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James Macksoud

James Macksoud

I am a second year ancient history track PhD student whose interests lie primarily within the field of Roman political, social, and economic history. In 2015, I received my BA in History (with a focus on the ancient Mediterranean) from Columbia University. My undergraduate senior thesis considered the status of Mithraism, as well as its decline and disappearance, in the 3rd and 4th centuries CE. In 2017, I received an MPhil in Classics (ancient history track) from the University of Cambridge. My MPhil thesis assessed the origins of the migrant population in the city of Rome during the Principate. This project was centered on using GIS software to map and statistically analyze the origins of migrants attested in funerary epigraphy at the most discrete level possible. After completing my masters, I undertook a year of post-bacc studies at Rutgers University in both Greek and Latin. Temporally, my interests are mostly located in the imperial and late antique periods.