Faculty MemberJohn Overbeck

Professor Emeriti of Greek Archaeology


Phone: (518) 442-4020

Campus office: ES211, M, T, W, TH 1pm – 2p

Areas of Expertise: Hellenic Art and the Aegean Bronze Age


John Overbeck, Professor of Greek Archaeology, is a Hellenist who specializes in the art and archaeology of ancient Greece, especially the Aegean (Greek) Bronze Age. He received his Ph.D. in 1963 from the University of Cincinnati, and has studied and taught at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. He has excavated in several countries but his chief interest and responsibility has been and remains the University of Cincinnati's excavation of an important Bronze Age site on the Cycladic island of Kea. He is publishing one substantial period of occupation at the site; one tome appeared in 1989 as volume 7, part 1, of the KEOS series of excavation reports, and one more tome is to appear. His other monographs deal with a Bronze Age site in Cyprus and restudy and publication of Bronze Age pottery from an early excavation on the Cycladic island of Paros. Besides graduate seminars in Aegean Bronze subjects (e.g., Palaces of Crete, Mycenae and Tiryns, etc.) and in classical Greek subjects (Greek Cities, Greek Sanctuaries) he teaches lower level courses in the Bronze Age and in classical Greek art (Sculpture, Painting, Architecture), and a freshman level course in Greek Mythology. Over the years he has taught Greek and latin language and literature at all levels.