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To view the personal profile, curriculum vitae, and other information on each faculty member, please click on his/her name below, or on the corresponding links to the left. From the left William Fulco, SJ, Katerina Zacharia, Matthew Dillon, Caroline Sauvage.


Matthew Dillon, PhD

Prof. Matt Dillon is Chair of Classics and Archaeology. He received his BA in Classics from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1974, and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1984. After three years at Smith College, he joined the LMU faculty in 1987. His research interests have grown from early publications on Greek tragedy and comedy to include connections between eastern and western traditions, the pronunciation of ancient Greek and Latin, and, most recently, survey archaeology in Rough Cilicia (southern Turkey). He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Philological Association in 2007. He has also worked in the film and television industry as an advisor and dialogue translator for the Da Vinci Code and the television series Caprica.

Courses Offered (see LMU Bulletin):
All Levels of Greek and Latin
CLAR 1115 & 1125: Latin (Language)
CLAR 2200: Epic Poetry (Methodology)
CLAR 2230: Ancient Historians (Methodology)
CLAR 2250: Ancient Rome (Survey of the Ancient World)
CLAR 3210: Classical Mythology and NE Myths (Myth or Religion)
CLAR 4210: Axial Age (Interdisciplinary)

Note: Current as of July 2015.



William Fulco, SJ, PhD

William Fulco, S.J., is the National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Loyola Marymount University. In addition to his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale University, he holds graduate degrees in Classics, Philosophy and Theology. His interests encompass ancient languages, archaeology and Biblical studies, all of which he teaches at LMU. He has published widely in reconstructive Afro-asiatic linguistics, Canaanite religion and mythology, Old Testament studies, and Classical Numismatics. He curates the Jesuit archaeology museum in Jerusalem, and oversees the Archaeology Center and Library at LMU which he established in 1998.

Courses Offered (see LMU Bulletin):
CLAR 1111: Greek & Latin for Medicine I (1-unit course primarily for pre-med students: Procedures and Diseases)
CLAR 1112: Greek & Latin for Medicine II (1-unit course primarily for pre-med students: Anatomical Structures)
CLAR 1130 & 1135: Classical Hebrew & Readings in Classical Hebrew (Language)
CLAR 2350:  Hieroglyphics (Language)
CLAR 2355: Intro to Near Eastern Languages (Language)
CLAR 2365: Intro to Near Eastern Literatures (Survey of the Ancient World)
CLAR 3340: Religions of Mesopotamia (Myth or Religion)
CLAR 3350: Ancient Egyptian Religion (Myth or Religion)
CLAR 4350: (= THST 3998) Archaeology and the Bible (Interdisciplinary)
CLAR 3380: Classical Numismatrics (Art and Archaeology)
CLAR 4380: Archaeology Field Experience (Interdisciplinary)
CLAR 4370: Archaeology Lab (Interdisciplinary)
CLAR 4372: Archaeology Lab: Chalcolithic Culture (Interdisciplinary)

Note: Current as of July 2015.



Caroline Sauvage, Ph.D.

Caroline Sauvage is an assistant professor of Classics and Archaeology at Loyola Marymount University. She received her BA in Art History and Archaeology as well as her MA and PhD in Archaeology of the Ancient World from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France. Her research interests include trade and maritime exchanges in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as the development and use of textile tools during the Late Bronze Age and early Iron Age. Her research focuses on exchanges, the status of objects, and their representations and use as identity markers across the eastern Mediterranean. Her work is based on the study of material artifacts and their interconnections, and aims to avoid the classic pitfalls of disciplinary partitioning in the study of eastern Mediterranean societies and group identities. She has been conducting extensive fieldwork in Cyprus, Egypt and Syria since 2002.

Her book “Routes maritimes et systèmes d’échanges internationaux au Bronze récent en Méditerranée orientale” was published in 2012. Her professional honors include the young researcher award in Humanities from the city of Lyon, France (2007), and the “Prix Louis de Clerc” from the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres (Paris) in 2011. She was recently a Scholar at the Getty Research Institute and received, in 2014, a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher Fellowship to work in collaboration with the Center for Textile Research in Copenhagen.

Courses Offered (see LMU Bulletin):
CLAR 2340: Archaeology Methods and Techniques (Methodology)
CLAR 2350: Egyptian Hieroglyphics ((Language)
CLAR 2360: Ancient Near East (Survey of the Ancient World)
CLAR 3330: Intro to Near Eastern Religions (Myth or Religion)
CLAR 2340: Archaeology Methods and Techniques (Methodology)
CLAR 3390: Archaeology of the Levant (Art and Archaeology)
CLAR 3360: Aegean Art and Archaeology (Art and Archaeology)
CLAR 3370: Egyptian Art and Archaeology (Art and Archaeology)
CLAR 4320: Palaces of the Near East (Interdisciplinary)
CLAR 4330: Cultures in Contact: Late Bronze Age (Interdisciplinary)
CLAR 4340: Archaeology of the Phoenicians (Interdisciplinary)

Note: Current as of July 2015.



Katerina Zacharia, PhD

Katerina Zacharia is a Professor of Classics at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Athens, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from University College London. Her main interests and publications are in Greek literature, especially drama and epic, and its reception; the social and political history of archaic and classical Greece; Greek ethnicity; Greek cinema; classical reception; visual culture; tourism and heritage studies. She is the author of Converging Truths: Euripides’ Ion and the Athenian Quest for Self-Definition (Leiden: Brill 2003). She is the editor and major contributor for Hellenisms: Culture, Identity and Ethnicity from Antiquity to Modernity (Aldershot: Ashgate Variorum 2008). In 2010-11, she received two consecutive Research Fellowships, the first by the Initiative for Heritage Conservancy, and the second, an Onassis Senior Foreign Fellowship, for her work on Greek tourism in the interwar period and spent a year in Athens. Her most recent publications are “Postcards from Metaxas' Greece: The uses of classical antiquity in tourism photography” (2014), “Nelly’s iconography of Greece” (2015), and a forthcoming article for the Brill Companion to Euripides (2016). She is currently working on a study of the Greek pavilion in the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

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Courses Offered (see LMU Bulletin):

Greek and Latin (all levels)
FFYS 1000: Ancient Greek World [First Year Seminar]
CLAR 2200: Epic Poetry (Methodology)
CLAR 2210: Greek Tragedy in Performance (Methodology)
CLAR 2220: Greek Comedy in Performance (Methodology)
CLAR 2240: Ancient Greece (Survey of the Ancient World)
CLAR 3220: Greek and Roman Religions (Myth or Religion)
CLAR 4240: Greek Cinema (Interdisciplinary)
CLAR 4230: Ancient World on Film (Interdisciplinary)
CLAR 4220: Classical Hellenism, Race and Ethnicity (Interdisciplinary)
CLAR 4250: Ann Carson: Classic Iconoclast (Interdisciplinary)

Note: Current as of July 2015.