Barbara Burrell

Faculty of Humanities

Barbara Burrell

Department of Classics

Associate Professor, Roman Archaeology
B.A. (New York University), M.A. (Harvard University),
Ph.D. (Harvard University)

Mailing Address:
Department of Classics
Brock University
St Catharines ON L2S 3A1 CANADA

Phone: 905 688 5550 ext. 4821
Fax: 905 984 4589

Teaching 2011-2012:

  • on sabbatical July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012

Research Interests:
Dr. Burrell has dug at sites across the Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy (where she recently led the Brock Archaeological Practicum, digging at the Villa Arianna in Stabiae), Greece, Turkey, and Israel (as Field Director for the Promontory Palace Excavations at Caesarea Maritima). Her field is Roman imperial architecture, art, and history, with a subspecialty in ancient coinage.  She is fascinated by the interaction between governmental centers and provincial cities (especially the imperial cult), with current projects exploring the interpretation of ancient architecture and the expanding use of exotic colored marbles in Rome and across the Mediterranean.

Selected Recent Publications:

on emperor worship

  • Neokoroi: Greek Cities and Roman Emperors (Cincinnati Studies in Classical Antiquity n.s. vol. 9, Leiden: Brill, 2004).
  • "False Fronts: Separating the Imperial Cult from the Aedicular Façade in Roman Asia Minor" in American Journal of Archaeology 110 (2006) 437-469

on architecture and its reception

  • "Phrygian for Phrygians: Semiotics of 'Exotic' Local Marble" Acta of the Ninth International Conference of the Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones In Antiquity, Tarragona (Spain), 8-13 June 2009 (forthcoming)
  • "Reading, hearing, and looking at Ephesos" in the Semple Symposium volume, Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome, edited by W.A. Johnson and H.N. Parker (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) 69-95

 on coins and culture

  • "A Hoard of Minimi from Sardis and the Currency of the Fifth Century C.E." in Revue Numismatique 163 (2007) 235-282
  • "Small Bronze Hoards at Late Fifth Century C.E. Sardis" in Love for Lydia: A Sardis Anniversary Volume Presented to Crawford H. Greenewalt, Jr.: Sardis Report 4, edited by N.D. Cahill (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2008) 159-169

on Caesarea

  • "Herod's Caesarea on Sebastos: Urban Structures and Influences" in Herod and Augustus: Papers Presented at the IJS Conference, 21st-23rd June 2005 , edited by D. M. Jacobson and N. Kokkinos (Leiden: Brill, 2009) 117-233, 407-408, 452
  • With K. Gleason et al.: "The Promontory Palace at Caesarea Maritima: Preliminary Evidence for Herod's Praetorium" in Journal of Roman Archaeology 11 (1998) 23-52

Recent Lectures:

  • Ninth International Conference of the Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones In Antiquity, Tarragona (Spain), June 2009: "Phrygian for Phrygians: Semiotics of 'Exotic' Local Marble" (with H. Parker)
  • Anita Krause Bader Lecture in Mediterranean Archaeology, for the Archaeological Institute of America at University of Georgia at Athens, November 2009: "Marble and Messages at Ephesos"
  • As National Lecturer of the Archaeological Institute of America, 2009/2010: "Becoming a God in Rome," Spokane WA and "Marble and Messages at Ephesos," Eugene OR
  • Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, April 2010: "Conquering Nature: Herod the Great and the Building of Caesarea"



Caesarea Maritima Excavations at the Promontory Palace 
Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies

Barbara Burrell holding a book and gesturing as she explains something

Classics Events

Archaeological Illustration Course
February 19, 2016 - 10:00am - February 21, 2016 - 1:00pm