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Mark Pyzyk

Mark Pyzyk

BA, Classics, McMaster University
MA, Classics, McMaster University
Ph.D, Ancient History, Stanford University

Mark Pyzyk recieved his Ph.D. in Ancient History from the Stanford Classics Department in 2016. He received his BA and MA in Classics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 2006 and 2008, and in 2008, completed a Master's thesis entitled "Burial, Landscape and Hero Cult in the Polis”. He is currently working on a thesis entitled "Economies of Expertise: Knowledge and Skill Transfer in Classical Greece", which argues that changes in expertise transfer in the 4th cen. BCE (for instance, the reform of the Macedonian, Egyptian, or Cypriot states along selectively Greek lines) were driven by changes in philosophies of knowledge (in particular the development of self-conscious and sophisticated theories of expertise in author such as Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle). Without understanding how Greeks thought about expertise, a topic thus far not fully explored, we cannot fully understand this crucial historical phenomenon. He recently accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pearson Institute at the University of Chicago.