Meet Our Lecturers

Dr. Thomas Morton is Visiting Assistant Professor with the Growth and Structure of Cities Department at Bryn Mawr College.  He holds his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), and Pennsylvania State University, and his field of study is ancient Roman architecture and urbanism, particularly that of North Africa.  He has participated in archaeological projects in North Africa (Carthage) and Italy (at Villa Magna) and conducted field research all around the Mediterranean. His recent publications include "Constructed Landscapes: Designing Urban Centers in Roman Africa" in Beyond Boundaries: Connecting Visual Cultures in the Roman Provinces, (S. Alcock, M. Egri, and J. Frakes, eds., Getty Publications, 2016), and forthcoming works include "Punic and Roman Architecture and Urbanism” in the Blackwell Companion to North Africa in Antiquity (R. Hitchner), and Individuality within Regularity: Designing Architecture and Urbanism in Roman Africa (in progress).

Joanne Murphy is Associate Professor with the Department of Classical Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She holds her degrees from the University of Cincinnati (Ph.D.), and University College Dublin, and her fields of study are Greek archaeology, archaeological methods and theory, the archaeology of religion, and the archaeology of mortuary systems.  She is Director of the Kea Archaeological Research Survey, and Co-director of the restudy of the Pylian tombs.  Publications include Prehistoric Crete: Regional and Diachronic Studies on Mortuary Systems (edited volume, INSTAP Academic Press, 2011), Ritual in Archaic States (edited volume, University Press of Florida, forthcoming August 2016), and Death and Palaces: A Detailed Study of Pylian Tombs (in preparation).

Bill Murray was born in State College, Pennsylvania, and grew up as a "townie," next to Penn State University, where his father was head of the History Department. In the 1960s, Murray's parents bought a 30-foot sloop and spent summers in the Virgin Islands living aboard with their three kids. Murray learned how to dive, saw first-hand the influence of the sea over those who live along its shores, and faced shipwreck more than once. When he went to Penn State, and then Penn, he became captivated by Greek and Roman culture and decided to move to Greece to study ancient port cities for his Ph.D. dissertation. Ever since learning of the discovery of a complete warship ram just south of Haifa in November 1980, Murray has been obsessed with extracting evidence from the weapon to understand ancient galley warfare.  He is now is the Mary and Gus Stathis Professor of Greek History and the Director of the Ancient Studies Center at the University of South Florida, and recent publications include The Age of Titans (2012, Oxford University Press).  Professor Murray is a past AIA Norton Lecturer, and was the 2013/2014 AIA Bass Lecturer.

Dimitri Nakassis is Associate Professor with the Department of Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder, and was previously with the University of Toronto.  He holds his degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D. and M.A.), and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (B.A.), and  his areas of specialization include Greek archaeology, especially the Late Bronze Age, Linear B  and early writing systems, and survey archaeology.  Professor Nakassis is co-director of the Western Argolid Regional Project, and his recent publications include KE-RA-ME-JA: Studies Presented to Cynthia W. Shelmerdine, co-editor, (Prehistory Monographs 46, INSTAP, 2014), and Individuals and Society in Mycenaean Pylos (Mnemosyne Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity 358, 2013).  Professor Nakassis was named a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Fellow for his work on transforming our understanding of prehistoric Greek Societies.

John Oakley is Chancellor Professor and Forrest D. Murden Jr. Professor in the Department of Classical Studies, College of William and Mary in Virginia. He received his degrees from Rutgers University, and his interests are in Greek art and archaeology, Greek vase-painting, and Roman sarcophagi. He has conducted fieldwork at Wroxeter and Kelvedon in England, the Via Gabina in Rome, and Corinth and Khania (Crete) in Greece. Professor Oakley was the Mellon Professor at the American School (2005-2008), an NEH Fellow, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Wuerzburg, a Mellon Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is a Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute. Among his books are monographs on the Phiale Painter, Achilles Painter, Athenian White Lekythoi, and Attic Roman mythological sarcophagi, and current publications include The Greek Vase -- the Art of the Storyteller (British Museum Press 2013), and Athenian Potters and Painters, volumes I -- III (co-editor for volumes I and II, Oxford University Press 1997, 2009, and 2014).  Professor Oakley was an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer in 2009/2010.


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