Positions

Overview

  • Professor Pilkington studies the archaeology and history of the Ancient Mediterranean during the last millennium BCE. His primary academic interest is the history of peripheral peoples, particularly Phoenician populations. His first book, The Carthaginian Empire: 550-202 BCE (2019), reconstructs Carthaginian History using only the archaeological and epigraphic evidence found at Carthage and cities within its empire. In addition, Prof. Pilkington has written extensively on ancient health and demography (Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Cartagine. Studi e Ricerche) as well as epigraphy (BASOR). At UNCW, much of Prof. Pilkington’s teaching centers on the ongoing Scientific Turn in historical studies. A native North Carolinian, he received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Prior to his appointment at UNCW, Prof. Pilkington was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Ancient Material Culture at Cornell University and a lecturer at Columbia University, Harvard University, and Fairfield University.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2023-10-01 Forbidden to Sacrifice Humans or Eat Dogs: Revisiting the Tophet Debate though a Demographic LensCartagine. Studi e Ricerche.  8:30. 2023-10-01
    2020-10-01 How and Why I Count(ed): A Response to Ramsay MacMullen.History of Classical Scholarship.  2:181-191. 2020-10-01
    2013-01-01 Growing up Roman: Infant Mortality and Reproductive Development.The Journal of Interdisciplinary History.  44:1-35. 2013-01-01
    2012-02-01 A Note on Nora and the Nora StoneBASOR: The Bulletin of ASOR.  365:45-51. 2012-02-01

    Book

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019-10-01 The Carthaginian Empire: 550-202 BCE.  Lexington Books: Rowman and Littlefield. 2019-10-01

    Document

    Year Title Altmetric
    2023-03-01 Schwarze Tage. Roms Kriege gegen KarthagoGnomon. Kritische Zeitschrift für die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft. 4. 2023-03-01
    2018-01-01 Reading Man(n), Writing HistoryH-Net. 2018-01-01
    2016-06-01 Carthage: The State -- Conflict in Ancient Greece and Rome: The Definitive Political, Social, and Military EncyclopediaABC-CLIO. 763-764. 2016-06-01
    2016-06-01 The Carthaginians -- Conflict in Ancient Greece and Rome: The Definitive Political, Social, and Military EncyclopediaABC-CLIO. 766. 2016-06-01
    2016-06-01 Treaties, Rome and Carthage -- Conflict in Ancient Greece and Rome: The Definitive Political, Social, and Military EncyclopediaABC-CLIO. 1270. 2016-06-01
    2015-09-01 Naismith, Allen, and Screen, eds., Early Medieval Monetary HistoryThe Medieval Review. 2015-09-01

    Newspaper

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    2016-12-01 Five Myths about Rome -- Sunday OutlookWashington Post. 2016-12-01

    Research Overview

  • Carthaginian history and archaeology, skeletons as historical evidence, and demographic reconstructions of ancient populations.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Greek and Roman History, Biohistory, Demography, Empires, and Plague
  • Full Name

  • Nathan L Pilkington