Classical Archaeology

Classics and Classical Archaeology

The University of Chicago provides excellent resources for graduate students interested in the material and visual cultures of the ancient world.


Three members of the classics faculty have expertise and research interests in Classical Archaeol/ogy:

  • Alain Bresson is a Greek historian who makes extensive use of archaeological evidence in his research on the ancient Greek economy. He is the author of La cité marchande and a recent handbook on L'économie de la Grèce des cités.  
  • Jonathan M. Hall is a Greek historian with a strong interest in classical archaeology. He is the author of the award-winning Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture and Artifact and Artifice: Archaeology and the Ancient Historian.
  • Catherine Kearns is a classical archaeologist interested in the relationship between humans and environments. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming New Directions in Cypriot Archaeology and is working on a book project entitled Unruly Landscapes: Society and Environment on Ancient Cyprus.

The Classics Department closely cooperates with two faculty members in Art History, along with a faculty member in the Anthropology Department:

  • Jas' Elsner is a visiting professor from Oxford who specializes on the reception of Roman art. Among his many publications are Art and the Roman ViewerImperial Rome and Christian Triumph, and Roman Eyes: Visuality and Subjectivity in Art and Text.
  • Richard Neer is a classical archaeologist working on Classical Greek art and architecture. He is author of The Art and Archaeology of the Greek World (Thames & Hudson, 2011), The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture (Chicago, 2010), Style and Politics in Athenian Vase-Painting (Cambridge, 2002), and Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum, fasc. 7 (Getty, 1997).
  •  Michael Dietler is the author of Archaeologies of Colonialism and Consumption and Colonial Encounters in the Rhône Basin of France. He is co-director of excavations at Lattes (Languedoc), investigating Etruscan, Greek, and Roman colonial encounters in southern France. His teaching interests include archaeology and ethnoarchaeology, colonialism, material culture, economic anthropology, and Celtic Studies.


Each term, the Classics and Art History Departments offer several courses on material and visual culture. Every year, there is also a travel seminar. This seminar has two parts: a graduate seminar in Chicago and an extended trip to the ancient world. Airfares and accommodation are funded by the university.


  • Money in Ancient Greece from Homer to Alexander
  • The Archaeology of the Roman Economy
  • Greek Art and Archaeology
  • Art and Aesthetics in the Hellenistic World
  • Art and Death in Ancient Greece and Rome

Travel Seminars:

  • Summer 2011: Italy and Sicily
  • Summer 2008: Greek Sculpture (Greece)
  • Winter 2008: Roman Painting (Rome and the Bay of Naples)
  • Summer 2007: Asia Minor Seminar (Turkey)