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Dr. Giovanni R. Ruffini

Professor of Classical Studies
o: Canisius Hall Rm 314
p: x2017
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  • Harris, W.V. and Giovanni Ruffini, eds. Ancient Alexandria between Egypt and Greece. Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition 26. Leiden: Brill, 2004.
  • Social Networks in Byzantine Egypt. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Bagnall, Roger S. and Giovanni R. Ruffini, "Civic Life in Fourth-Century Trimithis: Two Ostraka From the 2004 Excavations." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 149 (2004): 143-152.
  • "The Commonality of Rare Names in Byzantine Egypt." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 158 (2006): 213-225.
  • "Genealogy and the Gymnasium." Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 43 (2006): 71-100.
  • "New Approaches to Oxyrhynchite Topography," in Proceedings of the 24th International Congress of Papyrology: Helsinki, 1-7 August, 2004, Frösén Jaakko, Purola Tiina & Salmenkivi Erja (eds.). Helsinki: Commentationes Humanarum Litterarum 122, 2007: 973-988.
  • Shawn Graham and Giovanni Ruffini, "Network Analysis and Greco-Roman Prosopography," in Prosopography Approaches and Applications: A Handbook, K.S.B. Keats-Rohan (ed.). Oxford: Unit for Prosopographical Research, Linacre College, 2007: 325-336.
  • "Aphrodito Before Dioskoros." Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 45 (2008): 225-240.
  • "Factions and Social Distance in Sixth-Century Aphrodito," in Les Archives de Dioscore d'Aphrodité Cent Ans Après Leur Découverte (Études d'archéologie et d'histoire ancienne, Paris 2008): 157-170.
  • "Psalms 149-150: A Bilingual Greek and Old Nubian Version from Qasr Ibrim." ZPE 168 (2009): 112-123.
  •  “Nubian Ostraka from the West Bank Survey.”  ZPE 175 (2010): 231-238.
  • “Village Life and Family Power in Late Antique Nessana.”  Transactions of the American Philological Association 141 (2011): 201-225.
  •  Adam Łajtar and Giovanni Ruffini, “Qasr Ibrim’s Last Land Sale.”  In Adam Łajtar and Jacques van der Vliet, eds., Nubian Voices: Studies in Christian Nubian CultureJournal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement 15 (Warsaw, 2011).
  • Bagnall, Roger S. and Giovanni Ruffini.  Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume I: Texts from the 2004-2007 Seasons.  Volume 1 in the Amheida series from New York University Press and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2012.
  • A Prosopography of Byzantine Aphrodito.  Volume 50 in the American Society of Papyrology Monograph Series, 2011.
  • Medieval Nubia: A Social and Economic History.  Oxford University Press, 2012.
  •  “The Meinarti Phylactery Factory: Medieval Nubian Ostraka from the Island of Michael.”  The Journal of Juristic Papyrology 42 (2012): 273-300.
  • Joseph Manning and Giovanni Ruffini, “Nubia.”  In The encyclopedia of ancient history.  Edited by Roger S. Bagnall et al.  Indianapolis: Wiley-Blackwell (2013): 4821-4824.
  •  “Newer Light on the Kingdom of Dotawo.”  In J. van der Vliet and J.L Hagen, eds., Qasr Ibrim, between Egypt and Africa: Studies in Cultural Exchange (Leuven, 2013): 179-191.
  • “Idiom and Social Practice in Medieval Nubia.”  Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies 1 (2014): 221-230.
  •  “May God Increase Your Years: Unpublished Old Nubian Correspondence from Qasr Ibrim.”  In J.R. Anderson and D.A. Welsby, eds., The Fourth Cataract and Beyond: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference for Nubian Studies (Leuven, 2014): 961-970.
  •  The Bishop, The Eparch and The King: Old Nubian Texts from Qasr Ibrim IV.  Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement Series, Warsaw, 2014.
  • “Transport and Trade in Trimithis: The Texts from Area 1.” In Anna Boozer, Amheida II: A Late Romano-Egyptian House in the Dakhla Oasis (New York, 2015): 353-367.
  • “Late Roman Thebes: Taxes, Tourists, Temples, and Tombs.” In Michael Jones and Susanna McFadden, eds., Art of Empire: The Roman Frescoes and Imperial Cult Chamber in Luxor Temple (New Haven, 2015): 13-23.
  • “Qasr Ibrim’s Old Nubian burial-shroud (QI inv. 78.1.24/53 = NI 46).” In Adam Łajtar et al., eds., Nubian Voices II: New Texts and Studies on Christian Nubian Culture. Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement 27 (2016): 53-72.
  • Elisabeth O’Connell and Giovanni Ruffini.  “The Social Networks of Late Antique Western Thebes.” In Håkon Fiane Teigen and Eivind Heldaas Seland, eds, Sinews of Empire: Networks in the Roman Near East and Beyond (Oxford, 2017): 167-184.
  • “Late Antiquity.”  In Wolfram Grajetzki and Willeke Wendrich (eds.), UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, Los Angeles (2018).

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