David Ratzan

Core Lecturer in Classics

Columbia University

David Ratzan has degrees in Classics from Yale and Cambridge (Clare College), and completed his dissertation, “Contract Norms and Contract Enforcement in Graeco-Roman Egypt,” at Columbia in 2011 (supervised by Prof. Roger Bagnall), which he is now revising for publication (provisionally titled Contract in Roman Egypt). His publications include Growing up Fatherless in Antiquity (CUP 2009; co-edited with Sabine Hübner) and “A teacher’s dipinto from Trimithis (Dakhleh Oasis),” Journal of Roman Archaeology 21 (2008): 170-91 (with R. Cribiore and P. Davoli). He is currently editing in collaboration with Uri Yiftach-Firanko and Dennis Kehoe a volume under consideration by the University of Michigan Press about transaction costs in the ancient economy, to which he is contributing a chapter on the law and economics of contract in Roman Egypt. Other immediate projects include the publication of several papyri; two catalogs of Roman coins from the Dakhleh Oasis; three related articles on law, magic, and economics in the Roman world; and his M.Phil. thesis “In loco aegrotantium: Sin and Sickness in the Pachomian Koinonia.” He has taught in the Classics Departments at Columbia and Hofstra Universities, and has recently been appointed as a lecturer in Contemporary Civilization for the Columbia College Core Curriculum for 2011-2013. David also serves as the Curator of Papyri in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library in Butler Library, where he is overseeing the cataloging of Columbia University’s epigraphic squeeze collection in a new online catalog, available November 2012.