Hilary Becker

Hilary Becker

Contact Information

Email:   hbecker@binghamton.edu
Office:  Library Tower (LT) 503

 

 

 


Current Position

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Previous Positions

  • The University of Mississippi. Assistant Professor of Classics. 2012-2016.
  • Davidson College, Department of Classics. Visiting Assistant Professor. 2010-2012.
  • American Academy in Rome, Summer Program in Archaeology. Assistant Director. 2010.
  • Oberlin College, Department of Classics. Visiting Assistant Professor. 2009-2010.
  • Washington and Lee University, Department of Classics. Visiting Assistant Professor. 2008-2009.
  • The College of William & Mary, Department of Classical Studies. Visiting Assistant Professor. 2007-2008.

Research Interests

Etruscan, Roman, and Greek art and archaeology; ancient economy; ancient warfare; pigment trade; Latin and Etruscan epigraphy.

Courses Taught

(Some of the courses taught include): Latin at all levels; Roman economy; Roman, Greek and Etruscan archaeology; Ancient art; Ancient Warfare; Who Owns the Past; Daily Life in Greece and Rome.

Education

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology, May 2007
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. M.A. in Classical Archaeology, May 2002.
Bryn Mawr College, A.B. magna cum laude with departmental honors, May 1999.               Major:  Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology; Minor: Latin.

Teaching Awards and Grants

  • Humanities Teacher of the Year, University of Mississippi. 2015.
  • Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen. 2015. University of Mississippi. (One awarded annually).
  • Random Acts of Kindness Award from the Student Alumni Council. University of Mississippi. 2015.
  • Faculty Summer Stipend Competition for a Course Development Grant for ““Who Owns the Past?”: Ethics in Archaeology.” Sally Barksdale Honors College, University of Mississippi. Summer 2013. $4,000.
  • Professor Props, “Favorite Mentor Nominee”. Nominated by first-year students at Oberlin College. 2010.

Research Awards and Fellowships

  • NEH Summer Stipend for book project, “Commerce in Color”. Summer 2016. $6,000.
  • Franklin Research Grant for book project and research travel, “Commerce in Color”. American Philosopical Society. Summer and winter 2016. $6,000.
  • National Science Foundation Grant. “State Formation and Urbanization in EIA Rome: Investigating the Role of the Exchange and Human-Environment Interactions.” Co-principal Investigator, Area Sacra di Sant’Omobono Project, Rome. 2013-2015. Grant no. 1259122. $244,484.00.
  • The Arthur and Joyce Gordon Fellowship in Latin epigraphy at the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies at The Ohio State University. July 2014. $1,500.
  • Summer Research Grant from the Liberal Arts College, University of Mississippi. Summer 2013 and 2014. $15,000.
  • Faculty Travel Support, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, University of Mississippi. $750 (Summer 2013); $1,000 (Fall 2013); $1,000 (Fall 2014); $500 (Fall 2015).
  • Archaeological Institute of America. Society Outreach grant for an event (Davidson chapter). Spring 2012. $600.
  • Dean Rusk Grant for International Travel. Davidson College. Summer 2011. $1,000.
  • Faculty Study & Research Award. Davidson College. Summer 2011. $1,500.
  • H. H. Powers Grant for Summer Travel. Oberlin College. Summer 2010. $2,200.
  • Etruscan Foundation Research Fellowship. ($7,500 to support a reinvestigation of the archaeological materials from the ‘Area Sacra di S. Omobono’). 2009-2010.
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill. 2005-2006.
  • Timothy P. Mooney Fellowship, Research Laboratories of Archaeology, UNC-Chapel Hill. 2004-2005.
  • Fulbright Full Grant to Italy for 2004-2005.

Current Projects

Commerce in color: Pigment shops, pigmentarii, and the concerns of supplying the Roman empire with pigments (manuscript in preparation).

Co-edited Monograph

2009. Co-editor with M. Gleba, Votives, Places and Rituals in Etruscan Religion. Leiden: Brill.

Publications

  • Forthcoming, 2016. “Additions to the corpus of the mason’s marks at S. Omobono” In Ricerche nell’area dei templi di Fortuna e Mater Matuta, I. Edited by P. Brocato and N. Terrenato. Collana del Dipartimento di Archeologia e Storia delle Arti. Cosenza.
  • Forthcoming 2016. “Economy in the Archaic and Classical Periods, 580-450 BC” In Handbook of Etruscology. Edited b,y A. Naso. Berlin: de Gruyter.
  • Forthcoming, 2016. “Economy in the Late Classical and Hellenistic Periods, 450-250 BC” In Handbook of Etruscology. Edited by A. Naso. Berlin: de Gruyter.
  • Forthcoming 2016. “Economy in Etruria and Rome, 250-89 BC. In Handbook of Etruscology. Edited by A. Naso. Berlin: d,e Gruyter.
  • Forthcoming. “Evidence for Etruscan archives: Tracking the epigraphic habit in tombs, the sacred sphere, and at home.” In Etruscan Literacy in its Social Context. Accordia and the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London.
  • 2016. “Roman women in the urban economy: occupations, social connections, and gendered exclusions” in Women in Antiquity: Real Women Across the Ancient World. Edited by J. Turfa and S. Budin, 915-931. London: Routledge.
  • 2016. “Luxuria prolapsa est: Etruscan wealth and decadence,” In Blackwell Companion to the Etruscans. Edited by A. Carpino and S. Bell. London: Blackwell, 293-303.
  • 2013. R. Beeston and H. Becker. “Investigation of Ancient Roman Pigments by Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Polarized Light Microscopy” In Archaeological Chemistry VIII. American Chemical Society Symposium Series. Edited by R. A. Armitage and J. Burton, 19–41. Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society.
  • 2013. “Etruscan Political Systems and Law.” In The Etruscan World. Edited by J. Turfa, 351-72. London: Routledge.
  • 2012. “The current state of artifacts excavated at S. Omobono and a reappraisal of previously excavated materials.” In Internet Archaeology.
  • 2010. “The Written Word and Proprietary Inscriptions in Etruria.” Etruscan Studies 13: 131-48.
  • 2009. “The economic agency of the Etruscan temple: Elites, dedications and display.” In Votives, Places and Rituals in Etruscan Religion. Edited by M. Gleba and H. Becker, 87-99. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
  • 2008. “Urbs, oppidum, castellum, vicus: settlement differentiation and landscape nomenclature in Etruria.” In La città murata in Etruria: XXVth Convegno di Studi Etruschi ed Italici, Chianciano Terme, Sarteano, Chiusi, 30 marzo-3 aprile 2005: in memoria di Massimo Pallottino. Edited by G. Camporeale, 73-80. Pisa: F. Serra.
  • 2002-2003 [2006]. “The Etruscan castellum: fortified settlements and regional autonomy in Etruria.” Etruscan Studies 9: 85-95.

Conference Presentations

  • “Inscribed Etruscan helmets: mapping function and meaning for the Etruscan soldier,” International Ancient Warfare Conference 2016. Gothenburg, Sweden. June 28-30, 2016.
  • “Roman pigments and the trade in naturally sourced products,” Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Orlando, FL. April 9, 2016.
  • “Pigment Prices: Costs, Fraud, and the Concerns of Roman Pigmentarii,” in the panel "The Economics and Logistics of Roman Art and Architecture" at the 117th meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. San Francisco, CA. January 7, 2016.
  • “Communal standards: Coinage and weight systems in Etruria,” at the research workshop, “Monetization in the Ancient World”. University of Auckland. Auckland, New Zealand. August 26, 2014.
  • “The Changing Face of South Etruria: the Romanization of infrastructure at Caere and Tarquinia,” in the panel “New synergies? The impact of the Roman conquest of Italy on settlement and society” at the Eleventh Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC). University of Reading. Reading, England. March 28th 2014.
  • “Boundaries and integration: the social, political, and sacral mechanics of Etruscan markets,” at “Frontiers in the Iron Age Archaeology of Europe” hosted by Magdalene College and the McDonald Institute, Cambridge. September 20th-22nd, 2013.
  • Beeston, R. and Becker, H. “Roman Rainbow: Investigation of Ancient Pigments by Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Polarized Light Microscopy.” National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA. April 8, 2013.
  • “Colors and Commerce: Pigment Shops in the Ancient World,” co-presented with Laura Wilke (Oberlin ’10) at the 112th meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. San Antonio, TX. January 08, 2011.
  • “Group identity and the preservation of kinship-based memory in Etruria,” at “Etruscan Literacy in its Social Context” hosted by Accordia and the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London. London. September 22, 2010.
  • “The ethos of the warrior in Etruscan society,” at the Eighth Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC). Ann Arbor, MI. April 5, 2009.
  • “Public, Private and Clan Property in Etruria,” at the 110th meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. Philadelphia, PA. January 10, 2009.
  • “Family Identity and Promotion in Etruria,” at “Communicating identity in Italic Iron Age communities.” National Museum of Denmark. Copenhagen, Denmark. October 23-24, 2008.
  • “Family Identity and Heraldic Signs in Etruria,” at the 109th meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. Chicago, IL. January 4, 2008.
  • “The Economic Agency of the Etruscan Temple: Elites, Dedications and Display,” at “Unveiling Etruscan Ritual”. Philadelphia, PA. November 17, 2007.
  • “The Case for Etruscan Markets,” at the 108th meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. San Diego, CA. January 7, 2007.
  • “Charismatic power and the private armies of Rome and Etruria: condottieri, bella privata, and mercenaries,” at the 138th meeting of the American Philological Association. San Diego, CA. January 6, 2007.
  • “Urbs, oppidum, castellum, vicus: settlement differentiation and landscape nomenclature in Etruria,” at “La città murata in Etruria,” XXVth Convegno di Studi Etruschi ed Italici. Chianciano Terme, Italy. March 30, 2005.
  • “You can take it with you: economic implications of elite funerary consumption at Chiusi,” at the 106th meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. Boston, MA. January 7, 2005.
  • “Roman roads as indices of Romanization in Southern and Northern Etruria,” at “The Etruscans and the Others,” colloquium of the U.S. Section of the Istituto di Studi Etruschi ed Italici. New York City. April 2-3, 2004.
  • “The Etruscan castellum: fortified settlements and regional autonomy in Etruria,” at the “Etruscans Now Conference,” The British Museum. December 9-11, 2002.
  • “Place names: landscape nomenclature in Etruria,” at “Place and Space: Creation of Setting in the Roman World,” McMaster University. September 28, 2002.
  • “The Etruscan castellum: fortified settlements and regional autonomy in Etruria,” at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. Austin, TX. April 6, 2002.

Invited Lectures

  • “The iconography of a life in arms: the Etruscan soldier at war, at home, and at the tomb.” Lecture for Dr. Martha Risser’s “Greek and Roman architecture” class at Trinity College. November 10, 2015.
  • “The science of Roman wall painting: Pliny, pigments, and polychromy.” Dorinda J. Oliver Lecturer. Trinity College (Hartford, CT), Hartford chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. November 9, 2015.
  • “The economy of color in ancient Rome: A case study of the pigment trade.” Annual Humanities Teacher of the Year lecture, Mississippi Humanities Council. October 28, 2015.
  • “Contextualizing Roman pigments: ancient trade and modern science”. Mississippi State. MSU Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures Brown Bag. October 23, 2015.
  • “The science of Roman wall painting: Pliny, pigments, and polychromy.” Auckland, New Zealand. August 21, 2014.
  • “The science of Roman frescoes.” Lecture followed by a fresco painting practicum. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. April 24, 2014; Millsaps College. October 4, 2013.
  • “The science of Roman wall painting: Pliny, pigments, and polychromy.” Oxford Science Café. Oxford, MS. April 23, 2013.
  • “The iconography of a life in arms: the Etruscan soldier at war, at home, and at the tomb.” The Seventh Annual Paul Rehak Memorial Symposium in Ancient Art. University of Kansas (Lawrence KS). March 13, 2012.
  • “A Roman Rainbow: a Chemical and Archaeological Investigation of an Ancient Pigment Shop.” Talk delivered with Dr. Ruth Beeston (Chemistry, Davidson College). November 15, 2011.
  • “Introduction to Etruscan epigraphy.” Lecture given for Dr. Bill Ringle’s class “Language Before History”, Davidson College. April 28, 2011.
  • “The Written Word and Proprietary Inscriptions in Etruria.” Richmond, VA, chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. April 9, 2009.
  • “Contextualizing Etruscan Sanctuaries.” University of Massachusetts at Amherst. October 15, 2007.
  • “You can take it with you: economic implications of elite funerary consumption at Chiusi. ” Lecture for the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica (AIAC). Rome, Italy. May 16, 2005.
  • Presentation on the American educational system, given at the Liceo Scientifico Statale Primo Levi in Rome, Italy, at the behest of the U.S. Department of State for International Education Week. November 2004.
  • “Highlights of the Faliscan and Etruscan collections in the Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia.” Lecture given to the Fellows of the American Academy in Rome. November 3, 2004.
  • “Etruscan road networks: principles of construction and notes on Etruscan topography,” Lecture given for Dr. Thomas Elliott’s class, “Roman Roads, Itineraries, and Land Travel.” UNC-Chapel Hill.  April 2004.

Hilary Becker

Last Updated: 2/1/17