Giovanni Ruffini      

Classical Studies / History

Canisius Hall 314

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT 06824


Teaching History


Greek Civilization (CL 115): Fairfield University, Each Fall since 2008.

Greece, Rome and Africa (HI 301): Fairfield University, Fall 2008, Fall 2010. 

Roman Civilization (CL 116): Fairfield University, Each Spring since 2009.

Classical Cultures: Brooklyn College, CUNY, Spring 2008, Summer 2008. 

The Roman World in Late Antiquity (HI 223): Columbia University, Spring 2007, Summer 2008; Fairfield University, Spring 2009.

The Roman Revolution (HI 222): Fairfield University, Fall 2009.

The Hellenistic World (HI 221): Fairfield University, Spring 2010. 



Columbia University, Ph.D. in Ancient History, 2005.


San Francisco State University, MA in European History before 1500, 1999.


University of Chicago, AB in European History, 1996.


Employment History


Fairfield University, Assistant Professor, History and Classical Studies, Starting Fall 2008.


Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Spring and Summer 2008.


New York University, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Associate Research Scholar, 2007-2008.


Columbia University, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, 2006-2007.





Social Networks in Byzantine Egypt.  Cambridge University Press, 2008.


Bagnall, Roger S. and Giovanni Ruffini.  Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume I: Texts from the 2004-2007 Seasons.  Forthcoming in the Dakhleh Oasis Papers series from Oxbow Books.


Harris, W.V. and Giovanni Ruffini, eds. Ancient Alexandria between Egypt and Greece.   Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition 26.  Leiden: Brill, 2004.


Book Reviews


Peter Sarris, Economy and Society in the Age of Justinian (Cambridge).  Forthcoming in Topoi.


Katja Mueller, Settlements of the Ptolemies: City Foundations and New Settlement in the Hellenistic World (Leuven).  Forthcoming in Topoi.


Laurens E. Tacoma, Fragile Hierarchies: The Urban Elites of Third-Century Roman Egypt (Brill).  Online at Sehepunkte (January 15, 2007):


Edward Watts, City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria.  Online at Sehepunkte (September 15, 2006):




“Factions and Social Distance in Sixth-Century Aphrodito,” forthcoming in Les actes du colloque Dioscore (Études d’archéologie et d’histoire ancienne).


Contributions to The Tebtunis Papyri VI (forthcoming), “Field by Field Land Surveys from Ptolemaic Kerkeosiris,” including editions of P.Tebt. VI.1170-1174.


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.


“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.


“Genealogy and the Gymnasium.”  Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 43 (2006): 71-100.


“The Commonality of Rare Names in Byzantine Egypt.”  Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 158 (2006): 213-225.


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.


“Late Antique Pagan Networks from Athens to the Thebaid,” in Ancient Alexandria (listed under Books above), pp. 241-257.


Conference Papers


“Nubian Names: A Study of Name Frequency and Cultural Colonialism” at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Chicago in January 2008.


“Risk and Administrative Pressure in the Archive of Dorotheos and Papnouthis” at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association in Montreal in January 2006.


“Factions and Social Distance in Sixth-Century Aphrodito” at the Université Marc Bloch (Strasbourg) “Colloque international: Les Archives de Dioscore d’Aphrodité” in December 2005.


“Genealogy and the Gymnasium” at the University of California (Berkeley) Inaugural Sather Conference, November 2005.


Columbia University’s Excavations at Amheida, 2004” at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C., invited paper, December 2004.


 “Late Antique Philosophical Networks from Athens to the Thebaid” at the Alexandria: Between Egypt and Greece conference at Columbia University’s Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, October 2002.


Egypt’s Southern Frontier after the Diocletianic Retreat” at the Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity IV conference, March 2001.


“The Exotic Animal as a Catalyst for Ptolemaic Exploration” at the UNC/Duke Classics Graduate Colloquium, March 2000.


“Remembering Ethiopia: the Christianization of a Late Antique Ethnic Concept” at the Columbia University Graduate Conference in the Classics, October 1998, and at the San Francisco State University Forum on the Classical World, October 1998.


“The Legislation of the Emperor Honorius” at the San Francisco State University Forum on the Classical World, October 1997.