The following individuals have received a doctoral degree in Archaeology from the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati.

Efthymia Tsiolaki 2022

Diachronic Landscapes and Communities in Messenia, Greece: Re-assessing the Neolithic and Bronze Age Evidence from the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project

Chris Motz 2021 Elon University
The Knowledge Networks of Workshop Construction in the Roman World

Paschalis Zafeiriadis 2018

Society Makes Itself: Analyzing Spatial and Social Structures in Late Neolithic (ca. 5300-4500 B.C) - Early Bronze Age (ca. 3300-2000 B.C.) Macedonia, Greece

Catherine Baker 2018 Bryn Mawr University

Roman Imperialism and Latin Colonization in the Central Apennines: Networks of Interaction and Exchange

Alexandros Laftsidis 2018 Xavier University

The Hellenistic Ceramic "Koine" Revisited

William 'Flint' Dibble 2017 ASCSA

Politika Zoa: Animals and Social Change in Ancient Greece (1600-300 B.C.)

Chris Cloke 2016 University of Maryland

The Landscape of the Lion: Economies of Religion and Politics in the Nemean Countryside (800 BCE to 700 CE)

Bea Peruzzi 2016 Rutgers University

Populating Peucetia: Central Apulian Grave Good Assemblages from the Classical Period (late 6th - 3rd centuries B.C.)

Emilia Oddo 2015 Tulane University

From Pottery to Politics? Analysis of the Neopalatial Ceramic Assemblage from Cistern 2 at Myrtos-Pyrgos, Crete

Emily Egan 2015 University of Maryland

Nestors Megaron: Contextualizing a Mycenaean Institution at Pylos

Natalie Abell 2014 University of Michigan

Reconsidering a Cultural Crossroads: A Diachronic Analysis of Ceramic Production, Consumption, and Exchange Patterns at Bronze Age Ayia Irini, Kea, Greece

Allison Emmerson 2013 Temple University

Memoria et Monumenta: Local Identities and the Tombs of Roman Campania

Peter Stone 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University

"Provincial" Perspectives: The Persian, Ptolemaic, and Seleucid Administrative Center at Tel Kedesh, Israel, in a Regional Context

Marcie Handler 2012 The Seven Hills School

Crafting Matters: A Coroplastic Workshop in Roman Athens

Jody Gordon 2012 Wentworth Institute of Technology

Between Alexandria and Rome: A Postcolonial Archaeology of Cultural Identity in Hellenistic and Roman Cyprus

Lynne Kvapil 2012 Butler University

The Agricultural Terraces of Korphos-Kalamianos: A Case Study of the Dynamic Relationship Between Land Use and Socio-Political Organization in Prehistoric Greece"

Allison Sterrett-Krause 2012 College of Charleston

The Impacts of Private Donations on the Civic Landscapes of Roman Africa Proconsularis

Sean Lockwood 2011 Balsillie School of International Affairs

Aytaş Mevkii/Islamlar in the Elmah Basin, Turkey: A Multi-Period Sepulchral Site in Northern Lycia

Anne Feltovich 2011 Hamilton College

Women's Social Bonds in Greek and Roman Comedy 

Sean O'Neill 2011 Hanover College

The Emperor as Pharaoh: Provincial Dynamics & Visual Representations of Imperial Authority in Roman Egypt, 30 B.C. - A.D. 69

Shannon Lafayette 2011 UMASS Amherst

The Destruction and Afterlife of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos: The Making of a Forgotten Landmark

Dan Osland 2011 University of Otago

Urban Change in Late Antique Hispania: The Case of Augusta Emerita

Shannan Stewart 2010

Gordion After the Knot: Hellenistic Pottery and Culture

David Hernandez 2010 University of Notre Dame

Excavations of the Roman Forum at Butrint (2004-2007): The Archaeology of a Hellenistic and Roman Port in Epirus

Jed Thorn 2010

The Italic Patronage of Early Apulian Red-Figure

Sharon Stocker 2010 University of Cincinnati

Illyrian Apollonia: Toward a New Ktisis and Developmental History of the Colony

Eugenia Gorogianni 2008 University of Akron

Creation Stories: The Archaeological Site of Ayia Irini, Kea, and the Production of Archaeological Knowledge

Christopher TenWolde 2008

State Formation in the Cretan Bronze Age

Ryan Ricciardi 2007

Where Did All the Women Go: The Archaeology of the Soldier Empresses

Julie Hruby 2006 Dartmouth College

Feasting and Ceramics: A View from the Palace of Nestor at Pylos

Rodney Fitzsimons 2006 Trent University

Monuments of Power and the Power of Monuments - The Evolution of Elite Architectural Styles at Bronze Age Mycenae

Susan Wise 2005 Earlham College

Childbirth Votives and Rituals in Ancient Greece

Alexandra Lesk 2004 West Point Grey Academy

A Diachronic Examination of the Erechtheion and its Reception

Jeff Kramer 2004 University of Cincinnati

Analysis and Classification of the Late Helladic I Pottery of the Northeastern Peloponnese

Joanne Mary Angela Murphy 2003 University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Changing Roles and Locations of Religious Practices in South-Central Crete During the Pre-Palatial and Proto-Palatial Periods

James M.L. Newhard 2003 College of Charleston

Aspects of the Local Economies of the Bronze Age: Chipped Stone Acquisition and Production Strategies in the Argolid, Greece

Eleni Hasaki 2002 University of Arizona

Ceramic Kilns in Ancient Greece: Technological Choices and Organization of Ceramic Workshops

Ioulia Tzonou 2001 Curator, Corinth Excavations, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

A Contextual Analysis of Mycenaean Terracotta Figurines.

Deniz Burcu Arikan Erciyas 2001 Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Studies in the Archaeology of Hellenistic Pontus: The Settlements, Monuments, and Coinage of Mithradates Vi and his Predecessors.

William Aylward 2000 University of Wisconsin at Madison

The Roman Agora at Ilion and Its Predecessors

Susan McMullen Fisher 1999

Ceramics and Culture: The Archaic Finewares of Ilion

Susann Sowers Lusnia 1998 Tulane University

The Building Program of Septimus Severus at Rome, A.D. 193-211

Thea Smith 1995 University of Cincinnati/Xavier University

"Water Management in the Late Bronze Age Argolid, Greece"

Blanche Menadier 1995

"The Sixth Century B.C. Temple and the Sanctuary and Cult of Hera Akraia, Perachora"

Marina Sgourou 1994 Archaeological Service of Greece

"Attic Lebetes Gamikoi"

Vicktoria Sabetai 1993 Academy of Athens. Research Center for Antiquity.

"The Washing Painter: A Contribution to the Wedding and Genre Iconography in the Second Half of the Fifth Century B. C."

Elizabeth Kosmetatou 1993 University of Tulane

"The Public and Political Image of the Attalids of Pergamon: Studies on Inscriptions, Coinage, and Monuments"

Kimberle Calnan 1992 Drew University

The Health Status of Bronze Age Greek Women

Diane Fortenberry 1990 MacMillan Publishing Company, London. Editor of the MacMillan History of Art.

"Elements of Mycenaean Warfare"

Ruth Palmer 1989 Ohio University

"Wine in the Mycenaean Palace Economy"

See also Wine in the Mycenaean Palace Economy Liege: Universite de Liege, Histoire de l'art et archeologie de la Grece antique; Austin : University of Texas at Austin, Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory, 1994.

Fotini Metaxaki-Mitrou 1987

The expedition of Philip V to Asia Minor in 201/0 B.C.

See also 'Violence in the contio during the Ciceronian age,' AC 1985 LIV : 180-187

Melanie Domurad 1986

Matritech, Boston. Director of Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs.

"The Populations of Ancient Cyprus"

Diane Bolger 1985 University of Edinburgh

"Erimi-Pamboula: A Study of the Site in Light of Recent Evidence"

See also Erimi-Pamboula : A Chalcolithic Settlement in Cyprus. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 1988.

Myron Bikakis 1985

Archaic and Classical Imported Pottery in the Museums of Paros and Naxos

David Wilson 1984 University of Western Ontario

"The Early Minoan IIA West Court House at Knossos"

See also D.E. Wilson, "The Pottery from the West Court House at Knossos: Defining the Beginnings of Early Minoan IIA," American Journal of Archaeology 89 (1985) 355-356.

D.E. Wilson, "The Pottery and Architecture of the EM IIA West Court House at Knossos," Annual of the British School at Athens 80 (1985) 281-364.

Maria Iacovou 1984 University of Cyprus

"The Eleventh Century B.C. Pictorial Pottery of Cyprus"

See also The Pictorial Pottery of Eleventh Century B.C. Cyprus. Goteborg: P. Astrom, 1988.

Martha Demas 1984 J. Paul Getty Center

"Pyla-Kokkinokremos and Maa-Palaeokastro : Two Fortified Settlements of the End of the 13th Century B.C. in Cyprus"

See also Pyla-Kokkinokremos: A Late 13th-century B.C. Fortified Settlement in Cyprus, by V. Karageorghis and M. Demas. Nicosia: Published for the Republic of Cyprus by the Department of Antiquities, 1984.

Detective Work That Leaves No Footprints
by Robert Lee Hotz in Los Angeles Times, Thursday, November 16, 1995, pp. A1, A26, A27.

"Getty researchers are preserving an ancient African trail by reburying it. They are battling erosion, vandals - and controversy."

Since 1993 the Getty Conservation Institute has been working, at the request of the Tanzanian department of antiquities, to unearth, document and preserve the 3.6 million year old Laetoli footprints. Made of volcanic ash, the fragile footprints were being subjected to seasonal rains, disruption by plant roots, and were in possible danger of vandalism.

The Getty team, under the supervision of Martha Demas, has documented the site, created a digital map of the area, made more accurate casts of the prints, and then has re-buried the footprints. The burial consisted of two inches of sand, a layer of a special cloth designed to absorb water without allowing erosion, a distinctive layer of gray soil used as a marker for the site, another layer of sand, a sheet of woven fabric that has an herbicide incorporated into the cloth that is designed to leach out over the next eighty years, more soil, another sheet of material to block roots, a nylon sheet to retard erosion, and a final layer of soil.

Controversy lies in whether the footprints should eventually be taken from their original site and displayed and preserved in a museum. They are considered by some as being too fragile to move yet others believe that to leave them in the remote and unprotected location means that they will eventually succumb to the elements.

"Preserving the Laetoli Footprints" in Scientific American, September 1998
by Neville Agnew and Martha Demas

The 3,600,000-year-old footprints found 20 years ago in the Laetoli area of northern Tanzania vividly evoked how early human ancestors may have lived. To protect those tracks, scientists have now painstakingly reburied them. The authors, who led the conservation project, explain why and how it was done. In addition, with anthropologist Ian Tattersall and artist Jay H. Matternes, they describe how views of the footprint makers have changed.

Julie L. Bentz 1982 Attorney-at-law. Jenner and Block: Chicago.

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"Pottery at Ancient Corinth from Mid-sixth to Mid-fifth Century B.C."

Steliou Andreou 1978 University of Thessaloniki

"Pottery Groups of the Old Palace Period in Crete"

See also "Prokatarktikes paratirisis stis arhitektonikes fasis tu ikizmu tis Toumbas Thessalonikis," To arheoloyiko ergo sti Makedonia ke Thraki 3 (1989) 201-213.

Carol Winder Zerner 1978 American School of Classical Studies

"The Beginning of the Middle Helladic Period at Lerna"

See alsoWace and Blegen: Pottery as evidence for Trade in the Aegean Bronze Age, 1939-1989: Proceedings of the International Conference Held at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, December 2-3, 1989, edited by Carol Zerner, with Peter Zerner and John Winder.

Jack L. Davis 1977 University of Cincinnati

"Fortifications at Ayia Irini, Keos: Evidence for History and Relative Chronology"

See also Landscape Archaeology as Long-Term History: Northern Keos in the Cycladic Islands, by J.F. Cherry, J.L. Davis, and E. Mantzourani. Los Angeles: Institute of Archaeology, 1991.

Gloria Pinney 1976 Harvard University

"Prolegomena to a Study of Archaic Attic Red-figure"

See also G. Ferrari (Pinney), I vasi attici a figure rosse del periodo arcaico. Roma : G. Bretschneider, 1988. [Materiali del Museo archeologico nazionale di Tarquinia 11. Archaeologica 73].

Ian McPhee 1973 LaTrobe University

"Attic Vase-painters of the Late 5th century B.C."

See also Greek Red-figured Fish-plates, by Ian McPhee and A.D. Trendall. Basel: Vereinigung der Freunde antiker Kunst, 1987. [Antike Kunst. Beihefte 14]

John G. Younger 1973 University of Kansas

"Towards the Chronology of Aegean Glyptic in the Late Bronze Age"

See also The Iconography of Late Minoan and Mycenaean Sealstones and Finger Rings. Bedminster, Bristol: Bristol Classical Press, 1988.

Giannes Th. Malakases 1973 University of Ioannina, Greece

France as a protecting power in Greece

Leslie Elizabeth Preston 1972 Wabash College

House F: A Building of the Late Bronze Age at Ayia Irini on Keos

See also Geraldine C. Gesell, Leslie Preston Day, and William D.E. Coulson, "Excavations at Kavousi, Crete, 1989 and 1990," Hesperia 64 (1995) 67-120.

Joan Tarlow Haldenstein 1972

Little Master Cups: Studies in 6th Century Attic Black-Figure Vase Painting

Karen Lauter Feinberg 1971

The survival of Latin identity under Roman domination

A. J. Heisserer 1971 University of Oklahoma

Alexander and the Greek exiles

See also Alexander the Great and the Greeks: The epigraphic evidence(1980); Classical antiquities: the collection of the Stovall Museum (1986).

Elizabeth Tucker Blackburn 1970 

Middle Helladic Graves and Burial Customs

Elizabeth C. Banks 1967 University of Kansas

"The Early and Middle Helladic Small Objects from Lerna"

See also "Neolithic Tangas from Lerna," Hesperia 46 (1977) 324-339.

John E. Coleman 1967 Cornell University

"Kephala in Keos"

See also Kephala : A Late Neolithic Settlement and Cemetery. Princeton, N.J. : American School of Classical Studies, 1977.

Richard Eugene Mitchell 1965 University of Illinois

Rome's southern expansion and the introduction of coinage

See also Demands for Land Redistribution and Debt Reduction in the Roman Republic (1995), Patricians and plebeians: the origin of the Roman state (1990).

Elizabeth Schofield 1965 

"Aegean Pottery from Late Bronze Age Houses at Ayia Irini in Keos"

See also Ayia Irini: House A, by W. Willson Cummer and Elizabeth Schofield. Mainz on Rhine: Philipp von Zabern, 1984.

John C. Overbeck 1963 State University of New York at Albany

"A Study of Early Helladic Architecture"

See also Ayia Irini : Period IV. Mainz on Rhine: P. von Zabern, 1989-

William P. Donovan 1961 Macalester College

A Study of Early Helladic Pottery with Painted Decoration

Robert John Buck 1956 University of Alberta

Middle Helladic Mattpainted Pottery

See also: The excavations of San Giovanni di Ruoti. University of Toronto Press, 1994-

Emmett L. Bennett Jr. 1947 University of Wisconsin

"The Minoan Linear Script from Pylos"

See also The Knossos Tablets: A Revised Transliteration of All the Texts in Mycenaean Greek Recoverable from Evans' Excavations of 1900-1904, by Emmett L. Bennett, Jr., John Chadwick, and Michael Ventris, 2d ed. with corrections and additions by John Chadwick with the assistance of Fred W. Householder, Jr. University of London: Institute of Classical Studies, 1959.

John L. Caskey 1939 University of Cincinnati

"House VI F: A Building of the Sixth Settlement at Troy"

See also Troy : Excavations Conducted by the University of Cincinnati, 1932-1938, edited by Carl W. Blegen with the collaboration of John L. Caskey and Marion Rawson.

Cedric Gordon Boulter 1939 University of Cincinnati

The Providence Painter: A Study of Attic Red-figured Pottery

See also: Corpus vasorum antiquorum. [United States of America]. The Toledo Museum of Art. Toledo Museum of Art, c1976.

Jerome Sperling 1937 American School of Classical Studies at Athens

"Troy I"

See also "Kum Tepe in the Troad. Trial Excavation, 1934," Hesperia 45 (1976) 305-364.

The Classics Graduate Student Association has been created to serve as a community of support and cooperation for graduate students currently matriculating in the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati by providing them with opportunities for travel study, scholarly research, collaboration, and community outreach. Its other main goal is to help Classics graduate students organize themselves in a well-functioning community. Among other initiatives, it has created individual and targeted mentorship for incoming students. Finally, it can serve as an advocating body for graduate students within the UC Classics community. 

Classics GSA activities include:

  • Semi-annual invited guest lecturers
  • Graduate Student Colloquia
  • Provision for graduate student conference travel
  • Provision for graduate student research travel
  • Community outreach lecture program
  • Departmental social events


2022-2023 Classics GSGA Executive Board:

President: Rebecca Kerns
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Secretary: Cinzia Presti 
Treasurer: Callie Todhunter
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Diversity Officer: Giulia Paglione
Mentor Coordinator: Allie Pohler
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The following list of authors and works is intended as a guide for preparation for the comprehensive exams in Greek and Latin literature. Students may make substitutions to accommodate their own interests and previous reading, but the list provides an indication of the range of literature that all philologists should have worked through before taking the comprehensive exams. All substitutions must be approved in advance by the selected examiners.

The purpose of the comprehensive exams in Greek and Latin literature is to determine whether you control sufficient detail and breadth to be granted, upon satisfactory completion of a dissertation, a PhD in Philology. You will be asked to demonstrate knowledge such as other persons holding the PhD in Philology typically have, and you will be asked to synthesize and explain important literary and cultural concepts. For more information, you should consult the graduate advisor in Philology and Ancient History.

You will do some of the readings in the context of courses, but you are expected to complete the remainder of the readings independently starting from the very beginning of your graduate career. The summers, in particular, provide crucial blocks of time when you are expected to be working through the reading list either on your own or by forming a reading group.

Your preparation for the comprehensive exams should also include reading general handbooks on Greek and Latin literature, such as the Cambridge History of Classical Literature (2 vols.) and G.B. Conte, Latin Literature (1994). You should also acquaint yourself with secondary literature for each of the authors and works you read in consultation with faculty and your examiners. Throughout your readings, you should practice explicating these texts within their historical/cultural contexts and comparing them to other works written in the same or related literary genres.

It is expected that the readings will be prepared from the standard OCT or Teubner texts as available and that you use suitable commentaries as needed. Please consult with your professors if you have questions about selecting an edition or commentary.

I. Greek Readings in the original.

A. Archaic Period

Homer: Iliad 1, 3, 6, 9, 16-24; Odyssey 1, 5-12, 21-23; Hymns, one of the following: 2-5

Hesiod: Works and Days 1-382; Theogony 1-885

Lyric poetry: Selections in Campbell, 1982 plus Stesichorus Fr. 222b Davies

Presocratics: Selections in Kirk, Raven, Schofield for Anaximander, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles

Aeschylus: Oresteia and one other play

Pindar: Ol. 1, 2; Pyth. 1, 2, 4 and five other odes

B. Classical Period

Gorgias: Helen

Antiphon: First Tetralogy and DK 87, B44

Sophocles: AjaxOedipus TyrannusAntigone and two other plays

Euripides: MedeaHippolytusBacchae and two other plays

Herodotus: Book 1 and one other book

Aristophanes: AcharniansCloudsFrogs and one other play

Thucydides: Book 1.1-23; 7; and one other book

Plato: ApologyRepublic 6,7,10; Two additional major dialogues

Lysias: 12, and one other speech

Isocrates: Panathenaicus 175-end

Demosthenes: De Corona 168-end; Two additional speeches, one private and one public

Aristotle: PoeticsNicomachean Ethics I or Politics I

Menander: Dyscolus

C. Hellenistic Period

Theocritus: 1-7, 15, 22

Apollonius: Argonautica 3

Callimachus: Aetia Fr. 1; One hymn

Lucian: One dialogue, e.g. 26, 27, 28, 29 in OCT vol. 2

Plutarch: One life

II. Additional Greek Works to be read either in translation or in the original

Homer: all. Homeric Hymns: all. Hesiod: Works and DaysTheogony (entire). Aeschylus: all. Sophocles: all. Herodotus: all. Euripides: all. Thucydides: all. Aristophanes: all.

Anaximenes, Anaxagoras, Democritus: selections in Kirk, Raven, Schofield. Antiphon: Tetralogies. Isaeus: 2, 5. Xenophon: Hellenica 1-2, Memorabilia. Andocides: De mysteriis. Isocrates: Panathenaicus (entire), On the PeaceOn the Sophists. Plato: Republic (entire). Demosthenes: OlynthiacsPhilippics. Aristotle: Physics 1. Menander: EpitrepontesSamia. Theophrastus: Characters. Plutarch: Rise and Fall of Athens (Penguin = 9 Greek lives) and Life of Lycurgus.

III. Latin Readings

A. Early Latin

Ennius: Skutsch, Annales; Jocelyn, Tragedies. (Accius, Pacuvius etc. from Warmington.)

Plautus: AmphitruoCaptivi, one other play

Terence: All prologues and at least one play

B. Republican Latin

Lucretius: De rerum natura I, III

Catullus: Carmina omnia

Caesar: Bellum civile I and one other book of the Commentarii 

Cicero: Orationes: in Catilinam 1; pro CaelioPhilippic 2; and one

other speech; Epistulae: selection of D. R. Shackleton Bailey; Rhetoricade Oratore 1, Brutus or Orator; Philosophica: one short treatise or one book of a longer treatise

Sallust: Catiline or JugurthaHistoriae

Horace: Sermones I.1, 4, 9, 10; and at least three others; CarminaEpistulae I, Ars poetica

Livy: Ab urbe condita I, XXI, and at least one other book

Ovid: Amores I; Metamorphoses 1, 8, 15; Heroides: at least two letters; one further work (e.g. Tristia 1, Fasti 1, Ars Amatoria)

Propertius: Books I; III.1,3; IV, at least three poems

Tibullus: Book I

Vergil: BucolicsGeorgicsAeneid

C. Silver Latin

Lucan: Pharsalia I or VII

Petronius: 26-78, "Cena Trimalchionis"; and 85-87, 111-112, "Milesian Tales"

Seneca: at least one tragedy and 30-40 Teubner pages of prose

Pliny, Younger: Epistulae, at least 10

Suetonius: Two Vitae Caesarum

Tacitus: Annales I-VI; Historiae; one shorter work 

Apuleius: Metamorphoses: one book

Juvenal: Satirae 1, 3, 4, 7, 10