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Ted Kelting

Ted Kelting

PhD - Language and Literature


Ted completed his PhD in Classics in the language and literature track in June 2019. His dissertation is entitled "The Greek Face of Roman Egypt." In it, he argues for a dialogic model of intercultural exchange between Egypt and Rome during the early Principate. Other models focused on a projected "Egypt" oriented around Actian rhetoric have consistently underappreciated the agency Egyptians had in articulating Egyptian cultural forms to a Greek and Roman audience. The reliance of such Egyptians on a Greek philosophical and literary vocabulary in which they were adept is better understood as an actor's choice to underline the logic of Egyptian religion, literature, and science than as an index of the slow death of Egyptian culture. A sustained comparison of Greco-Roman geographies and ethnographies of Egypt and Ethiopia better answers what Egypt's function as Other was during the first and early-second centuries C.E., when it became the key site in which the Roman Principate was alternatively praised and criticized.

In 2012, he received his BA in Classics and Egyptology from Brown University, where he studied Greek, Latin, Middle Egyptian and Late Egyptian literatures.  Besides his dissertation, Ted maintains interests in Roman Satire, Aesopic fable and animal literatures, the Homeric corpus, and the Afro-centrist and Afro-futurist receptions of Pharaonic Egypt.

Ted will begin a tenure-track position as an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego in the fall of 2020.