Maria Papaioannou

Associate Professor - Director of Centre for Hellenic Studies mariap

Maria Papaioannou is an associate professor in classical archaeology whose teaching interests (at the graduate and undergraduate levels) cover a broad range of topics from the material remains of the Greco-Roman world: social history, urbanism & landscape, private and public architecture, painting and mosaics, pottery and the archaeological sciences. She provices an experiential learning environment by incorporating a hands-on approach to the study of antiquity, affording students the opportunity to work with 'ancient sherds' or 'hit the streets' to document/photograh elements of classical architecture in the modern cityscape.

She has also been involved in a number of archaeological field projects in Greece: Dion, Mytilene, Stymphalos and Abdera. Her research interests focus on the urban and rural domestic remains of Roman Greece, including the development of the Roman villa and villa culture in the Aegean region, and in general the theoretical approaches to the study of housing. Of particual interest are the political and cultural contacts between Greeks and Romans and how these may impact the layout and adornment of domestic space, a project for which she is currently preparing a manuscript.

More recently, with funding from SSHRC (2015) she has incorporated Terrestrial Laser Scanning into her research of an insula of houses from Abdera (2016) and the early, 5th century, Christian Basilica on the island of Kalymnos (2017). For her earlier work at Abdera she received an Archaeological Institute of America Publication Grant and as Fellow in the Art of the Roman Provinces Project (2011-2013) sponsered by the Getty Research Institute and Brown University, she has contributed an Aegean perspective to the Romanization debate.

Beyond the classroom and academia she is interested in bringing archaeology to the public and has been actively involved in establishing, as founding member and first president, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) New Brunswick Chapter, chartered in 2008. She was elected Society Trustee for the Archaeological Institute of America Governing Board in 2012, and currently serves as a Board Member of the Canadian Institute in Greece. 

BA (Archaeology) University of Thessaloniki
MA (Classical Archaeology) and Ph.D (Classics) University of British Columbia

Department of Classics and Ancient History

Department Chair (acting)
Undergraduate Advisor in Classics, Classical Archaeology and Classical Studies
Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, UNB

Current Field Projects:

SSHRCC Grant: Terrestrial Laser Scanning of an Insula of Houses at Abdera (June 2016) and an Early Christian Basilica of Christ of Jerusalem on the island of Kalymnos (2017)

Selection of undergraduate and graduate courses / seminars offered:
ARCH/CLAS 1323 Discovering Ancient Civilizations
ARCH/CLAS 2333 "To Dig is to Explore": Approaches to Classical Archaeology
CLAS 3333 From Kingship to Democracy: The Art and Archaeology of Greece
CLAS 3343 Archaeologies of the Roman Empire: Art, Landscapes and Memories
CLAS 4303/CLAS 6303 Exploring Athens / Topography and Monuments of Athens
CLAS 4333/CLAS 6403 Greek and Roman Housing
CLAS 5013/CLAS 6413 Topics in Classical Archaeology: The Bronze Age

Selection of Publications:

Book chapter:
Chapter XVII. Villas in Roman Greece. in G.P.R. Métraux, and A. Marzano (eds.), Roman Villas in the Mediterranean Basin, Cambridge (USA) (forthcoming).

"A synoecism of cultures in Roman Greece," in S E Alcock, M. Egri, and J. F. D. frakes, Beyond Boundaries. Connecting visual Cultures in the Provinces of Ancient Rome, Getty Publications (2016) 31-45

“East meets West: The Pottery evidence from Abdera,” Bollettino di Archeologia on Line, Volume Speciale C/C9/5 (2010) 53-65.

“The Evolution of the atrium House: A Cosmopolitan Dwelling in Roman Greece,” Urban Living in the Eastern Mediterranean 4th century BC – 1st century AD, Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (2010) 81-115.

"The Roman domus in the Greek World," The British School at Athens Studies 15 (2007) 351-61.

Books in preparation:

Roman Peristyle House 1 from Abdera, The Archaeological Society of Athens publication.
Houses and Households of Roman Greece; a political and cultural perspective.

Book Reviews:

Rebecca Sweetman, The Mosaics of Roman Crete, Cambridge University Press, 2013, reviewed in Journal of Roman Studies, vol. 105 November (2015) 361-362.

Contact Information:

Maria Papaioannou

Office: Carleton 209B
Phone: (506) 458-7508