Jessica Lamont

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Assistant Professor of Classics and (by courtesy) of History; member of the Program in History of Science and Medicine
304 Phelps Hall

Jessica Lamont specializes in the history, epigraphy, religion, and material culture of the Greek world from c.750-300 BCE. She has been at Yale since 2016, the year in which she completed her Ph.D. at The Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D. Classics, 2016; Certificate: Classical Archaeology & Art; B.A. Classics, B.A. Anthropology, The College of William & Mary, 2008).

Lamont’s research and teaching focus on Greek medicine and magic. She is interested in how ancient patterns of thought and behavior were sculpted by religion, especially private ritual practices (from Greek healing cults to curse tablets). Much of her work is informed by Greek inscriptions, and sheds light on social histories of the broader Classical world, from Sicily to the Aegean Islands to the Black Sea. 

Lamont also has interests in Greek archaeology and material culture. She has worked for more than a decade as a field archaeologist at sites in Greece and beyond, with a focus on networks of trade and mobility, Greek ceramics, and domestic economies (current projects in Greece and Ethiopia). She is the President of the New Haven chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, and serves on the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Prospective students interested in these topics are encouraged to get in touch.

Recent Courses (Undergraduate & Graduate)

  • Medicine & Disease in the Ancient World
  • Methods & Problems in Greek History: 1300-300 BCE
  • The Long Fourth Century: 404-272 BCE
  • Ancient Greek History
  • Ancient Greek IV: Herodotus, Xenophon
  • Life & Death in Ancient Athens
  • Ancient Greek Festivals (+ on-site Greece trip)
  • Magic, Witchcraft, & Mystery Cults in Classical Antiquity
  • Ancient Greek Medicine & Healing
  • Literature from Homer to Dante
  • Documentary Texts in Greek History
  • Field Archaeology: Methods & Training (Summer: Molyvoti, Greece)

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