Staff Profile:Dr Rachel Mairs

Name:
Dr Rachel Mairs
Job Title:
Lecturer in Classics
Responsibilities:
  • Senior Tutor
  • Steering Committee of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism

Background:

Before coming to Reading, I worked at Brown University, the University of Oxford and New York University. My PhD was from the University of Cambridge.

Please visit my personal webpage

Areas of Interest:

I'm interested in the interaction between Greeks and 'non-Greeks' in the Hellenistic world, with a particular emphasis on Egypt and on Central Asia. My PhD was on ethnic identity in the 'Hellenistic Far East' (Bactria-Sogdiana, Arachosia and India). My publications on the region include The Archaeology of the Hellenistic Far East: A Survey (2011), and The Hellenistic Far East: Archaeology, Language and Identity in Greek Central Asia (2014). I also work on ancient multilingualism, especially Greek-Egyptian. I am a researcher on the AHRC-funded Corpus of Ptolemaic Inscriptions project at the University of Oxford, and am involved in a collaborative project on interpreters of foreign languages in the ancient world.

The modern Middle East interests me as much as the ancient Middle East. A chance find on eBay led me to publish the private papers of a nineteenth-century Palestinian tourist guide (The Dragoman Solomon Negima and his Clients, 2016). With a colleague, Maya Muratov, I published a book on the interpreters and guides used by early British and American travellers in the Middle East (Archaeologists, Tourists, Interpreters, 2015). I have a new project on Europeans studying Arabic in the nineteenth-century.

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Research Interests

Multilingualism, ethnicity, cultural interaction, papyrology, epigraphy, Hellenistic Egypt, Bactria and India, nineteenth-century Middle East.

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Contact Details

Email:
r.mairs@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 7943

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