Eric Driscoll

B.A., University of Chicago, 2010
M.A., UC Berkeley, 2013
Ph.D. Granted: 
edris [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Bio: I work mainly on ancient Greece, with a particular focus on the art, archaeology, epigraphy, and history of the Archaic and Classical periods. With respect to that material, I am also interested in the history of study and in issues of method and theory. My dissertation, however, is on the fifth-century Athenian empire. Using a wide range of evidence, it attempts an elucidation of local responses to and contestation of the empire; and the reconciliation of such an account with more recent social-scientific approaches to the comparison of ancient polities.

A selection of other past or present projects include: what the new text documenting reconciliation after stasis at Dikaia (SEG LVII 576) tells us about law and politics in the Classical polis; Archaic Greek tyrants and their building projects; the idea of the Roman cultural revolution; literary epiphanies and images of the gods in early Greece; Hellenization in the Levant; fourth-century anti-tyranny legislation; Rembrandt as student and workshop leader; Lefkandi from a social-theory perspective; and utopian responses to the Late Byzantine fortification of the Peloponnese.

I've excavated at Argilos, Corinth, and Azoria, and worked alongside Andrew Stewart on some Classical relief sculpture from the Athenian Agora. I spent 2015-16 as the John Williams White fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and stuck around for 2016-17 as a student associate member with the Aleshire ASCSA fellowship.



"Stasis and Reconciliation: Politics and Law in Fourth-Century Greece." Chiron 46 (2016): 119-55. (Online here.)


Recent conference papers:

"Clazomenai and Tenedos in the Athenian Empire." 10th Celtic Conference in Classics, Montreal (July 2017).

"The Defective Insularity of the Peloponnese." SCS Annual Meeting, Toronto (January 2017; read in absentia).

"Digital Style: Connoisseurship, Epigraphy, and Computation." Conference Digital Humanities: The Example of Antiquity, in Grenoble (September 2015).

“Rhetoric and Narrative in Beazley’s Connoisseurship.” AIA Annual Meeting (January 2015).


Teaching experience:
I was Director of the UC Berkeley summer intensive Greek Workshop in 2014; in addition to Greek language, I have taught Greek literature, archaeology, and Latin.