Department of Modern Languages & Classics

Dr. Myles McCallum

Myles McCallum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada. He received his PhD in Classics from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, in 2005, and has taught at Buffalo State College, Wesleyan University (Connecticut), the University of Connecticut, and the University of Nevada, Reno. He specializes in Roman archaeology and history, and he teaches courses at Saint Mary’s on these subjects, as well as Classical mythology, and literature.

His current research is split between Roman southern Italy and Pompeii. As the director of the Basentello Valley Research Project, he is concerned with understanding the role played by imperial properties in the cultural development of Apulia and Lucania during the early Roman period, and the nature of imperial landholdings generally in these two regions. Since 2005, Myles has organized and run an archaeological field study course in Italy at the site of San Felice, a Roman imperial estate in Puglia, with his colleague, Dr. Hans vanderLeest of Mount Allison University.

Myles received a SSHRC junior scholar research grant in 2009 for his work at the Roman site of San Felice in southeastern Italy and, in the spring of 2011, along with co-applicants from St. Francis Xavier University, McMaster University, and Mount Allison University was awarded a three-year standard research grant (2010 – 2013) from SSHRC for research related to the study of cultural interaction, regional identity, and hybridization in the Basentello River Valley of Puglia and Basilicata (Italy). This research includes archaeological excavation of structures and a necropolis at the Roman imperial estate of San Felice/Vagnari, regional field survey, and future excavation at a pre-Roman site within the survey territory. The funding received will allow for analyses of osteological, environmental, and artifactual data, as well as allow for the participation of Saint Mary's students.

Recent Publications

McCallum, Myles (2010) “The Supply of Stone to the City of Rome: A Case Study of the Transport of Anician Building Stone and Millstone from the Santa Trinità Quarry (Orvieto).” In Trade and Exchange: Archaeological Studies from History and Prehistory, C. White and C. Dillian, eds. Springer: New York, 75-94

McCallum, Myles and J.T. Peña (2010) “A Reassessment of the Two Pottery Workshops at Pompeii: 1.20.2-3 and the Via Superior,”Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores Acta 41, 229-238

Peña, J.T. and Myles McCallum (2009a) “The Production and Distribution of Pottery at Pompeii: A Review of the Evidence. Part 1: Production.” American Journal of Archaeology, 112.1, 57-79

Peña, J.T. and Myles McCallum (2009b) “The Production and Distribution of Pottery at Pompeii: A Review of the Evidence. Part 2: Distribution.” American Journal of Archaeology, 112.3, 165-201

Myles McCallum and J. vanderLeest (2009) “Excavations at San Felice, July 2008,” Papers of the British School at Rome, 77: 326-327

Myles McCallum and J. vanderLeest (2008) “Excavations at San Felice, July 2006,” Papers of the British School at Rome, 76: 332-333

McCallum, Myles (2008) Review of Greg Aldrete, 2007, Floods of the Tiber, Johns Hopkins Press, for Journal of Roman Archaeology 21: 429-432

Recently Taught Courses

Classical Tragedy
Classical Archaeology
Republic and Revolution: Roman History I
Bloody Caesars: Roman History II
Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology