Brendan Haug

Brendan Haug


PhD, University of California at Berkeley, Ancient History

BA, University of Washington at Seattle, Classics, magna cum laude


Are you struggling to remember the third declension? Are verb endings keeping you up at night? Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with you. You're just learning Latin or Greek! Trust me, it's part of the process. Nothing worth learning comes easily.

I've recently finished a PhD in Ancient History at Berkeley and languages have occupied a great deal of my time. I've learned to read Latin, Greek, Coptic Egyptian, French, Italian and German and to speak Modern Standard Arabic as well as the colloquial Arabic dialect of Egypt. No, I'm not boasting (okay, maybe a little). What I'm saying is that I have a great deal of experience with language and I know what you're going through!

My historical expertise is in Roman history, Greek and Roman Egypt, and environmental history. I'm fascinated by how people in the preindustrial past used and managed natural resources, particularly water, and altered their environments over the centuries. Luckily, Egypt's dry desert sands preserved hundreds of thousands of handwritten Greek documents on papyrus (a type of ancient paper), which offer a unique insight into the daily lives of regular people in antiquity.

Throughout my undergraduate and graduate career language has been part of my daily routine. So if you're having trouble with Latin or Greek and need to spend some one-on-one time with an experienced instructor and language-learner, click on the "schedule now" button and let's set up an appointment. I can help you with anything from elementary grammar to advanced translation, as well as help you to prepare for national exams in either language. I've taught Latin several times here at Berkeley and can introduce you to all the strategies that have worked for my students in the past. There's no single strategy that works for everyone but I can help you find what works best for you.

I also have considerable experience as a writing teacher. If you would like help organizing an argumentative history essay, I would love to work with you. The formal academic style may seem difficult at first but it gets easier, believe me. It's a skill: the more you practice, the better you'll get!


University of California Berkeley

2008-2009 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Departmental Fellowship

2005-2006 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Departmental Fellowship

University of Washington

2004 Phi Beta Kappa

2004 Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Grant

2003-2004 Jim Greenfield Classics Scholarship

2003 Jim Greenfield Travel Scholarship

2001-2004 Dean's List for Academic Achievement


Sole Instructor

Latin 1, UC Berkeley 2010 and 2011

Teaching Assistant

Western Civilization, UC Berkeley 2006, 2007, and 2011

Greek Mythology, UC Berkeley 2006 and 2011

Roman Civilization, UC Berkeley 2007

Research Assistant to Prof. Todd M. Hickey

Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

UC Berkeley, 2004-2007, 2009-present


"Berkeley Research Initiatives Concerning the Byzantine Oxyrhynchite" (with Todd M. Hickey) Potere e ricchezza nell'Egitto bizantino: la famiglia degli Apioni. Sviluppi e prospettive della ricerca papirologica, Udine, Italy, 28 March 2008.

"The Village of Theadelphia: Texts, Archaeology, Irrigation," at the International Winter School in Texts and Their Landscape. Papyrology and Archaeology in the Fayyūm, Tūnis, Al-Fayyūm, Egypt, November 16, 2011.

"Modern Irrigation and Egypt's Imagined Past," Late Antique Religions et Societies (LAReS) Working Group, UC Berkeley, March 12, 2012.


"Military Pork: Two Receipts for Rations," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 160, 2007, 215-219.

"The Dossier of Flavia Anastasia Part One: The Document Prescripts." (with Todd M. Hickey), Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, 48 (2011), 99-112.

"Work conditions in Byzantine Egypt: the case of the enapographoi geōrgoi," forthcoming in the volume Law and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt, 332 BC–640 AD, James G. Keenan, Joseph G. Manning and Uri Yiftakh-Firanko edd., Cambridge University Press, 2012.


2011 International Winter School in Texts and their Landscape: Papyrology and Archaeology in the Fayyūm. Under the direction of Willy Clarysse (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Cornelia Römer (German Archaeological Institute, Cairo). Cairo and al-Fayyūm, November 14-21, 2011.

2006 American Society of Papyrologists Summer Seminar in Papyrology. Under the direction of Roger S. Bagnall and Raffaella Cribiore (New York University), and Heike Behlmer (Macquarie University). Columbia University, New York, Summer 2006

2005 Square Supervisor, University of California, Berkeley and University of Washington, Seattle Tel Dor Archaeological Project at Dor, Israel. Under the direction of Andrew Stewart (Berkeley) and Ilan Sharon (Hebrew University). June-July 2005.

2004 Volunteer: University of California, Berkeley and University of Washington, Seattle Tel Dor Archaeological Project at Dor, Israel. Under the direction of Andrew Stewart (Berkeley) and Ilan Sharon (Hebrew University). June-July 2004.


Ancient: Greek and Latin

Modern: French, Italian, German

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