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Mary Lou Zimmerman Munn

Mary Lou Zimmerman Munn

Associate Teaching Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor

310A Weaver Building University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 867-0250


  1. Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College, 1982
  2. M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College, 1976
  3. B.A. in Classics, Pitzer College, 1974


My interests lie in the archaeology and cultural history of Greece, the Aegean, and the Central and Eastern Mediterranean from the Bronze Age through the early Hellenistic period. I am particularly fascinated with the economic, diplomatic, and religious interconnections between these regions.  My doctoral dissertation investigated Corinthian Trade with the West in the Classical and Early Hellenistic Periods. I have excavated at Carthage in Tunisia, Poggio Civitate (Murlo) in Tuscany, Italy, and in Ancient Corinth in Greece, and participated in the Argolid Exploration Project in Greece.  I have served as Assistant Director of the Skourta Plain Survey Project and Excavations at Panakton.  I have a long association with the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and served as Gertrude Smith Professor and co-director of the ASCSA Summer Session in 2005 and 2011.  My commitment to teaching extends to Study Abroad programs, and I have co-directed the Penn State Spring Semester in Athens in 1999, 2005, and 2011, and the Study Tour of Roman History and Archaeology in 2012.  I am currently researching the pottery and minor finds from the Argolid Exploration Project.

Recent Publications:

"From Beyond the Pillars of Herakles: Corinthian Trade with the Punic West in the Classical Period," in Corinth, volume XX, Corinth: The Centenary, 1896-1996, Charles K. Williams II and Nancy Bookidis, Editors, Princeton (June 2003), pp. 195-217.

"On the Frontier of Attica and Boiotia: the Results of the Stanford Skourta Plain Project, 1985-1989," with Mark H. Munn, in Teiresias, Supplement 3 (1990), pp. 33-40.

"Studies on the Attic‑Boiotian Frontier: The First Season of the Stanford Skourta Plain Project," with Mark H. Munn, Boeotia Antiqua, volume I, Amsterdam 1989, pp. 73‑127.

Honors and Awards:

Faculty Marshal for Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Commencement 2007, 2012, 2013.

Public Scholarship Course Development/Enhancement Grant for Democracy and Crisis in Ancient Athens: Redesigning CAMS 25 (U) for Interactive Learning and Democratic Capacity Building, 2007, taught for Schreyer Honors College spring 2008 & fall 2012, & as an Honors First Year Seminar in fall 2008 and fall 2009.

Recent Courses:

CAMS 140 - Greek Archaeology
CAMS 440W - The Aegean Bronze Age
CAMS 025 - Greek Civilization
CAMS 025U - Greek Civilization: Democracy & Crisis in Ancient Athens
CAMS 083S - First Year Seminar: Honoring the Gods: Sanctuaries & Festivals of the Greeks

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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