François Gerardin

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Dr. Gerardin is a historian of the ancient Mediterranean, with a focus on state formation, institutions, and cities, as well as a specialization in the technical field of papyrology. His first book project, provisionally entitled Not All Roads Lead to Rome: City Foundations and State Formation in the Late Hellenistic World, explores the territorial strategies deployed by late Hellenistic kings to reform their states. It expands the scope of the narrative of state reform centered on Antiochos IV to include the city foundation policies of the Ptolemies and Attalids, now documented by new dossiers of papyri and inscriptions respectively. His interest in documentary papyri has led him to publish text editions in the Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete, the Journal of Coptic Studies, and the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists. A native of Lorraine, France, he graduated from the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris and completed his PhD in History at Yale University.