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||Archeological Data Analysis; Archeological Excavation Methods and Techniques; Dynamics of Social Transformations; Urban Spaces and Urbanity; Social Life / Societal Life; Near Eastern archaeology; Mediterranean archaeology; built environments; architecture; urbanism; digital archaeology; social interaction; power|
|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||Roman social history; Slavery (ancient and comparative); Documentary texts; gender and sexuality; Ancient law (in theory and in practice); Non-urban life in antiquity|
|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||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||Religious Contexts; Literary or Artistic Works Analysis; History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses; Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Studies; literary history of the Bible; Near Eastern scribal culture; Mesopotamian literature; biblical and cuneiform law|
|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 CNERS Department welcomes our newest colleague, Dr. Megan Daniels, who officially took up the position of Assistant Professor of Greek Material Culture on July 1, 2020. Megan Daniels joins UBC from her previous position as lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of...
The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies is pleased to announce that Franco De Angelis’s new edited volume A Companion to Greeks Across the Ancient World is out. Franco De Angelis (ed.), A Companion to Greeks Across the Ancient World (=Blackwell Companions to the Ancient...
The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies is pleased to announce that Matt McCarty’s coedited volume The Archaeology of Mithraism: New Finds and Approaches to Mithras-Worship has been released as a BABesch supplement. In exploring a Persianate cult in the Roman Empire, the...