Stephen L. Dyson


Stephen Dyson.

Stephen L. Dyson


Stephen L. Dyson


Park Professor of Classics
SUNY Distinguished Professor
Professor Emeritus

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


  • PhD, Yale University, 1963
  • MA, Yale University, 1962
  • Diploma in Classical Archaeology, Oxford University, 1961

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 University 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 19th and 20th 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