Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity
Master of Arts
From the pyramids to the Colosseum, from Mount Olympus to Jerusalem, the Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies offers a unique opportunity to link past, present, and future by exploring the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. We critically engage with the study of the languages, literature, history, religion, law, and material culture of the lands and peoples centred around the Mediterranean and the Tigris-Euphrates river system, and the reception and representation of these culture to the modern day. Our remarkably diverse faculty includes world experts who teach and research on every aspect of the cultures of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome, including their influence on modern religion, literature, and art.
Our programs are student-centered and responsive to individual interests, designed to develop relevant skill sets to prepare our students for future employment and study. By collaborating with other departments around the university, we also connect students to a range of subjects and faculty while providing a welcoming and supportive home for their time at UBC.
|Bablitz, Leanne||Roman history, Roman law, Roman courtrooms, , Roman social history and law, Roman topography, Roman legal procedure|
|Cooper, Elisabeth||Archaeology of greater Mesopotamia|
|Cousland, Robert||classical Greek mythology, Jewish-Hellenistic litereature, Greek mythology and religion, religion and comporary music, film and literature|
|Daniels, Megan||Classical religion; 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|
|de Angelis, Franco||Ancient Greek world history, environment, urbanism, developmnet of societies, colonization, economics, ancient literature|
|Fisher, Kevin||Prehistoric archaeology; Anthropology; Archaeological theory; Archaeometry; Archeological Data Analysis; Archeological Excavation Methods and Techniques; architecture; built environments; digital archaeology; Dynamics of Social Transformations; Mediterranean archaeology; Near Eastern archaeology; power; Social Life / Societal Life; social interaction; Urban Spaces and Urbanity; urbanism|
|Gardner, Gregg||Judaism, Rabbinic Literature, Rabbinic Judaism, Mishnah, Talmud, Jewish Studies, Jewish Law, Jewish Ethics, Charity, Jewish Ethics, Archaeology of Israel, Archaeology and Hebrew Bible, Archaeology of Jerusalemn|
|Griffin, Michael||Greek philosophy, Ancient philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Proclus, Neoplatonism, Ancient logic|
|Huemoeller, Katharine||Classical Greek and Ancient Rome history; Classical archaeology; Classical linguistics; Religion and religious studies; Ancient law (in theory and in practice); Documentary texts; gender and sexuality; Non-urban life in antiquity; Roman social history; Slavery (ancient and comparative)|
|Keddie, George Anthony||Religion, Ethnicity, and Economy in the Roman East; Apocalypticism in Judaism and Christianity; Jewish and Christian Material Culture and Epigraphy; Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha; Archaeology of Roman Palestine; Urban Contexts of Christian Origins; Classical Ethiopic (Ge'ez) Language and Literature; Theory and Method for Religious Studies and Social History|
|Marshall, Christopher Warren||Cinema studies; Classical Greek and Ancient Rome history; Classical archaeology; Classical linguistics; Film, television and digital media; Religion and religious studies; Literary or Artistic Works Analysis; Performance and Theatrical Productions|
|McCarty, Matthew||archaeology and art of the Roman Empire and Iron Age Europe/North Africa; ancient religion and ritual practice; interplays between texts, practices, and objects; imperialism, colonialism, and identity in the ancient world; interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, comparative (especially comparison with Qin/Han China), and theoretical approaches; historiography of archaeology|
|McElduff, Siobhan||Literary or Artistic Work Analysis; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; Popular Cultures Produced and Broadcasted by Media; Translation History (pre-modern); Translation and gesture; Cheap literature and classical reception; Book history (18th, 19th centuries); Ballads|
|Milstein, Sara||Classical Greek and Ancient Rome history; Classical archaeology; Classical linguistics; Religion and religious studies; biblical and cuneiform law; Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Studies; History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses; literary history of the Bible; Literary or Artistic Works Analysis; Mesopotamian literature; Near Eastern scribal culture; Religious Contexts|
|Schneider, Thomas||Egyptian history and phonoly|
|Yoon, Florence||heralds and the representation of the absent; anonymity and naming, particularly in Greek Tragedy; props and silent characters in Greek drama|
The book undertakes a comprehensive study of early rabbinic (2nd-3rd century CE) views on wealth, poverty, and charity, in light of comparative contexts drawn from Greek, Latin, and early Christian writings, archaeological finds, and even a bit of economic theory. The cover features the mosaic...
Dr. Tara Mulder joined the next episode of the Peopling the Past podcast to talk about what a Roman birth may have looked like for different classes of people, who would have been a midwife and what their role was, and how things have changed or stayed the same regarding women and pregnancy from...
The CSBS Scott Award has been awarded to Dr. Sara Milstein for her recent book, Making a Case: The Practical Roots of Biblical Law. This award recognizes an outstanding book in the areas of Hebrew Bible and/or the Ancient Near East, written in English or French by a member of the CSBS and published...
Megan Daniel’s edited volume, Homo Migrans: Modeling Mobility and Migration in Human History has just been published through SUNY Press! This publication stems from her year-long post-doctoral fellowship at SUNY Buffalo, where she organized an international conference on the topic. The volume...