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Students in the Classical Studies post-baccalaureate program have the opportunity to engage faculty from many related departments at Penn. In particular, the following Classical Studies Department faculty members have taught post-baccalaureate courses and/or been post-baccalaureate advisors over the past few years.

  • Associate Professor of Classical Studies

    Education

    • PhD, Princeton University, 2002 
    • Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, 2001 
    • Master of Arts, Courtauld Institute of Art, 1993 
    • Bachelor of Arts, Williams College, 1992

    Research and teaching interests

    • Mediterranean archaeology 
    • Late antiquity

    Selected publications

    • Houses and Society in the Later Roman Empire (2010)
    • Private Worship, Public Values and Religious Change in Late Antiquity (2008)
    • Between Text and Territory: Survey and Excavation in the terra of San Vincenzo al Volturno, ed. with Richard Hodges and Karen Francis (2007)
    • Hispania in Late Antiquity: Current Approaches, ed. with Michael Kulikowski (2005)
  • Professor of Classical Studies

    Education

    • AM (honorary), Amherst College, 2004 
    • PhD, Classics, Stanford University, 1990 
    • Master of Arts, Classics, Boston College, 1984
    • Bachelor of Arts, History, Stanford University, 1979

    Research and teaching interests

    • Latin literature 
    • Historiography

    Selected publications

    • Tacitus, Annals (2012)
    • Caesar's Civil War (2006), with William Batstone
    • Tacitus, Histories, Book I (2003)
    • The Mask of the Parasite: A Pathology of Roman Patronage (1997)

    Work in progress 

    • C. Iuli Caesaris Commentariorum libri III de bello civili 
    • Studies on the Text of Caesar's Bellum Civile (OUP, forthcoming) 

    Recent courses

    • Undergraduate
      • Thucydides and Euripides
      • Caesar and Lucan, Horace's Satires
      • Writing History
      • Age of Caesar
    • Graduate
      • Tacitus
      • Caesar
      • Prose Composition, Text and Context: History of Latin Literature
      • Livy and Polybius (with J. McInerney)
      • Roman Letters (with C. Grey)
      • Suetonius and the Historia Augusta (with C. Grey)
  • Associate Professor of Classical Studies
    Chair, Ancient History Graduate Group

    Education

    • Master of Environmental Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
    • PhD, Classics, St John's College, Cambridge, 2002
    • Master of Philosophy, Ancient History, University of Sydney, 1997
    • Bachelor of Arts, Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Auckland, 1994

    Research and teaching interests 

    • Roman social, economic, agrarian and legal history, particularly in the late antique period
    • Nonelite and marginal populations, especially in rural contexts
    • Disasters, their causes, impacts, implications and aftermaths
    • Interactions between human populations and their physical environments
    • Legacies of ancient Rome in American cultural, political and intellectual discourses

    Current excavation 

    Roman Peasant Project, Cinigiano, Tuscany (codirected with Kim Bowes, Mariaelena Ghisleni and Emanuele Vaccaro)

    Selected publications

    • Constructing Communities in the Late Roman Countryside, Cambridge University Press (2011)
    • "Slavery in the Late Roman World," in K. Bradley and P. Cartledge, eds., The Cambridge World History of Slavery: The Ancient Mediterranean World, Cambridge University Press (2011), 482–509
    • "Civil War? What Civil War? Usurpers in the Historia Augusta," in C. Damon, B. Breed and A. Rossi, eds., Citizens of Discord: Rome and its Civil Wars, Oxford University Press (2010), 87–101
    • "Contextualizing Colonatus: The Origo of the Late Roman Empire," JRS 97 (2007) 155-175

    Work in progress 

    • "Exploring Connectivity by Modeling Mobility around a Roman Landscape in Tuscany," (coauthored with J. Mathieu, A. Arnoldus-Huyzendfeld, A. Pattachini, and M. Ghisleni)
    • "Dimensions of Disaster in the (Late) Roman World: The Vesuvius Eruption of 472 CE"
    • "How to Treat an Emperor: Norton I in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco"

    Recent courses 

    • Undergraduate
      • Ancient Rome
      • Structures of the Roman Empire
      • Disasters in the Ancient Mediterranean World
    • Graduate
      • Problems in Roman History
      • Roman Law
      • Ancient Economies
  • Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Undergraduate Chair

    Education

    • PhD, Classics, University of California, Berkeley, 2002 
    • Master of Arts, Greek, University of California, Berkeley, 1997 
    • Bachelor of Arts, Classics and Linguistics, University of Canterbury, 1994

    Research and teaching interests

    • Imperial Latin literature
    • Roman culture
    • Ancient philosophy
    • Reception studies

    Selected publications

    • “Nundinae: The Culture of the Roman Week,” Phoenix 64 (2010) 360-85
    • The Deaths of Seneca (Oxford University Press, 2009)
    • A Seneca Reader: Selections from Prose and Tragedy (Bolhchazy-Carducci, 2011)
    • Elizabethan Seneca: Three Tragedies, coedited with Jessica Winston, Modern Humanities Research Association Tudor & Stuart Translations, vol. 8 (London, 2012)

    Work in progress

    The Beginnings of a Day in Ancient Rome (book-length project)

    Recent courses

    • Undergraduate
      • Technologies of the Mind in the Greco-Roman World
      • Seneca
      • Authors and Audiences in the Greek and Roman World
    • Graduate
      • Consolation and Ancient Philosophy
      • Progress and Decline in Latin Literature

    Other professional activity

    Series coeditor (with Emily Mackil), Social Structures of the Greek and Roman World (Johns Hopkins Unviversity Press)
    Information for Authors (PDF)

  • Professor of Classical Studies
    Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek
    Faculty Director, Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies

    Education

    • PhD, Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Bachelor of Arts, Classics, University of Cambridge 
    • AB, Classics, Harvard University

    Research and teaching interests

    • Greek Literature, especially epic, tragedy and historiography 
    • Gender in classical culture 
    • Classical reception

    Selected publications

    • Women and Slaves in Greco-Roman Culture: Differential Equations (2000), coeditor with Sandra Joshel
    • Introductions to new translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey by Stanley Lombardo (1997, 2000)
    • Disguise and Recognition in the Odyssey (1987, 2nd edition 2011)
    • "Tragic Bystanders: Choruses and Other Survivors in the Plays of Sophocles," in J. R. C. Cousland and James R. Hume, edd. The Play of Texts and Fragments: Essays in Honour of Martin Cropp, (Leiden: Brill, 2009): 321–333
    • "The Memorable Past: Antiquity and Girlhood in the Works of Mary Butts and Naomi Mitchison,"Remaking the Classics: Literature, Genre and Media in Britain, 1800-2000, ed. Christopher Stray (London 2007) 125-139
    • "Farming, Authority, and Truth-Telling in the Greek Tradition," in City, Countryside, and the Spatial Organization of Value in Antiquity, ed. Ineke Sluiter and Ralph Rosen (2006) 93-118
    • "The Daughters of Cadmus: Chorus and Characters in Euripides' Bacchae and Ion," in Greek Drama III: Essays in Honour of Kevin Lee, ed. John Davidson, Frances Muecke, and Peter Wilson (London 2006) 99-112
    • "Women in Groups: Aeschylus' Suppliants and the Female Choruses of Greek Tragedy," in The Soul of Tragedy: Essays on Athenian Drama, ed. Victoria Pedrick and Steven M. Oberhelman (Chicago 2005) 183-198
    • "Penelope's Song: The Lyric Odysseys of Linda Pastan and Louise Glück," Classical and Modern Literature22 (2002) 1-33 (with Deborah H. Roberts)

     Work in progress

    • A book on Sophocles for the Duckworth "Classical Literature & Society" series
    • A study of 20th-century receptions of classics in relation to childhood (with Deborah H. Roberts)

    Recent courses

    • Undergraduate
      • Sex and Gender in Ancient Greek Society
      • The Odyssey and its Afterlife
      • Sophocles 
    • Graduate
      • Herodotus
      • Dionysus and Greek Drama
      • Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns
      • Choral Lyric
      • Homer
  • Lecturer in Classical Studies
    Director, Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies

    Education

    • PhD, Classics, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1996 
    • Bachelor of Arts, Classics, Carleton College, 1987

    Research and teaching interests

    Greek and Latin literature, especially Hellenistic poetry

    Selected publications 

    • "The poetics of Aethalides: silence and poikilia in Apollonius' Argonautica," CQ 48 (1998) 456-469
    • "Unstable Geographies: The Moving Landscape in Apollonius' Argonautica and Callimachus' Hymn to Delos" TAPhA 130 (2000) 287-317

    Recent courses

    • Undergraduate
      • Elementary and Intermediate Greek 
    • Post-baccalaureate
      • Euripides
      • Homeric and Callimachean hymns
      • Didactic poetry
      • Lucretius
      • The Argo myth
  • Professor of Classical Studies
    James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology
    Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section, University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

    Education

    • PhD, Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, 1987
    • Master of Arts, Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, 1980
    • Bachelor of Arts, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Haverford College, 1978

    Research and teaching interests 

    • Mediterranean archaeology
    • Roman art and archaeology
    • Archaeology of Anatolia

    Current excavation

    • Head of Post-Bronze Age excavations at Troy (since 1988)
    • Codirector, Gordion Excavations (since 2006)

    Selected publications 

    • Dynastic Commemoration and Imperial Portraiture in the Julio-Claudian Period (Cambridge University Press, 1997)
    • The New Chronology of Iron Age Gordion (University Museum Press, 2011) 
    • The Archaeology of Phrygian Gordion  (University Museum Press, 2012)
    • The Archaeology of Greek and Roman Troy (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
    • English-language editor, Studia Troica, the annual journal of the Troy excavations

    Work in progress

    • Two final publications in the Troy Excavation Series: the architecture, architectural decoration and small finds of the West Sanctuary
    • The architecture and small finds of the Hellenistic and Roman houses at Troy

    Recent courses

    • Undergraduate and graduate
      • Roman Topography
      • Archaeology of Troy
      • Augustan Rome
      • Roman Republican sculpture, architecture and coinage
      • Gordion Curatorial Seminar
      • Anatolian Archaeology
      • Archaeology of Greek, Anatolia and Etruria in the Archaic Period
  • Professor of Classical Studies
    Rose Family Endowed Term Professor
    Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

    Education

    • PhD, Classical Philology, Harvard University, 1983
    • Bachelor of Arts, Greek and Latin, Swarthmore College, 1977

    Research and teaching interests

    • Greek literature and intellectual history
    • Ancient comic and satirical poetic genres
    • Ancient medicine

    Selected publications

    • Making Mockery: The Poetics of Ancient Satire (Oxford U. Press, 2007)
    • Old Comedy and the Iambographic Tradition (APA American Classical Studies 19, 1988)

    Work in progress

    Various projects on Hippocrates, Galen, Aristophanes and Old Comedy

    Other professional activity

    • Cofounder and sometime Director of Penn's Center for Ancient Studies, 1996-present
    • Coorganizer (with Ineke Sluiter, Professor of Greek at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands) of the biennial Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values, 2000–2011
    • Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, School of Arts and Sciences (2008-11)
  • Associate Professor of Classical Studies
    Chair of the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Group

    Education

    • PhD, Archaeology, Boston University, 1996 
    • Colburn Fellow, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1992–1993 
    • Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1981

    Research and teaching interests

    • Greek Bronze Age archaeology
    • Classical Archaeology
    • Landscape archaeology
    • Archaeometry

    Current excavation

    Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project

    Selected publications 

    • Maritime Networks in the Mycenaean World (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
    • "The Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project (SHARP): Investigations at Mycenaean Kalamianos, 2007–2009," Hesperia 80 (2011): 559–634
    • Bronze Age Landscape and Society in Southern Epirus, Greece (Archaeopress, 2004).
    • "Aegean Prehistory as World Archaeology: Recent Trends in the Archaeology of Bronze Age Greece,"Journal of Archaeological Research 16 (2008): 83–161

    Work in progress 

    Publication of the results of the first phase of SHARP (2007–2009)

    Recent courses

    • Undergraduate
      • Introduction to Mediterranean Archaeology
      • Ages of Homer
      • Great Discoveries in Archaeology
      • Seafaring in the Ancient Greek World
    • Graduate

      • Ancient Greek Colonies
      • Landscape Archaeology
      • Material and Methods in Mediterranean Archaeology
      • Mycenae
      • Introduction to Archaeological Ceramics
  • Assistant Professor of Classical Studies

    Education

    • PhD, Ancient History, Freie Universität Berlin, 2005
    • Master of Arts, History, Classical Archaeology, Freie Universität Berlin, 2001

    Research and teaching interests 

    • Hellenistic and Roman Near East
    • Jewish history in the Greco-Roman period
    • Late Classical Greece
    • Interstate relations

    Selected publications 

    • Für Rom und Jerusalem. Die herodianische Dynastie im 1. Jahrhundert n.Chr. Frankfurt: Verlag Antike 2007
    • “’God is with Italy now’. Pro-Roman Jews in the First Century CE,” in Benedikt Eckhardt (ed.), Groups, Normativity, and Rituals. Jewish Identity and Politics between the Maccabees and Bar Kokhba. Leiden et al.: Brill 2011, 157-187
    • “Josephus, the Herodians and the Jewish War,” in Mladen Popovic (ed.), The Jewish War against Rome (66-70/74): Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Leiden et al.: Brill 2011, 271-289
    • “Zu Fortwirken und Rezeption des Thukydides im 4. Jahrhundert v.Chr.,” in Ernst Baltrusch – Christian Wendt (eds.), Völkerrecht und Staatsverständnis bei Thukydides, Baden-Baden: Nomos  2011, 87-105
    • ed., Maintaining Peace and Interstate Stability in Archaic and Classical Greece, Mainz: Verlag Antike 2012

    Work in progress 

    • Women and Dynastic Power in Hellenistic and early Roman Judea
    • Local, non-priestly elites in Judea, 2nd century B.C.–2nd century C.E.
    • Concepts of interstate relations in late classical Greece

    Recent Courses

    • Undergraduate
      • Ancient Mediterranean Empires
      • Hellenistic and Roman Near East
      • History of Macedonia
      • Introduction to Greek and Roman History
    • Graduate
      • Jews in the Greek and Roman World
      • Problems in Roman History
      • Provincial Perspectives
  • Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Graduate Chair
    Graduate Chair of Classical Studies

    Education 

    • FAAR 2006-2007
    • PhD, Classics and Comparative Literature, Yale University, 2001
    • Master of Philosophy, English Renaissance Literature, Corpus Christi College Oxford, 1996
    • Bachelor of Arts, Literae Humaniores, Classical Literature and Philosophy, Balliol College Oxford, 1994

    Research and teaching interests

    • Tragedy
    • Poetics and literary theory
    • Literature and philosophy
    • Reception of classical literature, especially in the Renaissance
    • Gender
    • Genre

    Selected publications 

    • Classics editor, third edition of the Norton Anthology of World Literature (2012)
    • Six Tragedies of Seneca. Translation, with introduction and notes. Oxford World's Classics (2010)
    • The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint (2007.
    • Mocked with Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton (2004), recipient of the Charles Bernheimer Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, 2003

    Work in progress 

    • Translations of three tragedies of Euripides, Modern Greek Library (Random House)
    • Odyssey: Translation of the poem, for Norton
    • Book project on Seneca: Penguin and OUP

    Recent courses 

    • Undergraduate
      • Classical Traditions
      • Aeschylus and Herodotus
      • Roman Comedy
      • Tragedy and the Tragic
      • The Ancient Novel
    • Graduate
      • Lucretius
      • Latin Elegy
      • Sophocles
      • Greek Prose
      • The Ancient Novel
      • Translation

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