Allaire Brisbane Stallsmith, Ph. D

Associate Professor     
History department                                                                                                                    
Towson University   
Towson MD  21252                                                                                                                                                    

Office: Liberal Arts 4225    
Office hours: MWF 12:00-1:00 and MW 2:00-3:00                                                                
Office phone: 410-704-2911                                    


Ph.D. 1976, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. 1970, Columbia University
B.A. 1968, Barnard College

Recent Publications:

2009: “Interpreting the Athenian Thesmophoria”, Classical Bulletin 84: 28-45
2008: “The Name of Demeter Thesmophoros,” Greek,Roman and Byzantine Studies 48:115-131.
Η υπογραφ του Βιτσντζου Κορνρου στον γιο Αντνιο, στη Μυρσνη, Amaltheia 38: 49-60.

Courses offered in Fall 2011

HIST 101: Introduction to Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
                  MWF 10:00-10:50       LA 4204
                  MWF 11:00-11:50        LA 4204


HIST 304: Ancient Greek Civilization
                  MW 3:30-4:45           




Course Descriptions:  Fall 2011

HIST 101: Introduction to Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations 

HIST 101 covers the entire history of western antiquity, beginning with man's transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture, ca. 8000-4000 BC, and ending with the fall of the Roman Empire in the west, in the fifth century AD. The geographical area that is covered extends from the British Isles in the northwest of Europe, to the Indus valley, the threshold of Asia. We will examine the rise of civilization in the ancient near east, in Egypt and Mesopotamia, and its descendants in Persia, Israel, and Anatolia. The second unit concerns the development of Greek civilization, its political and cultural innovations, and what it drew from the older civilizations to the east. The third unit will consider the rise of Rome and the development of the Roman empire, the largest single political entity ever to control the entire Mediterranean basin. The contributions of Roman civilization to the law, language, social order, and engineering and architecture of the European nations which descended from it will be examined. The course is offered every semester.

HIST 303: Alexander the Great and his Successors
    This course covers the short, fascinating life of Alexander, King of Macedon (356-323), and the Hellenistic period, which lasted from his death in 323 to 31 BC. We will study the kingdoms of his successors in  Greece and the near east, and the rise of Roman power, until the end of the last Hellenistic dynasty in 31 BC. The course also investigates aspects of Hellenistic culture and religion, such as Greco-Roman mystery cults, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Other courses, not offered in Fall 2011:

HIST 304: Ancient Greek Civilization
  We begin with the Bronze Age civilization of the Minoans on the island of Crete, discuss the Mycenaean Greeks, the Dark Age, the rise of the Greek city-states, the classical period, the career of Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic era, ending with the Roman empire's subjugation of the last independent Greek city-states. We will read important works of Greek literature and study the art and architecture of ancient Greece.

HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Study
HIST 300 introduces the student to the concepts and practices of history from the most in-depth research techniques to the most extensive meta-historical theories. There is no specific historical content in the course, although the student will read books on historiography, the history of historical writing. The main emphasis will be on the construction and completion of a 25-page research paper based on primary and secondary sources. This is an intensive writing course.

HIST 305: Roman Civilization
  The course begins with the various civilizations  (Etruscan, Phoenician and Greek) which influenced the early development of Italy and continues with the founding of the city of Rome (753 BC), and the growth of  Roman power in Italy. The institution of the Roman empire (31 BC) led to the conquest of the Mediterranean world. The immense size of that empire led to the founding of Constantinople by the emperor Constantine the Great (AD 324) and the division of the Roman empire into two states, east and west. We end with the barbarian invasions of the fifth century AD, which led to the deposition of the last Roman emperor in the West (AD 476)

HUMA 633: Comparative Biography: the Biography of Perfection
Graduate seminar
   Those men and women who have been attracted to the ideal of perfection, whether philosophers, pagans, Christians, Jews, Muslims or even atheists, have left us with personal descriptions of their quest for the sublime.  Writings by or about these heroic individuals present their life-long efforts to develop a program to achieve the state of grace, perfection, enlightenment – however it might be described in varying cultural contexts. Students will read eight core texts in the form of biography or autobiography, in addition to numerous articles and papers. A 25 page research paper is required, as well as numerous shorter reports.

HIST 484: Women in the Ancient World
    A study of the real lives of women in ancient Greece and Rome and the models presented to them by their divinities and heroines.

HIST 484: The Religion of Ancient Greece
    An examination of what the Greeks thought (their literature and philosophy) as well as what they did (their ritual practices) in attempting to relate to their deities

HIST 494: Travel Study in Crete
   This course is given during a two-week trip to Crete. Students will hear lectures on Cretan history, culture, ethnography, art, architecture and religion, and they will participate in field trips to archaeological sites, churches, fortresses, museums, and remote mountain villages. There will also be opportunities to experience the modern life of Crete. The course will cover the entire history of Crete, from the Neolithic (7000 BC) to the Minoan-Mycenaean, to the Iron Age  and through the Classical Greek and Roman periods, followed by the Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman periods, ending in 1912, when the island became part of the Greek nation. Each student must give a report on a site or topic assigned ahead of time by the Professor, and at the end of the trip, submit their Journal.

2012-2015        My Teaching Schedule       

Spring 2012 :     HIST 101 Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
                             HIST 305 Roman Civilization
Fall 2012:
           HIST 101 Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
                            HIST 304 Ancient Greek Civilization
Spring 2013:     HIST 101 Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
                            HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Study
Fall 2013:          HIST 101 Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
                            HIST 305 Roman Civilization 
                            HIST 484 The  Religion of Ancient Greece
Spring 2014:     HIST 101 Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
                            HIST 304 Ancient Greek Civilization
Fall 2014:          HIST 101 Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations 
                            HIST 303 Alexander the Great and His Successors
                            HIST 484 Ancient Biography
Spring 2015:     HIST 101 Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
                            HIST 305 Roman Civilization
Fall 2015:          HIST 101 Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
                            HIST 304 Ancient Greek Civilization
                            HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Study


Internet Ancient History Resources for Students

Web pages:

University Programs in Archaeology: for students thinking of graduate school

The Internet Classics Archive: Contains 441 ancient Greek and Latin sources in translation

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: a large collection of ancient texts and links to texts

The Atrium: articles about the ancient world, and translated texts

The Walters Art Museum: an excellent collection of ancient art in Baltimore

Diotima. Materials for the study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World: translated texts

Early Church Fathers: texts and translations

Ancient World Mapping Center:  Maps of the ancient world

In the Hall of Ma'at - weighing the evidence for Alternative History: articles by reputable archaeologists and historians in response to sensationalized works on 'Lost Civilizations'

Exploring Ancient World Cultures: articles, links and images of the ancient world

The Interactive Ancient Mediterranean: ancient maps to print out and use

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens: offers graduate study in classical archaeology and undergraduate study in the summer

Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe: The states of Europe depicted at the end of each century in 21 maps

The Parthian Empire: all about Rome's eastern rival, from 247 BC to AD 228

The Perseus Project: a library of study materials on ancient Greece, including maps, slides, and video. Also texts in Greek, Latin and English translation.

Pomoerium: links to bibliographies, journals, maps of the ancient world

Ancient Greek Tutorials: learn the pronunciation and accentuation of ancient Greek.

The Corinth Computer Project: Reconstructing the city plan and landscape of Roman Corinth

Archaeological Institute of America: supports archaeological excavation in the Classical world, as well as offering educational programs in the US.

Archaeology Magazine: publishes popular articles on archaeology.

ArchNet: a virtual library of archaeological sources on the web

The Institute of Nautical Archaeology: underwater archaeology explained

Directoris Imperatoribus Romanis; An encyclopedia of Roman emperors.

An Illustrated History of the Roman Empire: also links to other Roman sites

Catalhoyuk: Excavations of a Neolithic Anatolian Tell. The first urban center, ca. 7000 BC, in Turkey.

Ohio State Excavations at Isthmia: the sanctuary of Poseidon and its Roman mosaic

The Ancient City of Athens: photos and text

Scrolls from the Dead Sea: a description of the site of Qumran, its excavation and the scrolls.

Oriental Institute, University of Chicago: excavations in the near east, downloadable images