Megan Daniels

Assistant Professor

Research Classification

Research Interests

Archaeology of Greece and the broader eastern Mediterranean
Late Bronze Age to Hellenistic Period
Ancient religion, sanctuaries, votive objects
Cross-cultural interaction
Ancient economies and trade
Divine kingship
Digital/data science approaches to the ancient world, particularly ancient religion
Migration and mobility across Eurasia
Phoenician culture
Ceramic analysis

Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs

Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.
I am interested in working with undergraduate students on research projects.

Research Methodology



Master's students

Ancient Mediterranean, 3000-100 BCE; ancient Greek religion; ancient economies, trade, and exchange; migration and mobility in the ancient Mediterranean; cross-cultural interaction in antiquity; archaeological ceramics; diversity and inclusion in teaching ancient history and archaeology

I support experiential learning experiences, such as internships and work placements, for my graduate students and Postdocs.
I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).
I am interested in supervising students to conduct interdisciplinary research.

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Herakles at the ends of the Earth (2022)

No abstract available.


  • Heracles and Melqart (2021)
    The Oxford Handbook of Heracles,
  • Review of Venus and Aphrodite: a biography of desire (2021)
    Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews,
  • Zooarchaeological evidence for meat consumption at Zita, Tunisia, during the Punic to Roman occupations (2nd century BCE to 3rd century CE) (2019)
  • Aphrodite Pandemos at Naukratis Revisited: The Goddess and Her Civic Function in the Context of an Archaic Emporion (2018)
    Journal of Greek Archaeology,
  • Review of Jeffrey P. Emanuel, Black Ships and Sea Raiders: The Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Context of Odysseus' Second Cretan Lie (Lexington Books 2017). (2018)
    Bryn Mawr Classical Review,
  • Annexing a Shared Past Roman Appropriations of Hercules-Melqart in the Conquest of Hispania (2017)
    Rome, Empire of Plunder The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation,
  • Black Athena 30 Years On: Why Bernal Still Matters to Classics (2017)
  • Review of Corinne Bonnet, Laurent Bricault, Quand les dieux voyagent: cultes et mythes en mouvement dans l'espace méditerranéen antique. Histoire des religions. Genève: Labor et Fides, 2016. Pp. 314. ISBN 9782830915969. €29.00 (pb). (2017)
    Bryn Mawr Classical Review,
  • The Queen of Heaven and a Goddess for All the People: Kingship, Religion, and Cultural Evolution between Greece and the East (2016)
    Stanford University,
  • Alternative Academics: Moving Beyond the Academy (2015)
    Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies,
  • Sacred Exchange: The Religious Institutions of Emporia in the Mediterranean World of the Later Iron Age (2014)
    Urban Dreams and Realities in Antiquity: Remains and Representations of the Ancient City,

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