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Ancient Studies Center

The Ancient Studies Center has been established to provide enrichment opportunities for students of history and all related disciplines engaged in the study of the ancient Mediterranean world. The Center aims to encourage the study of history, ancient languages, literature, archaeology, philosophy, religion and culture.

Summer Study Abroad Fellowship

The Ancient Studies Center in the Department of History announces its 2017 Fellowship opportunities for summer study abroad programs.  Follow these links for further information and for an application. Deadline for submission of application materials is 3 PM on Friday 3/10/17. 

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Archaeological Institute of America, Tampa Bay Society

With support from the Ancient Studies Center, the Tampa Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America offers lectures on various topics of archaeological interest that are free and open to the public. Visit the website of the national organization:

Upcoming Events:

“The Tsountas House Shrine, Early Greek Religion
and the Cult Center at Mycenae”

by Dr. Kim Shelton
(AIA Joukowsky Lecturer; Dept. of Classics, Univ. of California at Berkeley)

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017:         Time: 6 pm (reception at 5:30)          Place: CWY 109, USF

Architecture in Late Bronze Age Greece is marked by impressive palaces and fortifications, but identifying and interpreting religious structures and ritual spaces has been a challenge to archaeologists and scholars. The Cult Center at Mycenae is a foundation for our understanding of Mycenaean religious architecture and ritual, and the speaker examines its evolution from possible origins through multiple phases of construction, use and destruction. Attention is given to the Tsountas House Shrine, the earliest structure of its kind at Mycenae, and to its unique and fascinating finds. The early development of Greek religion can be traced through elements of ritual, votive artifacts and a shift in use which brought the Center within the sphere of palatial control.


“Knocking on the Gates of Thebes: Reconstructing the Military Expeditions of the Nubian Classic Kerman Kings of Sudan” 
by Dr. Elizabeth Minor
(Wellesley College) 

Thursday, March 2, 2017:  Time: 6 pm (reception at 5:30)     Place: CWY 109, USF

Excavations of burials in the Nubian capital of Kerma (Sudan) that date to the Classic Kerma period (1700-1550  BCE) reveal the complex interrelationships between Nubia and Egypt at a time when Egypt’s pharaohs were losing power and territory during the Second Intermediate Period. An increased concentration of Egyptian and Egyptianizing items in the Kerman tombs of this period indicate that the political rivalry between these two cultures did not prevent, and indeed may have increased interregional interaction. Was this increase in imports, and even monuments, from Egypt the result of cooperation or coercion? At a time of aggressive expansionist policy by Kerman kings, do these Egyptian artifacts represent exotic spoils of war?


All lectures are free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Ancient Studies Center, the Classical Society and the Dept. of History at USF. USF is located on Fowler Ave. east of I-275 and west of I-75(enter at Leroy Collins Dr.). For directions and parking information, go to and click the link for “Visit USF”. CWY (Bill Young Hall) is on the east side of the campus, north of the Sun Dome. For further information, contact Bill Murray at (Tampa Bay Society president) or Suzanne Murray at (Tampa Bay Society Secretary/Treasurer). For directions, contact  the Department of History (813-974-2807), or visit the USF website at . Updates will be posted on the History web page:

Upcoming: There are lectures still in the planning stages for late March and April. Notifications will be sent when we have details.