Portrait of Dr Csaba La'da

Dr Csaba La'da

Reader in Ancient History, Papyrology and Egyptology


Dr Csaba La'da was educated at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, at University College London and at Cambridge University. He has held prestigious Research Fellowships at Oxford, Leuven, Hamburg, the Warburg Institute and Vienna, and came to Kent from a Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester. 

Research interests

Csaba's research interests are wide-ranging but mainly concentrate on the Hellenistic and early Roman world. His particular interests are in Papyrology and Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. 

In recent years, Csaba held a British Academy Small Research Grant to undertake a project entitled 'Greeks, Jews and Egyptians: An Alphabetically Arranged Tax List of a Multi-Cultural Village in Ptolemaic Egypt (P.Vindob. G60514-60518)'. 

For many years he was a member of The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Management Committee, The Egypt Exploration Society (London) and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Acta Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae (Budapest).   

Csaba has recently published a number of Greek documentary and literary papyri from Hellenistic and Byzantine Egypt in peer-reviewed journals Tyche (Vienna) and Rheinisches Museum für Philologie (Cologne). 

He is currently working on the publication of a Demotic Egyptian papyrus containing a funerary composition from the Roman period. He has recently completed a study of ethnic terminology in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt and has started work on a joint project with Dr D. Dana of CNRS, Paris on Thracians in Hellenistic Egypt.

Csaba is a member of the Centre for Late Antique Archaeology.  


Csaba teaches on ancient Egypt and the Greek language.



  • La'da, C. (2018). Greek Mummy Labels at the British Museum — A Note. TYCHE: Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte, Papyrologie und Epigraphik [Document] 32:265-266. Available at: http://tyche-journal.at/tyche/index.php/tyche/article/view/762/901.
  • La'da, C. and Papathomas, A. (2018). Eine griechische Gestellungsbürgschaft aus dem spätantiken Herakleopolis. TYCHE: Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte, Papyrologie und Epigraphik [Online] 32:93-101. Available at: https://tyche-journal.at/tyche/index.php/tyche/article/view/751/902.
    This article presents the edition of a hitherto unpublished declaration of surety in Greek from 6th century Middle Egypt kept in the Papyrus Collection of the Austrian National Library. In this fragmentary document surety is provided for a gardener (?) called Neilammon son of Timotheos. Of particular interest in the papyrus is an attestation of a notary called Elias unknown to date, who also appears in two other Vienna papyri published in this volume for the first time.
  • La'da, C. and Papathomas, A. (2015). Enteuxis Concerning Illegal Sale of Cedria. TYCHE – Contributions to Ancient History, Papyrology and Epigraphy [Online] 30:81-90. Available at: https://doi.org/10.15661/tyche.2015.030.10.
    The Greek papyrus published in this article is a fragment of an enteuxis from Ptolemaic Egypt. It probably dates to the middle of the 2nd century BC and its provenance is the Fayyum. It concerns the illegal sale of cedria; a substance widely used in mummification. The petitioner was apparently a tax farmer who won the state concession for the distribution of and tax upon cedria presumably for the Arsinoite nome. He seems to complain that the ibiotaphoi obtained cedria from other sources unauthorised by the state and also supplied others with this product.
  • La'da, C. (2013). A new Greek letter from early Ptolemaic Egypt. Acta Antiqua [Online] 53:371-377. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1556/aant.53.2013.4.3.
    Description and discussion of a Greek papyrus letter from 3rd-century BC Egypt. The format, the spelling mistakes, the thickness of the strokes and the ductus of the hand suggest that this Greek letter was written by a native Egyptian using an Egyptian rush pen.
  • La'da, C. (2013). Greek or Egyptian? The Origin of the Ptolemaic Title Syngenes. Archiv fuer Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete [Online] 59:95-122. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/apf.2013.59.1.95.
    In this article the origin of the Ptolemaic honorific court title 'Syngenes' is examined on the basis of Greek, Demotic and hieroglyphic sources. It is shown that this title cannot be derived from any pharaonic Egyptian title that, in face, it found its way into both Demotic and hieroglyphic usages.
  • La'da, C. (2011). A New Tax List from Hellenistic Egypt: A Preliminary Report. Acta Antiqua [Online] 51:23-29. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1556/AAnt.51.2011.1.4.
  • La'da, C. (2009). A New Greek Petition from Hellenistic Egypt. Acta Antiqua 49:375-382.
  • La'da, C. (2005). Egyiptomiak és bevándorlók: a társadalmi es kultúrális változások dinamikája a hellénisztikus Egyiptomban. Antik Tanulmányok [Online] 49:155-171. Available at: http://www.akademiai.com/content/y776486767541217/?p=36d8d5e3e1a34dc0b8575737c179344f&pi=4.
    E tanulmány az egyiptomiak és görögök közti kulturális kölcsönhatások kulcstényez?it és a társadalmi és kulturális változások dinamikáját vizsgálja a hellénisztikus Egyiptomban. A szerz? érvelése szerint, a korábbi nézetekkel ellentétben, az etnicitásnak nem volt els?dleges szerepe a társadalom rétegz?désében, és így különösen mély és széles kör? kulturális kölcsönhatások jöhettek létre.
  • La'da, C. and Papathomas, A. (2004). A Greek Papyrus Amulet from the Duke Collection with Biblical Excerpts: Septuagint Psalm 90, the Heading of Psalm 91 and the Lord's Prayer with a Doxology. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists [Online] 41:93-113. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.0599796.0041.001.
  • La'da, C. (2003). Bemerkungen zu Papyri XVI; Korr. Tyche 492-493. Tyche 18:255-256.
  • La'da, C. and Papathomas, A. (2003). A Ptolemaic Petition by a Royal Farmer Concerning the Postponement of Legal Proceedings before the Laokritai. Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 49:183-189.
  • La'da, C. (2002). Bemerkungen zu Papyri XV; Korr. Tyche 477-483. Tyche 17:259-260.
  • La'da, C. and Papathomas, A. (2001). Ein neues Papyrusamulett mit dem Septuaginta-Psalm 30, 3d–4a. Aegyptus [Online] 81:37-46. Available at: http://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo=2445254.
  • La'da, C. and Rubinstein, L. (1996). Greek Ostraca from Pselkis. Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie under Epigraphik 110:135-155.
  • La'da, C. (1994). Review article of 'Ethnicity in Hellenistic Egypt' by Bilde, P. et al (Aarhus 1992). TOPOI, Orient-Occident [Online] 4:341-350. Available at: http://www.topoi.mom.fr/.
  • La'da, C. (1993). Report on the Symposium on Research Topics in Graeco-Roman Egypt, University College, London 8-10 July, 1991. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies [Online] 38:271-272. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2041-5370.1993.tb00718.x.


  • La'da, C. (2008). Greek Documentary Papyri from Ptolemaic Egypt. Berlin, New York: W. de Gruyter.
  • La'da, C. (2002). Foreign Ethnics in Hellenistic Egypt. Leuven, Brussels - Paris, France - Dudley, MA, US: Peeters.
    This book collects systematically, examines critically and presents prosopographically, for the first time, all ethnic terminology applied to specific individuals in the Greek, Latin, Demotic and hieroglyphic Middle Egyptian evidence (papyrological, epigraphic and ancient historiographic) from or referring to Hellenistic Egypt, published up to the end of 2000. Consequently, it provides a crucial basis for research into ethnicity and related problems, as well as key areas of the society, law and culture of Hellenistic and early Roman Egypt. It is, therefore, a fundamental reference work for historians of Egypt in these periods. It has been widely cited, most recently in the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, Vol. IV (Oxford 2005).

Book section

  • La'da, C. (2012). 'Amnesty in Pharaonic Egypt' and 'Amnesty in Hellenistic Egypt'. in: Harter-Uibopuu, K. and Mitthof, F. eds. Akten des Kolloquiums 'Vergessen und Vergeben? Amnestie in der Antike'. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, pp. 17-43 & 163-209.
  • La'da, C. (2005). Die wirtschaftliche Stellung der Frau im hellenistischen, römischen und byzantinischen Ägypten (332 v. Chr.-642 n. Chr.). in: Froschauer, H. and Harrauer, H. eds. Emanzipation am Nil: Frauenleben und Frauenrecht in den Papyri. Vienna, Austria: Phoibos-Vlg, pp. 35-49.
  • La'da, C. and Papathomas, A. (2004). A Papyrus Fragment of a New Greek Paschal Letter. in: Harrauer, H. and Pintaudi, R. eds. Gedenkschrift U. Horak. Florence, Italy: Papyrologica Florentina XXXIV, pp. 9-17.
  • La'da, C. (2003). Encounters with Ancient Egypt: The Hellenistic Greek Experience. in: Matthews, R. and Roemer, C. eds. Ancient Perspectives on Egypt. London: University College London Press, pp. 157-169.
  • La'da, C. (2002). The Demotic Papyrus Collection of the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky. in: Ryholt, K. ed. Acts of the Seventh International Conference of Demotic Studies, Copenhagen, 23-27 August 1999. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, pp. 249-254.
  • La'da, C. (2002). Immigrant Women in Hellenistic Egypt: the Evidence of Ethnic Designations. in: Melaerts, H. and Mooren, L. eds. Le Role et le Statut de la Femme en Egypte Hellenistique, Romaine et Byzantine Actes du Colloque International. Leuven, Brussels - Sterling, VA, US: Peeters, pp. 167-192.
    This interdisciplinary study, based on the documentary sources in both Greek and Demotic Egyptian, examines the immigration and settlement of foreign women in Hellenistic Egypt, an important topic unexplored by previous research. Their integration into local society and significance within it are discussed. It is shown statistically that immigrant women are vastly less numerous than their male counterparts in our sources, and it is argued that this is due to the combined effect of various socio-economic and legal factors.
  • La'da, C. (2001). Lease of a Vineyard and Work-Contract. in: Palme, B. ed. Wiener Papyri als Festgage zum 60. Geburtstag von Hermann Harrauer. Vienna: P. Harrauer, pp. 227-232.
    This text-edition is the result of my identifying one of the missing fragments of a previously published, fragmentary papyrus document from Byzantine Egypt (604 AD). In this contribution the two fragments are reunited and published together with a detailed commentary and translation.

Edited book

  • La'Da, C. (2006). Schrift, Text und Bild: Kleine Schriften von Herwig Maehler. La'da, C. A. and Römer, C. eds. Munich, Germany: K.G. Saur.


  • La'da, C. (2004). Review of 'Rechtsgeschichtliches zur Ackerverpachtung auf Tempelland nach demotischem Formular'. Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, Romanistische Abteilung 121:539-544.
  • La'da, C. (2003). Review of 'Cleopatras'. Discussions in Egyptology 55:99-105.
  • La'da, C. (2003). Review of 'Piracy in the Graeco-Roman World'. Mnemosyne 56:250-255.
  • La'da, C. (2003). Review of 'Dokumentarische Papyri des 2. Jh. v. Chr. aus dem Herakleopolites (P.Heid. VIII)'. Tyche 18:264-267.
  • La'da, C. (2002). Review of 'Taposiris Magna, Port of Isis'. Discussions in Egyptology 53:123-130.
  • La'da, C. (1999). Review of 'Soldier and Society in Roman Egypt; A Social History'. Discussions in Egyptology 43:57-63.
  • La'da, C. (1999). Review of 'Alexandria Rediscovered'. Discussions in Egyptology 45:105-108.
  • La'da, C. (1999). Review of 'Columbia Papyri X' Bagnall, R. S. and Obbink, D. D. eds. Mnemosyne 52:635-639.
  • La'da, C. (1999). Review of 'The Genius of Alexander the Great'. Mnemosyne 52:757-761.
  • La'da, C. (1998). Review of 'Sex and Society in Graeco-Roman Egypt'. Discussions in Egyptology 41:83-87.
  • La'da, C. (1997). Review of 'Egypt after the Pharaohs; 332 BC-AD 642 from Alexander to the Arab Conquest' (Second paperback edition). Discussions in Egyptology 38:135-137.


  • La'da, C. (2018). A Late Hellenistic Fragment of a Tractate on Classical and Post-Classical (?) Literature: New Information on Aristophanes’ Daitales? Rheinisches Museum für Philologie.
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