The NYU Department of Classics PhD track in Classical Archaeology combines rigorous training in either Greek or Latin together with coursework and dissertation research focused on the material culture of the Greek and Roman Worlds. This track is ideal for students with strong Greek or Latin who wish to prepare themselves for teaching careers in the histories and archaeologies of the Mediterranean and larger Greek and Roman Worlds.
The diversity and strengths of NYU faculty engaged in archaeological fieldwork, post-excavation analysis, and broader research on material culture make for a Classical Archaeology track with breadth in course offerings. Within the Classics Department, Joan Breton Connelly (Classical Archaeology), Barbara Kowalzig (Archaic and Classical Greece and the Mediterranean), Andrew Monson (Hellenistic World), Michael Peachin (Roman Empire), David Levene (Historiography), Raffaella Cribiore (Late Antiquity), Alessandro Barchiesi (Literary Texts and Cultural Production), David Konstan (Aesthetics, Beauty, Emotions), David Sider (Text and Image, Gender and Sexuality) and Peter Meineck (Mythology, Ancient Drama and Theaters) all engage with objects, images, monuments and their meanings. Archaeological evidence, works of art, inscriptions, papyri, coins, armor, medical instruments, maps and documents are taught within their full historical, economic, social, political, and religious contexts. Beyond the Classics Department, Archaeology students enjoy a wide array of seminars offered at NYU at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the Institute of Fine Arts, the Departments of History, Anthropology, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies, as well as programs in Museum Studies and Hellenic Studies within NYU.
Upper-level undergraduate proficiency in both Greek and Latin languages are required for entry into the Classics Department PhD program. Students following the Archaeology track will, however, have the option of choosing a “primary” ancient language and a “secondary” ancient language.
It is encouraged, though not strictly required, that incoming Archaeology students have at least one summer of fieldwork experience.
Archaeology students are required to complete both year-long Survey courses in Greek and Latin languages during their first two years of graduate studies, or have taken an equivalent graduate course beforehand. Completion of the Survey course in the “secondary” language will count for fulfillment of that language requirement. Following completion of the “primary” ancient language Survey course, students must pass an exam based on the Archaeology reading list for that language.
While Greek and Latin Composition courses are strongly recommended in preparation for exams, they are not required for the Archaeology track.
Students must complete 72 credits of coursework (18 courses) of which 24 (6 courses) must be completed in residence within the Classics Department. At least one Archaeology Seminar and one Ancient History Seminar must be taken within the Department of Classics. The remainder of credit requirements may be completed at the IFA, ISAW, consortium schools, and other NYU Departments.
3. Field Exams
Students must pass four Field Exams, two of which may be chosen from the following Archaeology field exams.
A. Aegean Prehistory and Greek Archaeology
B. Etruscan, Roman, and Late Antique Archaeology
One season of archaeological fieldwork or related internship (museum or cultural heritage work) in a program agreed upon with an advisor.
Recommended Language Exam Reading List for Archaeology Track
Andocides, On the Mysteries (ed. MacDowell)
Aristophanes, Acharnians, Wasps
Aristotle, Politics 1 and [Aristotle], Athenaion Politeia
Arrian, Anabasis, 1 book
Callimachus, Hymn 1, Aetia fr.110 (Pf.)
Cassius Dio, either book 53 or 54 or 55 or 56
Demosthenes, one Philippic
Herodas, one mime
Herodotus Book 1 AND one other
Hesiod, Works and Days
Homer, 12 books of Iliad and/or Odyssey
Isocrates, To Philip
Libanius, Oration 17
Lysias, 7 and 9
Pausanias, Book 1 (or another may be substituted)
Pindar, Ol. 1, 2, Isth. 7, Pyth. 3
Plutarch, one pair of lives (with the synkrisis, where available)
Theocritus, Idylls 15, 16, 17
Thucydides Book 1 and one other book
Xenophon, One book of Hellenica AND Oeconomicus 1-15
Ammianus Marcellinus, one book
Augustus, Res Gestae
Caesar, Gallic War 6
Cato, Rhodian Oration
Cicero, Cat. 1 Selected letters (S-B)
Columella, De Re Rustica Preface and Book 1
Horace, Odes 1.2, 1.12, 1.37, 3.1-6, 4.2, 4.4-6, 4.14-15; Carmen Saeculare; Satires 1.5, 1.6, Epodes 7, 16
Juvenal, Satires 3 and one other
Livy, any one book
Lucretius, DRN 4.1037-1287, 5.783-1457
Martial, one book
Ovid, Fasti any one book
Petronius, Cena Trimalchionis
Pliny the Elder, Natural History Book 35
Pliny the Younger, Letters (S-W abridged edition)
Sallust, Catiline PLUS the speeches and letters from the Histories
Seneca the Younger, De Clementia 1
Suetonius, Augustus OR Caligula
Tacitus, Annals 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 AND 13 or 14 or 15
Velleius Paterculus 2.46-131
Virgil, Eclogues 1, 5, 9, Georgics 1, Aeneid 4 books
Vitruvius, De Architectura Book 1 or 6