Steven Ellis

Steven Ellis

Associate Professor

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Professional Summary

Steven Ellis (PhD Sydney, 2005) is a Roman archaeologist whose research activities and publications spring from his interests in ancient cities and urban life.  He has conducted fieldwork principally throughout Italy and Greece, but with other field activities in Spain, Portugal, France, Morocco, and Algeria.  Steven directs the University of Cincinnati's excavations at both Pompeii (the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia) and Tharros, Sardinia (the Tharros Archaeological Research Project); and co-directs (with Eric Poehler) the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project and (with Timothy Gregory) the 'East Isthmia Archaeological Project' in Greece.  The results of these activities are a range of publications that cover field reports to synthetic works, on diverse topics across the field of Classics such as Roman retail spaces; urban waste management; Greek and Roman superstitions; Roman coins; site formation processes; urban and sacred infrastructure; movement in cities; social structures and their hierarchies, especially the urban sub-elites; the use of new technologies in archaeological fieldwork; and the Roman fish-salting industry.  In 2011 he edited ‘The Making of Pompeii: studies in the history and urban development of an ancient city’ (JRA suppl. 85, Portsmouth, RI), while in 2018 he published 'The Roman Retail Revolution' with Oxford University Press.  The recipient of several major grants and fellowships (from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, National Geographic, and the 'Rome Prize' from the American Academy in Rome), his forthcoming work includes a multi-volume publication on the Pompeii excavations.  Steven is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. 

Full CV is available    

Education

PhD, University of Sydney Sydney, 2005 (Classical Archaeology)

Research Support

2007 Department of Information Technology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan $5000 Type:Grant

2007 Department of Classical Studies Research Award, University of Michigan $650 Type:Grant

2006 University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) $1740 Type:Grant

2006 Ubiquity International Type:Grant

01-2005 Archaeological Institute of America $455 Type:Grant

01-2004 Archaeological Institute of America Dorot Foundation Travel Award $386 Type:Grant

08-2003 Postgraduate Research Support Scholarship $2000

2003 Italian Government Scholarship $4500

2003 Ph.D. Student’s Research Support Scheme $873

2003 Hellenic Club Research Scholarship in Classical Archaeology $2315

2003 Kath O’Neill Scholarship $1400

2002 Carlyle Greenwell Research Scholarship $3000

04-07-2001 Postgraduate Researcher’s Conference Travel Expense Grant $750

2001 Carlyle Greenwell Research Scholarship $7000

2001 Postgraduate Research Support Scholarship $700

2000 James Kentley Memorial Scholarship $1500

2000 W.C. Wentworth Travelling Fellowship $1750

Australasian Centre for Italian Studies Research Grant $5000

Abbreviated Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

with Devore, G. (2006). Towards an understanding of the shape of space at VIII.7.1-15, Pompeii: preliminary results from the 2006 season. The Journal of Fasti Online (71), 1-15.

with Devore, G. (2005). New Excavations at VIII.7.1-15, Pompeii: A brief synthesis of results from the 2005 season. The Journal of Fasti Online (48), 1-10.

with Allison, P.M., Fairbairn, A., & Blackall, C.W. (2005). Extracting the social relevance of artefact distribution in Roman military forts. Internet Archaeology (17).

(2004). The distribution of bars at Pompeii: archaeological, spatial and viewshed analyses. Journal of Roman Archaeology (17), 371-384.

(2004). The Pompeian Bar: archaeology and the role of food and drink outlets in an ancient community. Food and History (2), 41-58.

‘Two Seasons of Excavations at VIII.7.1-15 and the Porta Stabia at Pompeii, 2005-2006’ (with Devore, G.) in: Rivista di Studi Pompeiani 18, Roma 2007, 119-128.  

Other Publication

Mattusch, C. Donohue, A., & Brauer, A. (2006). Finding a bar in Pompeii: a new approach to an old problem. Common Ground: Archaeology, Art, Science, and Humanities: Proceedings of the XVI International Congress of Classical Archaeology 377-381.

Book

The Making of Pompeii: Studies in the history and urban development of an ancient town (Editor: JRA Supp. Series 85) Portsmouth, R.I. 2011.

Book Chapter

‘Pes dexter: Superstition and state in the shaping of shop-fronts and street activity in the Roman world,’ in: David Newsome and Ray Laurence(Eds),Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space, London 2011, 160-173. 

‘The rise and reorganization of the Pompeian salted fish industry,’ in The Making of Pompeii: Studies in the history and urban development of an ancient town (Edited by Steven J.R. Ellis, JRA suppl. 85, 2011) 59-88.

‘Integrating Legacy Data into a New Method for Studying Architecture: A case study from Isthmia, Greece’ (with Gregory, T.E., Poehler, E.E., Cole, K.R.) in: Internet Archaeology 24, 2008, http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue24/ellisetal_index.html.

‘Procedures for Measuring Women’s Influence: Data translation and manipulation and related problems’ (with Allison, P.M., Faulkner, P., Fairbairn, A.) in: Internet Archaeology 24, 2008, http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue24/allisonetal_index.html.

‘The use and misuse of ‘legacy data’ in identifying a typology of retail outlets at Pompeii’ in: Internet Archaeology 24, 2008, http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue24/ellis_index.html.

‘Uncovering Plebeian Pompeii: Broader implications from excavating a forgotten working-class neighbourhood’ (with Devore, G.) in: Nuove ricerche archeologiche nell’area Vesuviana (scavi 2003-2006), Roma 2008, 309-320.  

Electronic Journal

‘The 2010 field season at I.1.1-10, Pompeii: preliminary report on the excavations’, (co-authored with A. Emmerson, A. Pavlick, and K. Dicus) in The Journal of Fasti Online 220, Roma 2011, 1-17, http://www.fastionline.org/docs/FOLDER-it-2011-220.pdf

‘The 2010 Season of the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project: The Western Side’, (co-authored with Eric Poehler), in The Journal of Fasti Online 218, Roma 2011, 1-10,
http://www.fastionline.org/docs/FOLDER-it-2011-218.pdf

‘The Fifth Season of Excavations at VIII.7.1-15 and the Porta Stabia at Pompeii: Preliminary Report’ (with Devore, G.) in:The Journal of Fasti Online 202, Roma 2010, 1-21, http://www.fastionline.org/docs/FOLDER-it-2010-202.pdf

‘The Fourth Season of Excavations at VIII.7.1-15 and the Porta Stabia at Pompeii: Preliminary Report’ (with Devore, G.) in:The Journal of Fasti Online 146, Roma 2009, 1-19, http://www.fastionline.org/docs/FOLDER-it-2009-146.pdf

‘The Third Season of Excavations at VIII.7.1-15 and the Porta Stabia at Pompeii: Preliminary Report’ (with Devore, G.) in: The Journal of Fasti Online 112, Roma 2008, 1-15, http://www.fastionline.org/docs/FOLDER-it-2008-112.pdf.

Review

‘A new Pompeian textbook’, a review of Dobbins, J.J. and Foss, P.W. (eds) The World of Pompeii (London 2007) in: Journal of Roman Archaeology 21, 2008, 450-457.  

Encyclopedia Article

‘Italy’ in: The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece and Rome vol. 4, (Edited by Michael Gagarin; section Editor, David Potter), Oxford 2010, 93-97. 

‘Samnites’ in: The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece and Rome vol. 6(Edited by Michael Gagarin; section Editor, David Potter), Oxford 2010, 203-204.

‘Sardinia’ in: The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece and Rome vol. 6(Edited by Michael Gagarin; section Editor, David Potter), Oxford 2010, 218-219.

‘Vesuvius’ in: The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece and Rome vol. 7(Edited by Michael Gagarin; section Editor, David Potter), Oxford 2010, 178-179.

Presentations

Lecture

(03-06-2007. )Archaeology in Pompeii: A ‘behind-the-scenes’ account of the major discoveries and new directions in the rediscovery of an ancient Roman city’ (Invited Lecture at exhibit ‘A Day in Pompeii’ .Mobile, Alabama.

(02-27-2007. )The Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia’ .UK.

(02-16-2007. )The role of non-elites in the shaping of urban space: mapping patterns of social activity and habit in the Roman city’ .University of Texas at Austin.

(02-11-2007. )Social Patterns in the Pompeian Urban Fabric: Discovering bars, restaurants, and houses in a new excavation project at Pompeii’ .Wellesley College.

(02-06-2007. )The role of non-elites in the shaping of urban space: mapping patterns of social activity and habit in the Roman city .University of California – Los Angeles.

(01-29-2007. )The role of non-elites in the shaping of urban space: mapping patterns of social activity and habit in the Roman city .Michigan State University.

(01-26-2007. )The Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia .Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo ON, Canada.

(01-24-2007. )The role of non-elites in the shaping of urban space: mapping patterns of social activity and habit in the Roman city .University of Cincinnati.

(01-23-2007. )Social Patterns in the Pompeian Urban Fabric: Discovering bars, restaurants, and houses in a new excavation project at Pompeii .University of Western Ontario, London ON, Canada.

(12-04-2006. )Recent trends and new directions in Roman archaeology .University of Windsor, ON Canada.

(03-28-2006. )The Emperors and their people in 2nd century Rome .John Cabot University, Rome.

(03-27-2006. )Social Patterns in the Pompeian Urban Fabric: Discovering bars, restaurants, and houses in a new excavation project at Pompeii .John Cabot University, Rome.

(03-24-2006. )New excavations at Roman Pompeii: The discovery of a 'lost' Pompeian neighborhood .University of Georgia, Athens GA.

(02-17-2006. )Social Patterns in the Pompeian Urban Fabric: Discovering bars, restaurants, and houses in a new excavation project at Pompeii .University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA.

(01-25-2006. )The Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia .University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI.

Paper Presentations

with G. Devore (01-07-2008. )Plebs versus the city: the competition for space between public and private interests at Pompeii’ .Chicago.

(06-17-2007. )Vernacular architecture at panhellenic sanctuaries: a case study from Isthmia’ (Half a Century on the Isthmus .The American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

with G. Devore (02-02-2007. )New excavations near the Porta Stabia at Pompeii, VIII.7.1-15’ (Nuovo ricerche archeologiche nell’area vesuviana .Palazzo Venezia, Rome.

(01-07-2006. )Building a new excavation project at Pompeii .Montreal.

(01-09-2005. )Reading Roman Retail: toward the first archaeological typology of bars at Pompeii’ .Boston.

with Jones, R.F.J., Robinson D.J. (01-09-2005. )The origins of Pompeian domestic architecture: new evidence from the House of the Surgeon .Boston.

(10-08-2004. )Visualising complex data sets: the mapping of cities using GIS’ (Integrating the Database and the Map) .Australian National University, Canberra.

(06-26-2004. )In search of the urban masses: the role of retail food and drink outlets in the archaeology of Roman lower class housing’ (Ancient Houses – New Methodologies) .Nederlands Instituut te Rome, Roma.

(01-04-2004. )Reconsidering Roman Bars: an archaeological typology of Roman food and drink outlets .105th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Francisco.

(10-10-2003. )The Pompeian bar and the city: Defining food and drink outlets and identifying their place in the urban environment .Centre for Archaeological Research, Australian National University, Canberra.

(08-25-2003. )Finding a bar in Pompeii: a new approach to an old problem .Boston.

(2000. )Life in the bars: the emergence of commercial properties .Philadelphia.

Positions and Work Experience

09-2007 -To Present Asst. Professor of Classics, Roman Archaeology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati

08-2005 -08-2007 Lecturer in Classical Archaeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Keywords

Roman, Roman Archaeology, Pompeii, Isthmia, Classics, Ancient History,

Research and Practice Interests

Roman urbanism and social history; ancient architecture; Greek and Roman art and archaeology; iconography of daily life; technological applications in the study of the ancient world; and the excavation of complex urban sites.