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222A Carpenter Hall

Susan Wise

Professor of Ancient and Classical Studies


  • Languages and Cultures
  • Ancient and Classical Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Archaeology


  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
  • M.A., University of Cincinnati
  • B.A., University of Maryland

Selected Courses

Ancient Myths, Modern Meanings http://legacy.earlham.edu/~wisesu/ancientmyths/index.htm


Although I consider myself a generalist (and happily teach almost any course that focuses on Greece, Rome, or the ancient Mediterranean), I am trained as a classical archaeologist. My experience in the field has primarily revolved around the processing and study of "small finds": essentially all the artifacts that are stored in the museum or in storage areas off-site.

Research Projects

My research centers on religion in ancient Greece. I am particularly interested in uncovering evidence of private religious practice and belief. My dissertation, for instance, explored the archaeological and literary evidence for rituals surrounding childbirth and the reproductive cycle.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
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1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


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