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D. Alex Walthall

Assistant Professor PhD 2013, Princeton University

D. Alex Walthall

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Biography

Alex Walthall specializes in the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean region, particularly the archaeology of ancient Sicily. His dissertation, “A Measured Harvest: Grain, Tithes, and Territories in Hellenistic and Roman Sicily (276–31 BCE),” utilizes archaeological, numismatic, and epigraphic material as a means of documenting political consolidation and economic development in eastern Sicily from the rise of the Syracusan monarch Hieron II to the island’s absorption into the Roman Empire.

He earned a B.A. in classics and archaeology from the University of Virginia in 2004 and has worked with the American Excavations at Morgantina in eastern Sicily since 2003. Serving as a senior field supervisor since 2007, he has worked on excavations in the agora and the North Bath complex. In 2011, he directed excavations in the West Granary which recovered archaeological material that helped refine the chronology of a monumental storage building constructed in the city’s agora during the third century BCE. 

Alex’s research has also explored issues ranging from the visual language of Hellenistic monarchy and the impact of agricultural taxation on trade and economic performance in the ancient world to the relationship between numismatics and archaeology. 

Current Research

Alex currently serves as field director of the Contrada Agnese Project (CAP) at Morgantina, a long-term excavation and research project which investigates developments that occurred in the urban center of Morgantina between the 3rd and 1st centuries BCE. For the latest updates and preliminary reports on the CAP excavations, click here

With Malcolm Bell, Alex is currently collaborating on the publication of the Central Shops at Morgantina, a suite of commercial establishments that was razed around the middle of the third century BCE to accommodate the construction of monumental steps in the agora. Together with Tom Groves, he is preparing the final publication of nearly one thousand coins recovered in excavations at the site between 1982 and 2014. He is also at work on a book based on his dissertation.

Selected Publications

“Becoming Kings: Spartan Basileia in the Hellenistic Period,” in Splendors and Miseries of Ruling Alone: Encounters with Monarchy from Archaic Greece to the Hellenistic Mediterranean, ed. N. Luraghi (Steiner Verlag, 2013).

“A Hoard Containing Late Republican Denarii from Morgantina (Sicily),” American Journal of Numismatics 25 (2013).

“Magistrate Stamps on Grain Measures in Early Hellenistic Sicily,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 179 (2011).

Interests

Archaeology of ancient Sicily, Numismatics, Hellenistic monarchy

C C 307D • Intro To Roman Archaeology

32180 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 930am-1100am WAG 201
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This course is an introduction to the art, architecture, and archaeology of the ancient Romans from the beginnings of the city of Rome in the early Iron Age to late antiquity.  It focuses on major developments in Roman material culture, particularly artworks, buildings, and cities.  Material will be presented chronologically and students will see and evaluate artifacts in light of their cultural precedents.  After completing this course, students will be able to understand major Roman sites, monuments, and artworks in their cultural and chronological context and to offer an analysis based on art-historical and archaeological principles.

This course carries a Global Cultures flag and fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.  It also fulfills the Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought Course area requirement.

GK 507 • First-Year Greek II

32575 • Spring 2015
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1100am WAG 10
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This course continues the introduction to reading Ancient Greek begun in Greek 506.  Starting with a brief review, we shall complete the basic grammar and move on to read passages from various Greek authors.

Daily assignments covering grammar, vocabulary, composition, and translation will enable the diligent student to acquire a firm grasp of Attic Greek.  Regular attendance is essential.  Evaluation will be based on participation, homework, weekly quizzes, and three tests and a final.

Prerequisite:  Greek 506 or equivalent (i.e. one semester of Greek).

This course can be counted for partial fulfillment of foreign language requirements.

C C 307D • Intro To Roman Archaeology

33255 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am WAG 201
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This course is an introduction to the art, architecture, and archaeology of the ancient Romans from the beginnings of the city of Rome in the early Iron Age to late antiquity.  It focuses on major developments in Roman material culture, particularly artworks, buildings, and cities.  Material will be presented chronologically and students will see and evaluate artifacts in light of their cultural precedents.  After completing this course, students will be able to understand major Roman sites, monuments, and artworks in their cultural and chronological context and to offer an analysis based on art-historical and archaeological principles.

This course carries a Global Cultures flag and fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.  It also fulfills the Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought Course area requirement.

C C 380 • Archaeol Hellenistic Kingdom

33375 • Fall 2014
Meets T 330pm-630pm WAG 10
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This course brings participants into contact with the material culture of Hellenistic kingship and the principal kingdoms that developed following the death of Alexander III (i.e. Seleukid, Attalid, Ptolemaic, Antigonid). In each meeting we will focus on a different theme, discussing relevant scholarship and material evidence. Participants will leave the course having gained exposure to abiding questions and topics surrounding the study of Hellenistic kingdoms as well as to recent developments in the fields of Hellenistic history, archaeology, epigraphy, and numismatics.

Topics to be addressed in seminar include:

- defining a kingdom

- kings + cities

- public architecture + urbanism

- the “royal economy”: taxes and trade

- ruler cult- royal coinage: iconography and minting habits

- looking like a king: portraits and personalities

- writing like a king: royal letters

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