Stephen L. Dyson

Stephen L. Dyson

Park Professor of Classics, University at Buffalo SUNY Distinguished Professor

Phone: 645-0457


Graduate Degrees:

  • Diploma in Classical Archaeology, Oxford University.
  • MA, Ph.D. Yale University.

Expertise/research interests:

  • History and archaeology of the City of Rome, archaeology of Roman Italy and the western empire, history and theory of archaeology, Roman social history, the Roman countryside.

Selected Publications:

  • The Creation of the Roman Frontier (Princeton University Press, 1985).
  • Community and Society in Roman Italy (Johns Hopkins Press, 1992).
  • Ancient Marbles to American Shores (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998).
  • The Roman Countryside (Duckworth, 2003).
  • Eugenie Sellers Strong: Portrait of an Archaeologist (Duckworth, 2004).
  • In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts: A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Yale University Press, 2006).
  • Shepheds, Sailors, and Conquerors¬† ( Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 2007)
  • Rome: A Living Portrait of an Ancient City¬† (Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Un iversity Press. 2010 )

Offices in Professional Organizations:

  • President-Archaeological Institute of America.
  • Book Review Editor-American Journal of Archaeology.
  • President-Classical Association of the American Academy in Rome.

Honors and Awards:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship.
  • Director, Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome.
  • Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for College and University Teachers-Buffalo, Rome.
  • Mellon Professor-Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome.

Research projects:

  • A Diachronic Study of the History and Archaeology of Sardinia.
  • The Archaeological Development of the Medieval Site of Capalbiaccio, Italy.
  • An Archaeological and Social Historical Profile of Ancient Rome.
  • Archaeology and Ideology in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Rome.
  • A Biography of the Nineteenth Century Journalist, Archaeologist, and Photographer, William J. Stillman.


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grants for Archaeological research.

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Archaeology and Rediscovery of the Classical World; The History of the Roman Republic; Roman Imperialism; Roman Archaeology 1.

Graduate Courses:

  • Livy; Tacitus; The Roman Countryside; The Western Roman Empire; Roman Numismatics; The Topography and Social History of Ancient Rome; The History of Classical Archaeology; The Greater Roman Historians: Roman Historiography from Gibbon to Moses Finley,From Constantine to Charlemagne.

Curriculum Vitae