Department of Ancient History

Dr Malcolm Choat

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BA (Hons) Qld, PhD Macquarie.

Contact Details:

Telephone: +61 2 9850 7561
Fax: +61 2 9850 8240
Office: W6A 504
Email: malcolm.choat@mq.edu.au
 

Profile

Dr Malcolm Choat is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ancient History and Director of the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre. He studied Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland (1989-1993), before undertaking a PhD at Macquarie (1994-2000). Subsequently, he taught and researched in the School of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney (2000-2002), before holding a Macquarie University Research Fellowship (2003-2006).

His fields of research are Coptic and Greek papyrology, and Christianity and monasticism in Late Antique Egypt. Among his current research projects are:

  • Knowledge transfer and administrative professionalism in a pre-typographic society: observing the scribe at work in Roman and early Islamic Egypt: ARC-funded collaborative project (with Heike Behlmer, Jennifer Cromwell, Rachel Yuen-Collingridge, Korshi Dosoo, and Matt Underwood), analyzing scribal practice in duplicate papyrus documents from Roman and Late Roman Egypt.
  • Communication networks in Upper Egyptian monastic communities in the 6th to 8th centuries CE: ARC-funded collaborative project with Heike Behlmer (University of Göttingen), analysing monasticism in the Theban region, including the publication of Coptic texts from Macquarie excavations on Dra' Abu el-Naga.
  • The Archive of Apa Johannes: A re-edition one of the most extensive bilingual (Greek and Coptic) monastic archives on papyrus in from fourth century CE Egypt.
  • Papyri from the Rise of Christianity in Egypt: a project to analyse the papyrus texts documenting Christianity in Egypt before the victory of Constantine (324), a collaborative project within the Ancient Cultures Research Centre, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Awards and Grants

  • 2010-2012 ARC Discovery Project Grant: 'Knowledge transfer and administrative professionalism in a pre-typographic society: observing the scribe at work in Roman and early Islamic Egypt'.
  • 2008-2010 ARC Discovery Project Grant: 'Communication networks in Upper Egyptian monastic communities in the 6th to 8th centuries CE'.
  • 2006-2008 ARC Discovery Project Grant: 'Religious authority and linguistic change in late antique Egypt: non-elite perspectives on the rise of monasticism in contemporary documents'.
  • 2003-2006 Macquarie University Research Fellowship.
  • 2001 Australian Academy for the Humanities Travelling Fellowship.

Publications

Books

  • Belief and Cult in fourth-century Papyri (Brepols, Turnhout: 2006).
  • (with I. Gardner), A Handbook of Ritual Power in the Macquarie Collection (P.Macq. I 1) (Brepols: Turnhout, in press; forthcoming 2014).

Book Chapters

  • 'The Life of Antony in Egypt', in B. Leylerle and R. Young (eds) Ascetic Culture: Essays in Honor of Philip Rousseau (University of Notre Dame Press: Notre Dame, 2013), 50-74.
  • 'Monastic letter collections in Late Antique Egypt: Structure, Purpose, and Transmission', in S. Torallas Tovar and Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala (edd.) Cultures in Contact : Transfer of Knowledge in the Mediterranean Context. Selected Papers (Cordoba : CNERU (Cordoba Near Eastern Research Unit) - Beirut : CEDRAC (Centre de Documentation et de Recherches Arabes Chrétiennes) - Oriens Academic, 2013), 73-90.
  • 'Christianity', in C. Riggs (ed.), The Oxford Handbook to Roman Egypt (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 474-489.
  • 'Coptic', in C. Riggs (ed.), The Oxford Handbook to Roman Egypt (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 580-593.
  • 'Letter to a Mother-in-Law', in M. Hasitzka (ed.), Koptische dokumentarische und literarische Texte "First International Summer School in Coptic Papyrology 2006" in der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (De Gruyter: Berlin & New York, 2011), 35-38.
  •  'Athanasius, Pachomius, and the "Letter on Charity and Temperance"', in A. Woods, A. McFarlane, S. Binder (eds.), Egyptian Culture and Society: Studies in Honour of Naguib Kanawati Vol. I (Conseil Suprême des Antiquités égyptiennes: Cairo, 2010), 97-104.
  • (with R. Yuen-Collingridge), 'The Egyptian Hermas: The Shepherd in Egypt before Constantine', in T. Kraus and T. Nicklas (eds.), Early Christian Manuscripts. Examples of Applied Method and Approach  (Brill: Leiden, 2010), 191-212.
  •  'Early Coptic Epistolography', in A. Papaconstantinou (ed.) The Multilingual Experience in Egypt from the Ptolemies to the Abassids. (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), 153-178.
  •  'Property ownership and Tax Payment in Fourth-Century Monasticism', in A. Boudhors, J. Clackson and P. Sijpesteijn (eds.), Monastic Estates in Late Antique and Early Islamic Egypt: Ostraca, Papyri and Studies in Honour of Sarah Clackson (Oxbow: Oxford, 2009), 129-140.
  •  'Language and Culture in Late Antique Egypt', in P. Rousseau (ed.), Blackwell's Companion to Late Antiquity (Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester, 2009), 342-356.
  • (with I. Gardner and K.A. Worp), 'Greek Manichaean Texts', in I. Gardner (ed.), Kellis Literary Texts II, (Oxbow: Oxford, 2007), 94-128.
  • 'Echo and Quotation of the New Testament in Papyrus Letters to the End of the Fourth Century', New Testament Manuscripts: Their Texts and their World, ed. T. Kraus and T. Nicklas (Brill: Leiden, 2006), 267-292. (by invitation)
  • 'The Unidentified Text in the Freer Minor Prophets Codex', The Freer Biblical Manuscripts: Fresh Studies of the Greek Biblical Manuscripts Housed in the Freer Gallery, ed. L. Hurtado (Atlanta, Society for Biblical Literature Publications, 2006) 87-121 (by invitation)
  • 'Language and Culture in Late Antique Egypt', Blackwell's Companion to Late Antiquity, ed. P. Rousseau (Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester, 2009), 342-356. (by invitation)
  • (with I. Gardner and K.A. Worp), 'Greek Manichaean Texts', Kellis Literary Texts II, ed. I. Gardner (Oxbow: Oxford, 2007), 94-128.
  • 'Early Coptic Epistolography', in A. Papaconstantinou (ed.) The Multilingual Experience in Egypt from the Ptolemies to the Abassids. (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), 153-178. (by invitation)
  • 'Property ownership and Tax Payment in Fourth-Century Monasticism', Monastic Estates in Late Antique and Early Islamic Egypt: Ostraca, Papyri and Studies in Honour of Sarah Clackson, ed. A. Boudhors, J. Clackson, Catherine Louis and P. Sijpesteijn (Oxbow: Oxford, 2009), 129-140 (by invitation).
  • (with R. Yuen-Collingridge), 'The Egyptian Hermas: The Shepherd in Egypt before Constantine', Early Christian Manuscripts. Examples of Applied Method and Approach, ed. T. Kraus and T. Nicklas (Brill: Leiden, 2010), 191-212.
  • 'Athanasius, Pachomius, and the "Letter on Charity and Temperance"', Egyptian Culture and Society: Studies in Honour of Naguib Kanawati, ed., A. Woods, A. McFarlane, S. Binder, Vol. I (Conseil Suprême des Antiquités égyptiennes: Cairo, 2010), 97-104.
  • M. Choat, 'Letter to a Mother-in-Law', in M. Hasitzka (ed.), Koptische dokumentarische und literarische Texte "First International Summer School in Coptic Papyrology 2006" in der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek(De Gruyter: Berlin & New York, 2011), 35-38.

Articles

  • 'Was Coptic a part of Papyrology? Crum, Bell, and 'Worrell's complaint' in 1936', Chronique d'Égypte 88 (2013), 161-181.
  • 'The Epistolary Culture of Monasticism between Literature and Papyri', Cistercian Studies Quarterly 48 (2013) 227-237.
  • (with R. Yuen-Collingridge), 'A church with no Books and a reader who cannot Write. The Strange case of P.Oxy. 33.2673', Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46 (2009) 109-138.
  • 'The Public and Private Worlds of Theophanes of Hermopolis Magna', Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 88 (2006) [2009] 41-75.
  •  (with I. Gardner) 'P. Lond. Copt. I 1123: Another Letter to Apa Johannes?', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 156 (2006) 157-164.
  • 'Thomas the "wanderer" in a Coptic List of the Apostles', Orientalia 74 (2005) 83-85.
  • (with A.Nobbs) 'Monotheistic Formulae of Belief in Second - Fourth century AD Greek Papyri', Journal of Greco-Roman Judaism and Christianity 2(2001-2005) 36-51.
  • (with R.S. Bagnall & I Gardner), 'O.Douch I 40', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 147 (2004) 205-207 .
  • (with I. Gardner), 'O.Douch I 49', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 143 (2003) 143-146.
  • 'The Development and use of Terms for 'monk' in Late Antique Egypt', Jahrbuch für Antike und Christentum 45(2002) 5-23.
  • 'Papnouthios in SB I 2266: New man or new patron?', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 133(2000) 157-162.
  • (with I. Gardner and A. Nobbs), 'P.Harr. 107: Is this another Greek Manichaean letter', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 131 (2000) 118-124.
  • Contributions to: Walmsley, A. G., Karsgaard, P. and Grey, A., with contributions by M. Choat and K. Barrett, 'Town and Village: Site Transformations in South Jordan (The Gharandahl Archaeological Project, Second Season Report)', Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 43 (1999) 459-478.

Papers in Published Conference Proceedings

  • (with R. Yuen-Collingridge), 'The Copyist at Work: Scribal Practice in Duplicate Documents', in P. Schubert (ed.), Actes du 26e Congres international de papyrologie. Geneve 16-21 aout 2010 (Geneva: Droz, 2012), 827-834.
  • 'Lord Crawford's Search for Papyri: On the Origin of the Rylands Papyrus Collection', in P. Schubert (ed.), Actes du 26e Congres international de papyrologie. Geneve 16-21 aout 2010 (Geneva: Droz, 2012), 141-147.
  • 'Fourth Century Monasticism in the Papyri', Akten des 23. Internationalen Papyrologenkongresses, Wien, 22.-28. Juli 2001, ed. B. Palme (Papyrologica Vindobonensia 1; Wien: ÖAW Verlag 2007), 95-101.
  • 'Philological and historical approaches to the search for the 'third type' of Egyptian monk', Coptic Studies on the Threshold of a New Millennium. Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Coptic Studies. Leiden, August 27 - September 2, 2000, edd. M. Immerzeel and J. van der Vliet (Louvain 2004) II, 856-865.
  • (with I. Gardner), 'Towards a palaeography of fourth century documentary Coptic', Coptic Studies on the Threshold of a New Millennium. Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Coptic Studies. Leiden, August 27 - September 2, 2000, edd. M. Immerzeel and J. van der Vliet (Louvain 2004) , I, 501-509.
  • 'The Archive of Apa Johannes: Notes on a proposed New edition', Proceedings of the 24th International Congress of PapyrologistsHelsinki 2004 (Comm.Hum.Litt. Vol. 122: Helsinki, 2007), 175-183.
  • 'Epistolary Formulae in Early Coptic Letters', Actes du congres du Paris, 28 juin - 3 juillet 2004,  edd. N. Bosson and A. Boud'hors (Peeters: Louvain,  2007), 667-677.

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