Joshua D. Sosin

Associate Professor of Classical Studies

External address: 
229A Allen Bldg, Dept. of Classical Studies, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90103, 233 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708-0103
Phone: 
(919) 681-2992
Office Hours: 

M 0800-1000 (229A Allen Bldg), by appointment, and any time you can find me on campus (M-F 0600-1600), 229A Allen or DC3 2nd floor Bostock.

One of the things that I like best about Classics is the wide range of intellectual opportunities it offers. As an undergraduate I was interested in early Christianity and Latin love elegy, which are about as far from my current work as you can get! But our discipline is built for roaming and many of its earliest greats would not fit neatly into the boxes that we use today.

My current scholarship bulks in two main areas. The first is what you might call Digital Classics. Under a joint appointment in the Duke University Libraries, I direct the Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing (DC3). We specialize in the creation of tools and services that serve critical infrastructure needs for Classics and beyond. We maintain papyri.info. We are working on a variety of projects to do with crowd-curation of papyrological and epigraphic texts (text, translation, metadata, commentary, bibliography, and images), geo-spatial data, prosopographical information, medieval manuscript witnesses and apparatus criticus data, image recognition and text-image alignment, and more. 

The other, more 'traditional' half of my scholarship lies at what I like to call the intersection of law, economics, and religion. Under that broad rubric I have written on currency standards and exchange, ancient charitable foundations, funding of eponymous festivals, grain supply, land leasing, taxation and tax shelter, diplomacy, and other subjects. I have long tended to pursue these subjects with a special focus on their representation in documentary sources (inscriptions, papyri, and coins). But lately, I've grown increasingly interested in Athenian law and so not only in the orators but also in the lexicographic, encyclopedic, and scholiastic traditions that preserve such a wealth of information on the subject (see Harpokration On Line). I have been especially drawn to what the law has to say about personal status (citizens, slaves, freedmen, metics, aliens).

When I am not on the clock I am often on my bike (er, bikes), on pavement, on dirt, around town, in the middle of nowhere, for a few minutes, for a few days (punk still in the earbuds; see first 6 seconds). Maybe it's that same freedom to roam that draws me.

Education & Training:

  • Ph.D., Duke University 2000

  • B.A., University of Mary Washington 1994

Sosin, JD. "Ausonian Allusions to Juvenal’s Satires." Wiener Studien 114 (1999): 91-112. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Sosin, JD. "Tyrian Stationarii at Puteoli." Tyche: Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte, Papyrologie und Epigraphik 14 (1999): 275-285. (Academic Article)

Sosin, JD. "Lucretius, Seneca and Persius 1.1-2." Transactions of the American Philological Association 129 (1999): 281-299. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Sosin, JD, Oates, J, Weinberg, R, and Johnson, P. "Reading Invisible Ink: Digital Imaging of P.Duk.inv. 716." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 127 (1999): 127-130. (Academic Article)

Sosin, JD. "Abduction at the Threshing Floor: P.Duk.inv. 714-716." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 127 (1999): 131-140. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Sosin, JD. "A Word for Woman?"." Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 38 (1997): 75-83. (Academic Article)

Sosin, JD, and Oates, JF. "P.Duk.inv. 314: Agathis, Strategos and Hipparches of the Arsinoite Nome." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 118 (1997): 251-258. (Academic Article)

Sosin, JD. "P.Duk.inv. 677: Aetos, from Arsinoite Strategos to Eponymous Priest." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 116 (1997): 141-146. (Academic Article)

Sosin, JD, and van Minnen, P. "Imperial Pork: Preparations for a Visit by Severus Alexander and Julia Mamaea to Egypt." Ancient Society 27 (1996): 171-181. (Academic Article)

Sosin, JD. "Endowed Eponymous Festivals on Delos." Kernos: revue internationale et pluridisciplinaire de religion grecque antique 2014. Open Access Copy

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