Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

Steven    Ellis 

Title:  Associate Professor
Office:  502  Blegen Library
Tel: 513-556-4422
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Steven Ellis (PhD Sydney, 2005) is a Roman archaeologist whose research activities and publications spring from his interests in ancient cities and urban life.  He has conducted fieldwork principally throughout Italy and Greece, but with other field activities in Spain, Portugal, France, Morocco, and Algeria.  Steven directs the University of Cincinnati's excavations at Pompeii (the 'Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia'); and co-directs (with Eric Poehler) the 'Pompeii Quadriporticus Project' and (with Timothy Gregory) the 'East Isthmia Archaeological Project' in Greece.  The results of these activities are a range of publications that cover field reports to synthetic works, on diverse topics across the field of Classics such as Roman retail spaces; urban waste management; Greek and Roman superstitions; Roman coins; site formation processes; urban and sacred infrastructure; movement in cities; social structures and their hierarchies, especially the urban sub-elites; the use of new technologies in archaeological fieldwork; and the Roman fish-salting industry.  In 2011 he edited ‘The Making of Pompeii: studies in the history and urban development of an ancient city’ (JRA suppl. 85, Portsmouth, RI).  The recipient of several major grants and fellowships (from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, National Geographic, and the 'Rome Prize' from the American Academy in Rome), his forthcoming work includes a book on the history of the Roman retail industry as well as a multi-volume publication on the Pompeii excavations.  Steven is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati.       

Education

  • PhD, University of Sydney, Sydney, 2005 (Classical Archaeology).

Research Information

Research Interests

Roman urbanism and social history; ancient architecture; Greek and Roman art and archaeology; iconography of daily life; technological applications in the study of the ancient world; and the excavation of complex urban sites.

Research Support

  • Department of Information Technology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan. $5000. 2007
  • Department of Classical Studies Research Award, University of Michigan. $650. 2007
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), University of Michigan . $1740. 2006
  • Ubiquity International.  2006
  • Archaeological Institute of America. $455 . 01-2005
  • Dorot Foundation Travel Award, Archaeological Institute of America. $386. 01-2004
  • Postgraduate Research Support Scholarship, $2000. 08-2003
  • Italian Government Scholarship, $4500. 2003
  • Ph.D. Student’s Research Support Scheme, $873. 2003
  • Research Scholarship in Classical Archaeology, Hellenic Club. $2315. 2003
  • Kath O’Neill Scholarship, $1400. 2003
  • Carlyle Greenwell Research Scholarship, $3000. 2002
  • Travel Expense Grant, Postgraduate Researcher’s Conference. $750. 04/07/2001
  • Carlyle Greenwell Research Scholarship, $7000. 2001
  • Postgraduate Research Support Scholarship, $700. 2001
  • James Kentley Memorial Scholarship, $1500. 2000
  • W.C. Wentworth Travelling Fellowship, $1750. 2000
  • Research Grant, Australasian Centre for Italian Studies. $5000.

Publications

Books

  • The Making of Pompeii: Studies in the history and urban development of an ancient town (Editor: JRA Supp. Series 85) Portsmouth, R.I. 2011.

Articles & Book Chapters

  • with Devore, G. (2006). Towards an understanding of the shape of space at VIII.7.1-15, Pompeii: preliminary results from the 2006 season. The Journal of Fasti Online (71), 1-15.  [Link]
  • with Devore, G. (2005). New Excavations at VIII.7.1-15, Pompeii: A brief synthesis of results from the 2005 season. The Journal of Fasti Online (48), 1-10.  [Link]
  • with Allison, P.M., Fairbairn, A., & Blackall, C.W. (2005). Extracting the social relevance of artefact distribution in Roman military forts. Internet Archaeology (17).  [Link]
  • (2004). The distribution of bars at Pompeii: archaeological, spatial and viewshed analyses. Journal of Roman Archaeology (17), 371-384.
  • (2004). The Pompeian Bar: archaeology and the role of food and drink outlets in an ancient community. Food and History (2), 41-58.
  • ‘Pes dexter: Superstition and state in the shaping of shop-fronts and street activity in the Roman world,’ in: David Newsome and Ray Laurence(Eds),Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space, London 2011, 160-173. 
  • ‘The rise and reorganization of the Pompeian salted fish industry,’ in The Making of Pompeii: Studies in the history and urban development of an ancient town (Edited by Steven J.R. Ellis, JRA suppl. 85, 2011) 59-88.
  • ‘Uncovering Plebeian Pompeii: Broader implications from excavating a forgotten working-class neighbourhood’ (with Devore, G.) in: Nuove ricerche archeologiche nell’area Vesuviana (scavi 2003-2006), Roma 2008, 309-320.  
  • ‘Two Seasons of Excavations at VIII.7.1-15 and the Porta Stabia at Pompeii, 2005-2006’ (with Devore, G.) in: Rivista di Studi Pompeiani 18, Roma 2007, 119-128.  
  • ‘Italy’ in: The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece and Rome vol. 4, (Edited by Michael Gagarin; section Editor, David Potter), Oxford 2010, 93-97. 
  • ‘Samnites’ in: The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece and Rome vol. 6(Edited by Michael Gagarin; section Editor, David Potter), Oxford 2010, 203-204.
  • ‘Sardinia’ in: The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece and Rome vol. 6(Edited by Michael Gagarin; section Editor, David Potter), Oxford 2010, 218-219.
  • ‘Vesuvius’ in: The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece and Rome vol. 7(Edited by Michael Gagarin; section Editor, David Potter), Oxford 2010, 178-179.

Reviews

  • ‘A new Pompeian textbook’, a review of Dobbins, J.J. and Foss, P.W. (eds) The World of Pompeii (London 2007) in: Journal of Roman Archaeology 21, 2008, 450-457.  

Other Publications

  • Mattusch, C. Donohue, A., & Brauer, A. (2006). Finding a bar in Pompeii: a new approach to an old problem. Common Ground: Archaeology, Art, Science, and Humanities: Proceedings of the XVI International Congress of Classical Archaeology 377-381.

Presentations & Lectures

Paper Presentations

  • with G. Devore. Plebs versus the city: the competition for space between public and private interests at Pompeii’ . 109th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Chicago. 01/07/2008.
  • Vernacular architecture at panhellenic sanctuaries: a case study from Isthmia’ (Half a Century on the Isthmus.  The American School of Classical Studies in Athens. 06/17/2007.
  • with G. Devore. New excavations near the Porta Stabia at Pompeii, VIII.7.1-15’ (Nuovo ricerche archeologiche nell’area vesuviana. Convegno Internazionale, Palazzo Venezia, Rome. 02/02/2007.
  • Building a new excavation project at Pompeii. 107th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Montreal. 01/07/2006.
  • Reading Roman Retail: toward the first archaeological typology of bars at Pompeii’ . 106th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Boston. 01/09/2005.
  • with Jones, R.F.J., Robinson D.J.. The origins of Pompeian domestic architecture: new evidence from the House of the Surgeon. 106th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Boston. 01/09/2005.
  • Visualising complex data sets: the mapping of cities using GIS’ (Integrating the Database and the Map).  Australian National University, Canberra. 10/08/2004.
  • In search of the urban masses: the role of retail food and drink outlets in the archaeology of Roman lower class housing’ (Ancient Houses – New Methodologies).  Nederlands Instituut te Rome, Roma. 06/26/2004.
  • Reconsidering Roman Bars: an archaeological typology of Roman food and drink outlets.  105th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Francisco. 01/04/2004.
  • The Pompeian bar and the city: Defining food and drink outlets and identifying their place in the urban environment.  Centre for Archaeological Research, Australian National University, Canberra. 10/10/2003.
  • Finding a bar in Pompeii: a new approach to an old problem. XVI Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica, Boston. 08/25/2003.
  • Life in the bars: the emergence of commercial properties. Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Philadelphia. 2000.

Lectures

  •  (03/06/2007).  Archaeology in Pompeii: A ‘behind-the-scenes’ account of the major discoveries and new directions in the rediscovery of an ancient Roman city’ (Invited Lecture at exhibit ‘A Day in Pompeii’.  Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center,  Mobile, Alabama.
  •  (02/27/2007).  The Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia’ .  St Andrews University,  UK.
  •  (02/16/2007).  The role of non-elites in the shaping of urban space: mapping patterns of social activity and habit in the Roman city’ .  University of Texas at Austin.
  •  (02/11/2007).  Social Patterns in the Pompeian Urban Fabric: Discovering bars, restaurants, and houses in a new excavation project at Pompeii’ .  Wellesley College.
  •  (02/06/2007).  The role of non-elites in the shaping of urban space: mapping patterns of social activity and habit in the Roman city.  University of California – Los Angeles.
  •  (01/29/2007).  The role of non-elites in the shaping of urban space: mapping patterns of social activity and habit in the Roman city.  Michigan State University.
  •  (01/26/2007).  The Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia.  Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo ON, Canada.
  •  (01/24/2007).  The role of non-elites in the shaping of urban space: mapping patterns of social activity and habit in the Roman city.  University of Cincinnati.
  •  (01/23/2007).  Social Patterns in the Pompeian Urban Fabric: Discovering bars, restaurants, and houses in a new excavation project at Pompeii.  University of Western Ontario, London ON, Canada.
  •  (12/04/2006).  Recent trends and new directions in Roman archaeology.  University of Windsor, ON Canada.
  •  (03/28/2006).  The Emperors and their people in 2nd century Rome.  John Cabot University, Rome.
  •  (03/27/2006).  Social Patterns in the Pompeian Urban Fabric: Discovering bars, restaurants, and houses in a new excavation project at Pompeii.  John Cabot University, Rome.
  •  (03/24/2006).  New excavations at Roman Pompeii: The discovery of a 'lost' Pompeian neighborhood.  University of Georgia, Athens GA.
  •  (02/17/2006).  Social Patterns in the Pompeian Urban Fabric: Discovering bars, restaurants, and houses in a new excavation project at Pompeii.  University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA.
  •  (01/25/2006).  The Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 09-2007 to Present,  Asst. Professor of Classics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati.
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