Brice Erickson

HSSB 4057
Office Hours:
T 12:30-1:30, W 5:00-6:00
Time Period: Fall 2018
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Brice Erickson, Professor of Classics, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 2000 and taught at Dartmouth and DePauw before arriving at Santa Barbara in 2003. He is an archaeologist of ancient Greece specializing in Archaic and Classical (ca. 600-400 B.C.E.) ceramic sequences. Other interests include ancient Greek history, religion, and identity. His first book, a study of post-Minoan Cretan archaeology and history, was published by the American School of Classical Studies Press (Hesperia Supplement) in 2010. Brice’s next project took him to central Greece to publish the Geometric through Hellenistic (ca. 970–175 B.C.E.) remains from Lerna, a village in the Argolid.  The results of this study appeared as a volume in the Lerna site publication series in 2018.  His current project is a book on the Athenian Empire. It will have a more archaeological and economic focus than previous accounts that have been dominated by the ancient texts and an almost exclusively Athenian perspective.  His work on Crete continues, with an article in the American Journal of Archaeology entitled “Cretan Pottery in the Levant in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries B.C.E” (2017) and more recently a piece entitled “Conceptualizing Southeastern Crete in the Archaic through Hellenistic Periods” (2020).



  • Crete in Transition: Pottery Styles and Island History in the Archaic and Classical Periods (Hesperia Supplement Series 45) (2010)
  • Lerna, the Historical Greek Village (American School of Classical Studies Press) (2018)

Selected Articles and Reviews

  • “Falling Masts, Rising Masters: The Ethnography of Virtue in Caesar’s Account of the Veneti,” American Journal of Philology 123 (2002), pp. 601-622.
  • “Aphrati and Kato Syme: Pottery, Continuity, and Cult in Late Archaic and Classical Crete,” Hesperia 71 (2002), pp. 41-90.
  • “Archaeology of Empire: Athens and Crete in the Fifth Century B.C.,” American Journal of Archaeology 109 (2005), pp. 619-663.
  • “Roussa Ekklesia, Part 1: Religion and Politics in East Crete,” American Journal of Archaeology 113 (2009), pp. 353-404.
  • “Roussa Ekklesia, Part 2: Lamps, Drinking Vessels, and Kernoi,” American Journal of Archaeology 114 (2010), pp. 217-252.
  • “Priniatikos Pyrgos and the Classical Period in Eastern Crete: Feasting and Island Identities,” Hesperia 79 (2010), pp. 305-349.
  • “Public Feasts and Private Symposia in the Archaic and Classical Periods,” in STEGA: The Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Crete from the Neolithic Period through the Roman Era (Hesperia Supplement Series 44) (2011), pp. 381-391.
  • “Island Archaeologies and the Economy of the Athenian Empire,” in Trade and Finance in the 5th c. BC Aegean World (BYZAS 18, German Archaeological Institute Press) (2013), pp. 67-83.
  • “Mind the Gap: Knossos and Cretan Archaeology of the 6th Century,” in Cultural Practices and Material Culture in Archaic and Classical Crete (De Gruyter, 2014)
  • “Cretan Pottery in the Levant in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries B.C.E. and Its Historical Implications,” American Journal of Archaeology 121 (2017), pp. 559-593 (Open Access on AJA Online:
  • “Conceptualizing Southeastern Crete in the Archaic through Hellenistic Periods,” in South by Southeast: The History and Archaeology of Southeast Crete, from Myrtos to Kato Zakros (Archaeopress, 2020)
  • “Review of Sjögren’s Fragments of Archaic Crete: Archaeological Studies on Time and Space, American Journal of Archaeology 113 (2010), pp. 664-666.
  • “Review of Kotsonas’ The Archaeology of Tomb A1K1 of Orthi Petra in Eleutherna: The Early Iron Age Pottery, American Journal of Archaeology 115 (2011) (online).
  • Review of Bresson’s The Making of the Greek Economy:  Institutions, Markets, and Growth in the City-States, American Journal of Archaeology 122 (2018) (online).
  • Review of James’s Hellenistic Pottery, the Fine Wares (Corinth 7.7), Journal of Hellenistic Pottery and Material Culture (JHP) 4 (2019)