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Matthew Gibbs

Associate Professor

Matthew Gibbs ©UWinnipeg
Contact Information




  • History
  • Hellenistic and Roman History

Areas of Expertise:

  • Classical Reception of Heavy Metal Music
  • The Hellenistic and Roman Economies
  • Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt
  • Roman Imperial Provincial History
  • Trade and Communication in the Roman Empire

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Available To:

  • Appear on radio or TV
  • Appear as a public speaker
  • Provide comment to media
  • Write articles
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others


Matt Gibbs is a Hellenistic and Roman Imperial provincial and socio-economic historian. His current research focuses specifically on the associations of trades and craftspeople that existed in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, and more generally on the economies and societies of that region during those times.

Having worked as a session musician for several years, he returned to academia and studied ancient history, archaeology, and classics as a mature student. He now holds an undergraduate honours degree from the University of Leicester, and two graduate degrees from the University of Oxford.

He has published and given papers on several aspects of ancient economies, trade, travel and communication, Hellenistic and Roman imperial history, Roman army veterans, and the classical reception of heavy metal music. He is also an advisory editor for Routledge's Ancient Near East series of monographs.

Media and Research Expert