University of Michigan Press about transaction costs in the ancient economy, to which he contributed a chapter on the law and economics of contract in Roman Egypt. Other immediate projects include a monograph, Contract in Roman Egypt; the publication of several papyri; three catalogs of Roman coins from the Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt; three related articles on law, magic, and economics in the Roman world; and the revision of his M.Phil. thesis "In loco aegrotantium: Sin and Sickness in the Pachomian Koinonia." Dr. Ratzan has taught in the Classics Departments at Columbia and Hofstra Universities, and served as the Curator of Papyri in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia from 2011-2013.
In 2009, Dr. Ratzan won the Core Currriculum Teaching Excellence Award from Columbia University.
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