Across two departments,
History and Classics, UCSB has no fewer than five professors who identify their
primary research area as Greek or Roman History. Greek History of the Archaic
and Classical periods is covered by Profs. Jordan and Lee, whose specializations
include history of land and naval warfare, historiography, archaeology and
epigraphy, ethnic identity and religion. Prof. Morstein-Marx focuses on
Republican Rome and the Early Principate, with occasional forays into
Hellenistic history; special interests include historiography, oratory,
political theory, Roman topography and monuments.
In addition, several
scholars in these two departments and others work and teach in closely related
areas: Roman society (
Profs. Erickson, Lee and
Yegül are actively associated with excavations in
There are two graduate programs in Ancient History at UCSB, both of which award the M.A. and Ph.D. Both programs boast a low faculty-student ratio, extensive opportunities for faculty-student interaction, and a cohesive graduate student community.
Elizabeth De Palma Digeser (Ph.D. Santa Barbara): Late Antiquity; late Roman philosophy and theology; late Roman law; paganism and Christianity; identity.
Harold A. Drake (Ph.D.
Brice Erickson (Ph.D. University of Texas):
Frances V. Hickson-Hahn (Ph.D. University of North Carolina): Roman religion; Livy.
John W.I. Lee (Ph.D.
Cornell): Classical and Hellenistic
Jo-Ann Shelton (Ph.D. Berkeley): Roman society; Roman imperial literature.
Tony Barbieri-Low (Ph.D., Princeton University, 2001): Ancient China, Chinese Archaeology, and Epigraphy
Christine M. Thomas (Ph.D. Harvard): Religions of the Roman Empire; early Christianity; Early Church history; archaeology of religions; oral and written modes in antiquity.
Fikret K. Yegül (Ph.D. Harvard): Greek and Roman art; architectural history.
Faculty in Related Fields
Stuart Smith (archaeology of Egypt and Nubia, culture contact and imperialism, ceramic analysis)
Phillip Walker (physical anthropology, Indo-European ethnography)
Apostolos Athanassakis (Greek poetry, classical linguistics)
Francis Dunn (Greek drama, Latin poetry, narrative theory)
Dorota Dutsch (Roman Comedy, Greek New Comedy, women in the ancient world)
Sara Lindheim (Latin poetry, critical and feminist theory)
Robert Renehan (Greek and Latin literature, textual criticism, Greek philosophy and medicine)
Voula Tsouna (ancient philosophy)