Monika Truemper, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology
Monika Truemper is an archaeologist whose research encompasses Hellenistic and Roman art and architecture. She studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, and Art History at the Universities of Cologne and Munich and at the Sorbonne in Paris. She holds a MA (1993) and a PhD (1995) from Munich University and a ‘Habilitation’ (Postdoctoral PhD, 2005) from the University of Heidelberg. In 1995/1996 Professor Truemper had a one-year travel scholarship from the German Archaeological Institute which she used to visit sites and museums in France, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. In 2003/2004 she was Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University) in Washington D.C., and in 2004/2005 she held a fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. During this year she conducted research and taught at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Before Professor Truemper joined the Department of Classics of UNC in July 2005 she had taught at different Universities: At the University of Heidelberg (1999-2003) her teaching included courses in different formats on Greek and Roman art and archaeology (e.g. Introductory course to Greek and Roman archaeology, Greek portraits, Roman State reliefs, Roman houses, Roman sanctuaries in the western provinces, Ancient hygiene and bathing culture, Sicily, Archaeology of Economy, Late antique and Byzantine Cities in the Near East). At the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (2004/2005) she taught an undergraduate course on Domestic space in the Greco-Roman world and graduate courses on Greek and Roman architecture and Attic vases.
Professor Truemper’s teaching repertory at UNC includes courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She has so far taught Roman Art (CLAR/ART 263), Pompeii (CLAS 071), and Alexander and the Age of Hellenism (CLAS 254). Her graduate teaching includes courses on Roman sculpture (CLAR/ART 680), Roman architecture (CLAR/ART 465), and Roman painting (CLAR/ART 797), and will in the future cover topics like Hellenistic architecture (CLAR 910), and Roman eastern provinces.
Professor Truemper has participated in excavations in Sicily (Monte Iato, Selinunte), France (Caen), and Germany. But her main fieldwork is focused on Delos where she has examined private and public architecture (e.g. houses, shops, clubhouses, bath installations, latrines, synagogue, Agora of the Italians) since 1990. This interest is reflected in her recent publications: She is currently publishing her postdoctoral Ph.D. thesis on the architecture, history, decoration, and function of Agora of the Italians in Delos (2007/2008), articles on bath buildings and latrines in Delos (Bulletin de correspondence hellénique 2006; handbook on ancient toilets, 2008), a contribution on Gardens in Delos (Gardens in the Roman world, Cambridge UP 2007/2008), and articles on religious identity and meeting places of foreign associations in Delos (Conference proceedings: The Greek City after the Classical Age, 2008, and Zwischen Kult und Gesellschaft. Kosmopolitische Zentren des antiken Mittelmeerraums als Aktionsraum von Kultvereinen und Religionsgemeinschaften, 2007/2008); she has recently published articles on the Synagogue in Delos (Hesperia 2004), on the household assemblage of the House of the seals in Delos (Athener Mitteilungen 2005), and on Modest housing in Late Hellenistic Delos (B. Ault – L. Nevett, eds., Ancient Greek Houses and Households: Chronological, regional, and social diversity, 2005, 119-139). Another current major research project of Professor Truemper is on Greek baths and bathing culture. She has already done extensive fieldwork on Greek baths in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, South Italy, and Sicily and analyzed bathing images on Attic vases. She has published three articles (on a public bath in Delos, Bulletin de correspondence hellénique 2006; on a unique bathing scene on a black-figured Lekythos, Archäologischer Anzeiger 2002; and on complex public bath buildings of the Hellenistic period, Conference proceedings: Le bain collectif en Égypte. Des balaneia antiques aux hammans contemporains. Origine, évolution et actualité des pratiques, 2008) and is currently working on a book about Greek bathing culture and several articles on related issues (e.g. Hellenistic round sweat baths; further bath installations in Delos; Greek-style baths in Egypt; bath installations in the palace of Vouni). In the future Professor Truemper hopes to pursue further research interests such as on Roman sanctuaries in North Africa, Commercial architecture in the Hellenistic and Roman world, and Hellenistic agorai.