Prof Derek Counts

Derek B. Counts


Office: Mitchell Hall 181
Phone: 414-229-3466
Personal Web Page:
Curriculum Vitae: pdf


Ph.D., Brown University, Old World Archaeology and Art, 1998
M.A., University of Georgia, Classics, 1994
A.B., Davidson College, Classics, 1992

Research and Teaching Interests:

Classical archaeology and art (Aegean Bronze age, Greek, Roman), with a special emphasis on the material culture of Greece, Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean; ancient religious practice and associated iconography; Greek sculpture; identity in ancient contact zones; 'globalization' in the ancient world and postcolonial theory

Courses Taught:

ArtHist 101: Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture
ArtHist 312: Minoan and Mycenaean Art and Archaeology
ArtHist 316: Greek Art and Archaeology
ArtHist 316: Roman art and Archaeology
ArtHist 413: Greek Sculpture
In addition, graduate colloquia on ancient topics (most recent: Greek sculpture and Roman copies, fall '10)

Other Relevant Professional Activities:

Associate Director: Athienou Archaeological Project (Athienou, Cyprus)
Co-editor, Book Reviews, American Journal of Archaeology
Editorial board for Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research and Cahier du Centre d'Études Chypriotes
Norma and Reuben Kershaw Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology, Archaeological Institute of America (2011-2012)

Recent Publications:

KOINE: Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology in Honor of R. Ross Holloway (Oxbow, 2009) [ed. with A. S. Tuck]

The Master of Animals in Old World Iconography (Archaeolingua: 2010). [ed. with B. Arnold]

"Divine Symbols and Royal Aspirations: The Master of Animals in Iron Age Cypriote Religion," in D. B. Counts and B. Arnold (eds.), The Master of Animals in Old World Iconography (Budapest: Archaeolingua, 2010), 135-50.

"Exploring Cultures in Contact: Postcolonial Models and Votive Religion in Ancient Cyprus, "in R. Bol, K. Kleibl, and S. Rogge (eds.), Zypern – Insel im Schnittpunkt interkultureller Kontakte. Adaption und Abgrenzung von der Spätbronzezeit bis zum 5. Jahrhundert v. Chr. Symposium, Mainz 7.-8. Dezember 2006. /Schriften des Instituts für Interdisziplinäre Zypern-Studien 8 (Münster: Waxmann Verlag 2010), 33-47.

"From Siwa to Cyprus: The Assimilation of Zeus Ammon in the Cypriote Pantheon," in D. Michaelides, V. Kassianidou, and R. Merrillees (eds.), Egypt and Cyprus in Antiquity (Oxford, 2009), 104-117.

"Master of the Lion: Representation and Hybridity in Cypriote Sanctuaries" American Journal of Archaeology 112.1 (2008), 3-27.

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