The UBC Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern studies community takes advantage of the unique, interdisciplinary nature of our department in our research.

We have research strengths in:

  • The material culture and history of Greater Mesopotamia, the Bronze Age Mediterranean, Egypt, Palestine, Sicily, and the Roman Empire.
  • Greek and Roman culture, Greek philosophy, Greek and Latin literature, and Greek mythology
  • Hebrew Bible studies, Jewish studies, and early Christian history and literature.
  • Aspects of gender, law, economy, politics, urbanism, performance, ethnicity, and social status in ancient Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman civilizations.
  • Historiography, receptions of the ancient world, and digital approaches to the past.

The Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies has an outstanding record for research. Our faculty members are internationally recognized for their contributions to scholarship in their fields. Some of the honours our faculty have received in recent years:

  • Canada Research Chair: Susanna Braund, 2007-
  • Canada Council for the Arts Killam Research Fellow: Susanna Braund, 2016-18
  • Distinguished University Scholar: Franco De Angelis, 2004-
  • Peter Wall Scholars: CW Marshall, 2014/15, Sara Milstein, 2018/19