Arietta Papaconstantinou

Position:

Academic Visitor

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Corpus Christi College

Email:

arietta.papaconstantinou@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:

The social end economic history of Egypt and the Near East during the transition from the Roman empire to the Caliphate; forms of language use in multicultural contexts; the interface between texts, archaeology and material culture; late antique epigraphy and papyrology.

Current Projects:

  • Completing a social history of the Coptic language against the background of successive empires
  • A collaborative project on Multilingualism in the Eastern Empires from Alexander to the Mongols, in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.
  • History of Near Eastern elites during the transition from Rome to the Caliphate.
  • Collaboration in a collective sourcebook on public baths in the Near East from antiquity to the present.
  • Publication of the 2009-10 Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Conversion in Late antique Christianity and Islam (http://www.ocla.ox.ac.uk/conversion/index.html)

Recent Publications:

Books

  • Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides. L’apport des sources papyrologiques et épigraphiques grecques et coptes, Le monde byzantin (Paris 2001)
  • The material and the ideal. Essays in medieval art and archaeology in honour of Jean-Michel Spieser, co-ed. with Anthony Cutler, The Medieval Mediterranean 70 (Leiden 2007).
  • Becoming Byzantine: children and childhood in Byzantium, co-ed. with Alice-Mary Talbot, Dumbarton Oaks Symposia and Colloquia (Washington 2009).
  • ‘Writing true stories’: historians and hagiographers in the late antique and medieval Near East, co-editor with Muriel Debié and Hugh Kennedy, Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages 9 (Turnhout: Brepols 2010).
  • The multilingual experience in Egypt from the Ptolemies to the ‘Abbāsids, ed. (Farnham 2010).
  • Le Proche-Orient de Justinien aux Abbassides: peuplement et dynamiques spatiales, co-ed. with Antoine Borrut, Muriel Debié, Dominique Pieri and Jean-Pierre Sodini, Bibliothèque d’Antiquité Tardive 19 (Turnhout: Brepols 2011).

Articles and chapters in books

  • ‘La manne de saint Jean. À propos d’un ensemble de cuillers inscrites’, Revue des études byzantines 59 (2001) 239-46.
  • ‘Notes sur les actes de donation d’enfant au monastère thébain de Saint-Phoibammon’, Journal of Juristic Papyrology 32 (2002) 83-105.
  • ‘ “Je suis noire, mais belle”: le double langage de la Vie de Théodora d’Alexandrie, alias abba Théodore’, Lalies 24 (2004) 63-87.
  • (with Georges Nachtergael) ‘Une lampe d’Égypte au nom de sainte Théopistè’, Ricerche di egittologia e di antichità copte 6 (2004) 87-9.
  • 'La prière d'Anne dans la version sahidique du Premier Livre des Règnes: quelques témoins méconnus', Adamantius 11 (2005) 227-31.
  • 'La Prosopographie chrétienne du Bas-Empire: le cas du volume égyptien', in Prosopographie et histoire religieuse dans les mondes antiques, ed. Marie-Françoise Baslez and Françoise Prévot (Paris 2005) 315-28.
  • 'La reconstruction de Saint-Philoxène à Oxyrhynchos: l'inventaire dressé par Philéas le tailleur de pierres', Mélanges Jean-Pierre Sodini, Travaux et Mémoires 15 (Paris 2005) 183-92.
  • 'Confrontation, interaction, and the formation of the early Islamic oikoumene. Review article', Revue des études byzantines 63 (2005) 166-81.
  • 'Au-delà de l'hagiographie: réflexions sur les sources de l'histoire du culte des saints à Byzance', in Mélanges Pierre Maraval, ed. Béatrice Caseau, Jean-Claude Cheynet and Vincent Déroche (Paris 2006) 329-40.
  • 'Historiography, hagiography, and the making of the Coptic "Church of the Martyrs" in early Islamic Egypt', Dumbarton Oaks Papers 60 (2006) 65-86.
  • 'Aux marges de l'empire ou au centre du monde? De l'égypte des Byzantins à celle des historiens', in Journal of Juristic Papyrology 35 (2005) 195-236.
  • 'The cult of saints: a haven of continuity in a changing world?' in Egypt in the Byzantine World, 300-700, ed. Roger Bagnall (Cambridge 2007) 350-67.
  • with Sophie Métivier, 'Institutions et associations charitables', in économie et société à Byzance (VIIIe-XIIe siècle). Textes et documents, ed. Sophie Métivier (Paris 2007) 167-76.
  • 'L'enfance', in économie et société à Byzance (VIIIe-XIIe siècle). Textes et documents, ed. Sophie Métivier (Paris 2007) 203-12.
  • with Sophie Métivier, 'Maîtres et écoles', in économie et société à Byzance (VIIIe-XIIe siècle). Textes et documents, ed. Sophie Métivier (Paris 2007) 213-20.
  • 'Divine or human? Some remarks on the design and layout of late antique basilicas', in The material and the ideal. Essays in medieval art and archaeology in honour of Jean-Michel Spieser, ed. Anthony Cutler and Arietta Papaconstantinou, The Medieval Mediterranean 70 (Leiden 2007) 31-46.
  • ‘“They shall speak the Arabic language and take pride in it”: reconsidering the fate of Coptic after the Arab conquest’, Le Muséon 120 (2007) 273-99.
  • ‘Child or monk? An unedited story attributed to John Moschos in Paris Coislin 257’, Late antique Egypt. Texts and studies in honour of James Keenan = Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 45 (2008) 169-81.
  • ‘Dioscore et le bilinguisme dans l’Égypte du VIe siècle’, Les archives de Dioscore d’Aphroditè cent ans après leur découverte. Histoire et culture dans l’Égypte byzantine, ed. Jean-Luc Fournet, Études d’archéologie et d’histoire ancienne (Paris 2008) 77-88.
  • Homo byzantinus in the making: introduction’, in Becoming Byzantine: children and childhood in Byzantium, ed. Alice-Mary Talbot and Arietta Papaconstantinou (Washington 2009) 1-14.
  • ‘ “What remains behind”: hellenism and romanitas in Christian Egypt after the Arab conquest’, in From Hellenism to Islam: cultural and linguistic change in the Roman Near East, ed. Hannah Cotton, Robert Hoyland, Johnathan Price and David Wasserstein (Cambridge 2009) 444-63.
  • ‘Between umma and dhimma. The Christians of the Middle East under the Umayyads’, Annales islamologiques 42 (2008).
  • ‘Administering the early Islamic empire: insights from the papyri’, in Money, exchange and the economy in the first Islamic century, ed. John Haldon (Aldershot 2009).
  • ‘Introduction’, in The multilingual experience in Egypt from the Ptolemies to the ‘Abbāsids, ed. Arietta Papaconstantinou (Farnham 2010) 1-16.
  • Sarah J. Clackson†, ‘Coptic or Greek? Bilingualism in the papyri’, in The multilingual experience in Egypt from the Ptolemies to the ‘Abbāsids, ed. Arietta Papaconstantinou (Farnham 2010) 73-104: edition and complete annotation of the oral versions of two lectures with handouts.
  • ‘A preliminary prosopography of moneylenders in early Islamic Egypt and South Palestine’, in Mélanges Cécile Morrisson (Paris 2011) 631-48.