William and Mary

Ryan McConnell

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office : Morton Hall 327
Phone : (757) 221-2154
e-mail : [[remcconnell]]


Professor McConnell works on the social and economic history of the ancient world with a focus on Greco-Roman Egypt and the late antique East. His latest research looks at how the Apions, owners of an estate in late antique Egypt, rose from local prominence in the relative backwater of Oxyrhynchus to the highest levels of political influence and wealth in Constantinople. The approach relies on a quantitative analysis of the many papyri from the estate, and draws comparisons to methods of moneymaking found in literary and documentary sources from 5th and 4th century Athens, Ptolemaic Egypt, Rome, and places beyond the classical world. His PhD is in Classical Philology from the University of Illinois and he defended in 2013.