Eric Driscoll

B.A., University of Chicago, 2010
M.A., UC Berkeley, 2013
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, still in its very early stages, is on the fifth-century Athenian empire. Using a wide range of evidence, it attempts two main things: first, the elucidation of local responses to and contestation of the empire, and, second, the reconciliation of such an account with more recent social-scientific approaches to the comparison of ancient polities.


Some 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; and Lefkandi from a social-theory perspective.


My undergraduate degree is in Classics, but it was my coursework in ancient art and history, especially with Richard Neer, Alain Bresson, and Jonathan Hall, that was most formative. As for other training, in 2011 I traveled to Delos for two weeks as a member of the seminar “Archéologie de la vie économique à Délos” hosted by the EfA, and in 2009, I participated in the International Summer Course in Greek and Latin Epigraphy at OSU. Since 2013 I have also been a research assistant for the Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum.


Currently (2015-16) I am in residence at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, as holder of the School's John Williams White Fellowship.


Conference papers:

"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).

“Ethnic Contestation and Nemean 11: Tenedos, the Aiolis, and Athens.” APA Annual Meeting (January 2014).


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.