Richard L. Phillips

Richard L. Phillips

Assistant Professor of Classics

Office

303 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger St. 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

540-231-5362

Email

rphllps@vt.edu

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Expertise

  • Ancient Greek and Latin
  • Ancient Magic
  • Invisibility in Antiquity
  • Papyrology
  • Greek Mythology

Professional Activities

  • Society for Classical Studies
  • The Classical Association of the Middle West and South
  • The Classical Association of Virginia
  • Eta Sigma Phi (Classics Honor Society)
  • Phi Beta Kappa 

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Awards and Honors

NEH Summer Institute (“Mortality: Facing Death in Ancient Greece”), The Athens Centre, Summer 2014 (Director: Karen Bassi, University of California at Santa Cruz) 

Selected Publications

Books

In Pursuit of Invisibility: Ritual Texts from Late Roman Egypt, American Studies in Papyrology 47 (Durham, NC  2009).

Articles

“Traditions of Transformation and Shape-shifting in PGM XIII 270-277” in Cultural Plurality in Ancient Magical Texts and Practices, Series Orientalische Religionen in der Antike (Mohr Siebeck) (forthcoming).

“A Fragment of a Private Letter Regarding the Care of a Goose” (P.CtYBR inv. 694) from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University in P.Yale IV, American Studies in Papyrology (forthcoming).         

“A Letter Regarding the Payment of Taxes” (P.CtYBR inv. 1563) from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University in P.Yale IV, American Studies in Papyrology (forthcoming).         

“On the Outside Looking In: Pliny’s Natural History and the Portrayal of Invisibility in the Latin West” in “Visibility and Invisibility in the Religions of Rome,” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 56/57 (2011/2012) 37-62.

Additional Information

Current research: A study on human invisibility in the ancient world for a broader scholarly audience.