Dr. Bryan C. Brinkman


Languages Cultures and Religions
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Languages Cultures and Religions
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Ancient History, Brown University (2016)
  • American Society of Papyrologists Summer Institute, University of Chicago (2012)
  • British School at Athens Postgraduate Course in Greek Epigraphy (2011)
  • M.A., History, University of Washington (2008)
  • American School of Classical Studies at Athens Summer Program (2007)
  • B.A., Classics and History (Honors), University of Utah (2006)


  • LLT 121: Classical Mythology
  • LLT 180: From Hero to Superhero
  • LLT 325: Greek Civilization
  • LLT 326: Roman Civilization
  • GBL 250: Introduction to Global Studies

Research and professional interests

  • Ancient Greece and Rome (Bronze Age - Late Antiquity)
  • Roman Imperialism
  • Mass Communication in Ancient Rome (Graffiti; Acclamation)
  • Ancient Greek and Roman Religion
  • Epigraphy and Papyrology

Selected publications

  • Life in Antiquity: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome (with J. Troche), Routledge Press (under contract)
  • “Epigraphy” in Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method [Forthcoming]
  • Beyond Egypt: Relations and Imaginations of the Ancient Past, volume co-edited with J. Troche (Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections #36)
  • “An Interior View: Osiris and Serapis in ca. 2nd Century Rome” in Beyond Egypt: Relations and Imaginations of the Ancient Past

Select Refereed Papers and Organized Panels

  • “Germanicus, Egypt, and the Dangers of Acclamation,” Cross-Cultural Contact between Egypt and the Roman Empire (Rome, Italy)
  • “Domitian’s ‘Silence!’ and the Dynamics of Acclamation,” The Damned Despot. Rethinking Domitian and the Flavian World (Rome, Italy)
  • “Modeling Crowd Behavior in Ancient Rome: Claques and Complex Adaptive Systems,” Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting (Boston, MA)
  • “How to Praise the Emperor: Graffiti Evidence for a Roman Acclamatory Formula,” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting (San Francisco, CA)
  • “Etching Out a Place for Venus: Graffiti and the Creation of Sacred Space at Pompeii,” American Philological Association Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL)
  • “Varro on Animal Sacrifice: The De Re Rustica as Religious Exegesis,” The Role of Animals in Ancient Myth and Religion (Grumento Nova, Italy)
  • “Antinoöpolis: a Study of Syncretistic Space,” American Research Center in Egypt Annual Meeting (Cincinnati, OH)
  • “Think Globally, Act Locally: Envisioning Religious Practice in Local Contexts,” Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, Session co-organizer (Chicago, IL)
  • “Graffiti Prayers in Roman Italy and ‘Everyday’ Religious Experience,” Classical Association of the Middle West and South Annual Meeting (Grand Rapids, MI)                                                               

Awards and honors

  • Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Fellowship, Institute for Historical Studies, University of Cologne, 2014-2015
  • Gerda Henkel and Jacobi Foundation Fellowship, German Archaeological Institute, Munich, 2013
  • Graduate School Top Scholar Fellowship, University of Washington, 2006-2008