Department of Classics

Welcome, Professor Alex Walthall!

Wed, April 2, 2014
Welcome, Professor Alex Walthall!

We are pleased to announce that Alex Walthall will join the Department of Classics as Assistant Professor this fall! Alex comes from the University of Oregon, where he held the position of Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from Princeton University in 2013 and his B.A. in Classics and Archaeology from the
University of Virginia in 2004. He specializes in the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean region, particularly the archaeology of ancient Sicily. Since 2003, Alex has worked with the American Excavations at Morgantina (Sicily) and currently serves as the Field Director of the AEM's Contrada Agnese Project. In 2013, he directed the
first season of this multi-year research and excavation project, which investigates developments that occurred in the urban center between the 3rd and 1st centuries BCE.

Professor Walthall’s research has explored issues including the visual language of Hellenistic monarchy, the impact of agricultural taxation on trade and economic performance in the ancient world, and the relationship between numismatics and archaeology. His research has appeared in both peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes including “Magistrate Stamps on Grain Measures in Early Hellenistic Sicily,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 179:159-69. (2011); “Becoming Kings: Spartan Basileia in the Hellenistic Period,” in U. Gotter and N. Luraghi (eds.), Splendors and Miseries of Ruling Alone, (Studies in Ancient Monarchies, vol. 1), 129-63. Stuttgart. (2013); and a
forthcoming article in the American Journal of Numismatics entitled, “A Hoard Containing Late Republican Denarii from Morgantina (Sicily).” He is currently preparing his first book, based on his dissertation, “A Measured Harvest: Grain, Tithes, and Territories in Hellenistic and Roman Sicily.”

We are very excited to have Alex join the department; please join us in extending a warm welcome to him!

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