On leave 2014-15
302C Woodburn Hall
P.O. Box 6303
Morgantown, WV 26506-6303
- Ancient Rome
- Ancient Greece
- Roman law
- Legal and social history
- Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2008
- MA, University of Chicago, 2003
- BA, University of Maryland, College Park, 2001
Ari Bryen came to WVU after holding an ACLS New Faculty Fellowship in the Departments of Rhetoric and Classics at UC Berkeley, and a Visiting Research Scholarship at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. He earned a Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Chicago, where he wrote his dissertation on interpersonal violence in Roman-period Egypt. His interests in ancient legal documents have led him to ask about the role of law and courts in day-to-day life in Rome’s provinces, and in imperial encounters in general. Working with ancient documents has also given him an interest in historical methodology, that is, in the array of humanistic and social-scientific reading techniques for extracting new answers and questions from old, fragmentary, and occasionally intractable bits of ancient trash. This has involved looking at processes of drafting and archiving, interpreting visual and literary modes of presenting legal information, and of tracing how stories about laws, courts, and rulers come to be redacted and retold by non-elite actors.
- HIST 101: Western Civilization from Antiquity to 1600
- HIST 393I: Roman History
- HIST 393R: Roman Law
- HIST 484: Imperialism in the Ancient Mediterranean (capstone)
Violence in Roman Egypt: An Interpretation (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).
“Judging Empire: Courts and Culture in Rome’s Eastern Provinces,” Law and History Review 30 (2012).
“Tradition, Precedent and Power in Roman Egypt” in S. Procházka, S. Tost, and L. Reinfandt (eds.), Official Epistolography and the Language(s) of Power (forthcoming, 2012).
“Histories of Violence: Notes from the Roman Empire” in R. Campbell (ed.), Violence and Civilization: Interdisciplinary Sketches of a Deep History (Joukowsky Institute Press, forthcoming 2012)
“Gemellus’ Evil Eyes (P.Mich. VI 423-4)” (w/ A. Wypustek), Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 49 (2009): 535-55.
“Visibility and Violence in Petitions from Roman Egypt,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 48 (2008): 181-200.
“Dionysia’s Complaint: Emotion, Truth, and Language in the Courtroom” for C. Kotsifou (ed.), Emotional Display, Persuasion, and Rhetoric in the Papyri (in progress).
“Crimes Against the Person” for P. DuPlessis, K. Tuori, and C. Ando (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Roman Law (in progress).
“Harm and Redress” (lead author) for C. Humfress, D. Ibbetson, and P.Olivelle, The Cambridge Comparative History of Ancient Law (in progress).
Review of Aldo Schiavone, The Invention of Law in the West. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, June 2012.
Review of Detlef Liebs, Summoned to the Roman Courts: Famous Trials from Antiquity. Classical Review (in progress).