The University of Cincinnati Classics Department is one of the most active centers for the study of the Greek and Roman Antiquity in the United States. Thirteen full-time faculty members and four research associates specialize in Classical philology, ancient history, and archaeology, including Greek prehistory.
About thirty-five graduate students are in residence at any given time, while others spend a year or more abroad to study or conduct research. In the heart of the Department is the recently renovated Burnam Classical Library, the world's most comprehensive library for advanced research in Classics (with some 275,000 volumes). The department's Tytus Fellowships bring an additional nine to twelve researchers to the Department each year, in addition to many shorter-term visitors. About thirty undergraduate majors profit from the vibrant scholarly community, while an Outreach Program takes faculty and graduate students to more than 100 area schools each year. The department's lecture series, including those sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, attract audiences from the larger academic and lay community in the Cincinnati area. The Department edits an international scholarly journal, the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, as well as Nestor, a bibliographic resource for Aegean Prehistory, and sponsors continuing series of publications for Pylos, Keos, and Troy. Faculty organize or particiapte in archaeological fieldwork in Greece at Pylos, Knossos, and Isthmia, and the Athenian Agora, in Italy at Pompeii and Tharros in Sardinia, in Turkey at Gordion, and in Israel at Caesarea Maritima.
Presentation on 100 years of Archaeology by UC Classics at Urban Artifact in Northside as part of the "Science on Tap" series. Consider it Outreach. Kathleen will do the presentation, and Anna will bring some artifacts. All are welcome. Invite your classes (if they are 21 or older, of course)!
The Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure track position in Latin and ancient Greek language and literature at the level of Assistant Professor, to begin August 15, 2020. Evidence of a completed Ph.D. in Classics is required by May 1, 2020. Candidates must demonstrate, through their writing sample or published work, capacity for high-quality scholarly research in Latin and/or ancient Greek language and literature. They must have acquired the capacity to teach ancient languages at both undergraduate and graduate levels and to conduct successful undergraduate courses in classical civilization. The candidate should have a breadth of knowledge necessary to work successfully in an interdisciplinary department that educates students in philology, ancient history, and archaeology.
The Department of Classics offers BA programs in Classics and Classical Civilization and MA and PhD programs in Greek and Latin Language and Literature, Ancient History, Bronze Age Archaeology, and Classical Archaeology. It is housed together with the Burnam Classics Library, one of the largest and best collections of resources in Classics in the world, including an important collection of Byzantine and Modern Greek resources. Full information about the department can be found on our website: http://classics.uc.edu.
The committee will review applications beginning November 8, 2019, and, where possible, conduct interviews at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Washington D.C., January 2-5, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.
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Congratulations to the Troy team for the publication of Troy Excavation Project Final Reports: West Sanctuary I. This hefty 571 page volume presents the Archaic through Classical period remains from the West Sanctuary, first excavated by Blegen. The volume includes chapters by Carolyn Aslan on the Archaic period, Kathleen Lynch on the Classical period, and Mark Lawall on the Archaic and Classical amphoras. John Wallrodt did the handsome layout of the publication including image preparation, and Brian Rose and Kathleen Lynch did the final editing. John also shepherded the publication through its many stages of preparation.
We are excited to announce that our very own Kathleen Lynch is about to begin her work as a Getty Scholar, especially since she is the first UC scholar to receive this fellowship! This year’s Getty Scholars are examining the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651 through a number of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary projects. Kathleen’s own work will focus on Athenian pottery in the Achaemenid empire.
She shares with us: "My research project will examine the importation of Athenian-made ceramics to the Persian Empire, which reached from modern Turkey to Egypt and east to Armenia. During the 5th century B.C. Athenian potters produced high quality ceramic vessels decorated with elaborate figural imagery. These Athenian products found markets around the Mediterranean, including to the Persian world. Recent research persuasively shows that the Athenian potters designed some of their products—both shape and decoration—to appeal to non-Greek consumers in Italy. My project will explore the market for Athenian pottery to the east, to Persia, to ask if there are similar patterns of direct marketing. In this period, Athens and Persia were political enemies, yet it is clear that Persians used and valued Athenian pottery. In this light, what cultural function did the imported Athenian pottery have in the Persian world? Past scholarship has addressed the impact of Persian art on Athenian culture; this project will turn the tables and consider the impact of Athenian art on Persian culture."