Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity
Master of Arts
From the pyramids to the Colosseum, from the Olympic Games to Mecca, our department offers a unique opportunity to link past, present, and future by exploring the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. Our remarkably diverse faculty includes world experts who both teach and research every aspect of the cultures of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome, including their influence on modern religion, literature, and art. Adjunct faculty in Philosophy and at the Vancouver School of Theology add to the diversity of our research interests, while members of our faculty are cross-appointed with History, Philosophy, and the Institute for Social Justice.
|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||Classical Greek and Ancient Rome history; Classical archaeology; Classical linguistics; Religion and religious studies; 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|
Society of Biblical Literature Press has published two new volumes co-edited by Dr. Tony Keddie, also featuring essays by Prof. Keddie. The first, The Struggle over Class: Socioeconomic Analysis of Ancient Christian Texts, co-edited with Michael Flexsenhar III and Steven J. Friesen, “brings...
Congratulations to Dr. Sara Milstein on the publication of her new book, Making a Case: The Practical Roots of Biblical Law (Oxford UP, 2021). Description from the publisher: Outside of the Bible, all of the known Near Eastern law collections were produced in the third to second millennia BCE, in...
Toph Marshall has been awarded a four-year Insight SSHRC grant to work on a project called Comic Routines in Roman Comedy. The chief goal of the project will be to produce a monograph documenting repeated physical routines across the 20 plays of Plautus and 6 plays of Terence, and the extant...
The Department congratulates Dr. Tony Keddie and Dr. Florence Yoon on their promotions to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2021. We are thrilled to have them as tenured members of the Department and look forward to many more years of research innovation and excellent teaching from them!