Mark W. Graham

Chair, Professor
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Mark W. Graham


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • M.A., University of South Carolina
  • B.A., Bob Jones University


  • Centro di Conservazionie Archeologica (Belmonte and Sardinia)
  • Society for Late Antiquity
  • Bir Ftouha Excavations (Carthage, Tunisia)
  • Yanbian University of Science and Technology

Areas of Expertise

  • Ancient History
  • Early Medieval History
  • Late Antiquity
  • Early Byzantine History
  • Early Islamic History
  • Hellenistic History

Courses Taught

  • Ancient Empires
  • Ancient World
  • Ancient Historiography
  • Rise of Christianity
  • Medieval Europe
  • Medieval Intellectual History
  • Byzantium and Islam
  • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World
  • World History I
  • Historiography
  • Western Civilization
  • Reading Latin
  • Readings in Attic Greek (Aristophanes’ Frogs)
  • Film and History: Decadent Rome and the Wild West
  • The History and Archaeology of the Roman Empire
  • The History and Archaeology of Carthage
  • Salonica and Istanbul: Among Christians, Muslims, and Jews
  • Christianity and the Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Early Medieval Europe

Selected Research

  • Ancient Empires
  • Mediterranean Antiquity in America
  • Settler Colonialism in Antiquity
  • Ancient and Medieval Education
  • Ancient Marble
  • Phrygian Empire

Selected Publications

  • Ancient Empires: From Mesopotamia to the Rise of Islam, with Eric H. Cline (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • Impérios Antigos: Da Mesopotâmia à Origem do Islã, trans. Gertulio Schanoski Jr. (São Paulo: Madras, 2013).
  • News and Frontier Consciousness in the Late Roman Empire (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006).
  • “Settler Colonialism from the Neo-Assyrians to the Romans,” in Edward Cavanaugh and Lorenzo Veracini, eds., Routledge Handbook of the Global History of Settler Colonialism (London: Routledge, forthcoming).
  • “The Opening of the Western Mind: The Emergence of Higher Education in the ‘Dark Ages’” in P.C. Kemeny, ed. Faith, Freedom, and Higher Education (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Press, 2013), 14-34.
  • “The Phrygian Empire,” 10,000 word article in The Encyclopedia of Empires of the World (New York: Facts on File Publishing, 2008).
  • “’The Enchanter’s Wand’: Charles Darwin, The Beagle Voyage, and Foreign Missions,” Journal of Religious History 31.2 (2007): 131-150.
  • “Wall Decoration: Worked Stone,” in Bir Ftouha: A Pilgrimage Church Complex at Carthage. Susan Stevens et al. eds. Portsmouth, RI: Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series 59 (2005), 379-397.

Professional Experience

  • Multiple summers of Archaeology and Conservation work in Carthage, Tunisia and Sardinia, Italy
  • Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute
  • Taught Humanities and Classics at Stanford University


  • Coin Collecting
  • Travel
  • Antiques

You might be surprised to know

I was the first member of my extended family to graduate from college.