University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Bernard, Seth, Ph.D.

Seth Bernard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Classics Department, University of Toronto
Elected: 2008 (Ancient History Graduate Group)

Seth earned his B.A. in Classics at Amherst College in 2003 and graduated with a Ph.D. in Ancient History from Penn in 2012. He was a Fulbright Fellow and Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies (2004–2005) and a Rome Prize Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (FAAR 2011). He has worked on excavations at Ancient Corinth in Greece, in eastern Morocco, and Villa Magna near Anagni in Italy. He has also worked with the Greek and Roman collection at the Metropolitan Museum and the Yale Art Gallery. During his time at Penn, he was named a Dean's Scholar in 2010, and he also received a Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students. Since graduating, he was a postdoctoral AIA/DAI fellow at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut in Berlin and taught in the Classics Department at Swarthmore College from 2012 to 2014. Starting in Fall 2014, he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Classics Department at the University of Toronto.

Seth's interests lie broadly in the social and economic history of the Roman world, with a particular emphasis on the Republican period. His dissertation at Penn, which he is currently preparing as a book, was entitled "Men at Work: Public Construction, Labor, and Society at Middle Republican Rome, 390–168 BCE." The project focuses on the role of the public construction industry in transforming Rome's urban society and economy during the middle Republican period, c. 400–150 B.C.E. Articles on more or less related themes have appeared or are appearing in the Journal of Roman Archaeology, Papers of the British School at Rome, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, Mnemosyne, and the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, as well as several edited volumes and conference proceedings.


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