David M. Ratzan

Head, ISAW Library

David Ratzan joined ISAW in 2014 as the Head of the ISAW Library. Before coming to ISAW he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Classics at Temple University and a lecturer in Contemporary Civilization in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University, where he also served as Curator of Papyri pro tempore in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. His publications include two edited volumes, Growing up Fatherless in Antiquity (with Sabine Huebner; Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Law and Transaction Costs in the Ancient Economy (with Dennis Kehoe and Uri Yiftach-Firanko; University of Michigan Press, 2015). David is also a member of the Ancient Ink Laboratory in the Center for Integrated Science and Engineering at Columbia University, a interdisciplinary working group investigating the chemical composition and history of ancient inks via Raman spectroscopy and participates in several archaeological excavations in Egypt. He returned to teaching in the 2016-2017 academic year. [Curriculum vitae]

Recent Publications:

  • 2019. Goler, S., Hagadorn, A., Ratzan, D. M., Bagnall, R. S., Cacciola, A., McInerney, J., and Yardley, J. T. "Using Raman Spectroscopy to Estimate the Dates of Carbon-based Inks from Ancient Egypt," Journal of Cultural Heritage. Accepted Dec. 3, 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2018.12.003.
  • 2018. "Chapter 9: Coins from the 2006-2008 Excavations," in N. Aravecchia, ed. Amheida IV: 'Ain el-Gedida: 2006-2008 Excavations of a Late Antique Site in Egypt's Western Desert. ISAW/NYU Press. 447-506. http://hdl.handle.net/2451/43659.
  • 2018. "Freakonomika: Oracle as Economic Indicator in Roman Egypt," in Luijendijk, A. and Klingshorn, W. eds. My Lots are in thy Hands: Sortilege and its Practitioners in Late Antiquity. Brill. Pp. 248-289. DOI: 10.1163/9789004385030_014.
  • 2018. Review of Venticinque, Ph. Honor among Thieves: Craftsmen, Merchants, and Associations in Roman and Late Roman Egypt. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Classical World 111.4 (2018): 590-92. doi:10.1353/clw.2018.0051.

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