|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
|Institutions||University of Newcastle |
University College London
Birkbeck, University of London
King's College London
Jane Rowlandson, was a British Ancient Historian who specialised in the economic and social history of Egypt in the Greek and Roman periods. She was a lecturer in Ancient History at King's College, London for 16 years, retiring in 2005. In 1996 she published the influential book Landowners and Tenants in Roman Egypt. She died in 2018.
In 1972, Rowlandson began studying Literae Humaniores at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. She began her doctoral research there, supervised by Alan Bowman, and gained her D. Phil in 1983 after moving to The Queens College, Oxford as a Research Fellow. From 1982 to 1984 she was Sir James Knott Research Fellow at Newcastle University. She held teaching posts at University College London and Birkbeck, University of London before moving to King's College London as lecturer in Ancient History in 1989. She taught at King's for 13 years, being promoted to Reader in 2003. Rowlandson suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, and she retired in 2005 because of ill health.
Rowlandson's main area of research was the economic and social history of Greek and Roman Egypt. Her 1996 monograph, based on her doctoral work, is a monumental study of the documentary evidence for landownership in Roman Egypt and has been described as "indispensable" and "invaluable." The book was particularly important for demonstrating the existence of large numbers of female landowners. Building on this work, Rowlandson went on to conduct further research on the economic activities of women in Roman Egypt, publishing a number of articles as well as a sourcebook, which made the often difficult papyrological evidence readily accessible to students and general readers. In the years leading up to her death in 2018, Rowlandson had remained an active researcher, working on two main projects: a study of the cultural history of Roman Egypt and a collection of sources on slavery in Egypt from Pharaonic to Arab times. The second of these was nearing completion, and may be published posthumously.