Josephine Shaya

Josephine Shaya

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies; On Leave 2015-2016

Department/Affiliation: Classical Studies, Archaeology, Comparative Literature
Phone: 330-263-2624
Office Address: 201 Kauke


  • B.A., Michigan 1988
  • M.A., Michigan 1994
  • Ph.D., Michigan 2002

Courses Taught

  • LAT 200: Intermediate Latin Textual Studies
  • LAT 300: Advanced Latin
  • HIST 203: Roman Civilization
  • Gender in the Ancient World
  • Religion in the Ancient World


  • “Greek Temple Treasures and the Invention of Collecting.” Forthcoming in Maia Wellington Gahtan and Donatella Pegazzano, eds., Museum Archetypes and Collecting in the Ancient World, Brill(2015)
  • “Ancient Analogs of Modern Museums.” Forthcoming in Elise Friedland, Melanie Grunow Sobocinski, and Elaine Gazda, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture, Oxford(2015)
  • “The Public Life of Monuments: The Summi Viri of the Forum of Augustus.” American Journal of Archaeology 117.1 (2013): 83-110
  • “The Greek Temple as Museum. The Case of the Legendary Treasures of Athena from Lindos.” American Journal of Archaeology 109:3 (2005): 423-442
  • “An Archaeologist’s Vision of the Holy Land: Sepphoris 1931.” In Elaine Gazda and Elise Friedland, eds., Leroy Waterman and the University of Michigan’s Excavations at Sepphoris, 1931: ‘The Scientific Test of the Spade’ (Ann Arbor, 1997), 12-16


Josephine Shaya (Ph.D. Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan) specializes in Roman history and archaeology. She has published on monuments, memory, travel and the history of collecting in antiquity. Her research has brought the insights of recent theoretical studies of museums and monuments to bear upon the analysis of Hellenistic and Roman collections and collectors.