C. Brian Rose, Ph.D.
James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology, Department of Classical Studies
Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Faculty Coordinator, Kolb Society of Fellows
Date appointed: 2007
C. Brian Rose earned his B.A. at Haverford College in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in 1978; he received his M.A. (1980), M.Phil. (1982), and Ph.D. (1987) from Columbia University's Department of Art History and Archaeology. He taught in the Classics Department of the University of Cincinnati from 1987 to 2005, as Full Professor and Cedric G. Boulter Professor of Classical Archaeology (2000–2005), and Department Head (2002–2005). He is the James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, as well as the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Penn Museum. He is a past Vice President of the American Research Institute in Turkey, a past President of the Archaeological Institute of America (2007–2010), and a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the Samuel Kress Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Research Institute in Turkey. In 1994 he received the Max Planck Prize for scientific research, administered by the Alexander Humboldt Foundation, along with colleague Manfred Korfmann of the University of Tuebingen. He was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2011 and was the Lucy Shoe Merrit Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the fall of 2011. In 2012 he began serving as faculty coordinator of the Kolb Society.
Prof. Rose excavated at Aphrodisias, Turkey for five years (1980–1984). Since 1988 he has headed the post-Bronze Age excavations at Troy in northwest Turkey. He also serves as the English language editor of Studia Troica, the annual journal of the Troy excavations. He is co-director of Penn Museum's long-term fieldwork at Gordion, collaborating with Kenneth Sams of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Mary Voigt of William and Mary College. He is particularly interested in Gordion's lower city and outer settlements. Since 2004 he has been the director of the Granicus River Valley Survey Project (Biga, Turkey), which focuses on recording and mapping the Graeco-Persian tombs of the area. His research has also concentrated on the political and artistic relationship between Rome and the provinces.
Prof. Rose has published numerous articles and the volume Dynastic Commemoration and Imperial Portraiture in the Julio-Claudian Period, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Recently he edited The New Chronology of Iron Age Gordion and The Archaeology of Phrygian Gordion, both in press at the University of Pennsylvania Museum Press. He is currently finishing the final publication of the architecture and architectural decoration of the Roman houses at Troy.
Prof. Rose also has a strong commitment to the preservation of cultural heritage. He highlights the issues of looting, the black-market trade in art and antiquities, and damage to archaeological sites through public outreach programs. He has given numerous public lectures about archaeology in both national and international forums, and has organized major conferences and symposia that bring together government officials and archaeologists. He has focused on two key areas: Afghanistan and Iraq. Working with the U.S. Central Command, he established a cultural heritage lecture program at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, for soldiers scheduled to serve in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has also hosted soldiers at the Penn Museum and organized events to further education about archaeological conservation in these war-torn areas. Recently, Brian Rose toured Afghanistan, meeting with officials and lecturing on aspects of cultural heritage.