Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

Each year the University Research Council (URC) awards grants to faculty for research projects. This year three Classics faculty received grants:

  • Peter van Minnen for the publication of the Keos series of excavation monographs
  • Susan Prince for a new history of ancient cynicism
  • Kathleen Lynch for her research at the archaeological site of Gordion

Two of our faculty members are featured in the Arts & Sciences McMicken Monthly web magazine for their work that will be presented at the 2011 annual AIA/APA meetings this month.

gutzwillermenanderKathryn Gutzwiller is an invited speaker at the APA (American Philological Association) Presidential panel where she will present her research on newly discovered mosaics in Antioch which display portions of lost works of the playwright Menander.


Kathleen Lynch will be presenting at the Gold Medal Session of the AIA (Archaeological Institute of America). There she will outline how the changes in the design of drinking vessels in ancient Greece are an indicator of changing political, social, and economic shifts.

The 107th meeting of CAMWS (The Classical Association of the Middle West and South) will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan in early April 2011. Four of our graduate students will be delivering papers at that conference.

Andrew Connor
"Loave's Labors Lost: Loving the Dead in Herodotus' Histories" 

UC Classics Will be Well Represented at the Annual AIA/APA Conference in January
The annual Archaeological Institute of America/American Philological Association meeting will have nine speakers from UC Classics. The following papers will be presented:

Natalie Abell
"The Beginning of the Late Bronze Age at Ayia Irini, Kea: A Ceramic Perspective from House B"

During Period VI, the first part of the LBA at Ayia Irini, the population expanded and construction began on several important buildings, including Houses A, B, and F. The influence of Minoan culture -- evident in architectural features of House A, ceramics, and other objects -- is apparent. Yet, the period is not comprehensively defined, and phasing within it is vague. A firm chronology and an analysis of ceramic consumption patterns, of Minoan as well as other imports, is required in order to elucidate the role of Ayia Irini in Aegean exchange patterns.

Defined on the basis of ceramic imports, Period VI begins with the appearance of LM IA and LH I styles, and ends with the arrival of LM IB/LH II pottery. This definition has been expanded only slightly since it first was put forward by Jack L. Caskey in 1972 (Hesperia 41.3, 391-93, fig. 13, pls. 92-3). Analysis of finds from House B, which preserved several well-stratified deposits of Period VI, thus provides a welcome opportunity to re-examine the nature of Period VI assemblages. Since pottery from many different parts of the Aegean – Crete, mainland Greece, Aegina, and other Aegean islands – has been identified at Ayia Irini, new information from House B will encourage and facilitate reinterpretation of ceramic assemblages and sequences at many other sites as well. It will also document more concretely the far-flung exchange networks in which the residents of Ayia Irini participated.

The 2017 edition of the Blegen Bulletin is hot off the press.


The adventurous wouldn’t dare miss an opportunity to experience Kamenica, a mysterious and diverse burial mound in Albania that carries nearly seven centuries of history. But the site itself was in jeopardy of dying until University of Cincinnati Classics alum Ols Lafe came to the rescue.

Thanks to Lafe the U.S. State Department is now aiding the preservation of this late Bronze Age treasure in Kamenica through its Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. 

As the director for cultural heritage at the Albanian Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, Lafe helped secure funding to preserve the Tumulus of Kamenica, a rare and important piece of Albanian heritage.


Read the rest of the profile in the McMicken monthly here.

Steven Ellis' Pompeii excavations are being featured in a new National Geographic series called When Rome Ruled. The series is described as:

This major new series takes in the most iconic names and places of Roman history but shows how we are now seeing them in a different way. We join the experts uncovering the lives of the working class during Pompeii’s last twenty-four hours in a newly excavated area of the city; discover the secrets of Rome’s engineers through new finds made during the construction of a new metro tunnel under Rome; see the real face of Caesar with a bust recently found under the River Tiber; and reveal the secret of Rome’s military success through lost weapons and letters written on waxed tablets on the frontline of the Empire. And we uncover fresh takes on key events such as the invasion of Britain, the destruction of Pompeii and the opening of the Colosseum.

The area of Pompeii being excavated by UC is focused on an entire neighborhood just inside one of the main gates to Pompeii, the Porta Stabia. The trailer for the series is below and shows Dr. Ellis talking about the site and gives a very brief view of the CGI reconstructions of the block. See more about the Porta Stabia excavations at Pompeii here.

The series starts on December 12. The Pompeii episode airs December 13.


Classics undergraduate minor Ann Marie Maly's recent trip to Greece as part of the College Year in Athens program is profiled on the A&S website.