Dr S Thomas Parker

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Professor

Biography

Parker received his B.A. in history and religion from Trinity University in 1972 and his Ph.D. in history from UCLA in 1979. He joined the history department at NCSU as an assistant professor in 1980 and was promoted to associate professor in 1986 and to professor in 1991.

Teaching and Research Interests

Parker’s major field is Roman history and archaeology, especially the Roman Levant. His research focuses on the economy of the Roman Empire, Roman frontiers, the Roman army, and the origins of Christianity. He teaches an introductory course on the history of the ancient Medietrranean world as well as advanced courses in Roman history and archaeology and Late Antiquity.

Projects

The Limes Arabicus Project: The Roman Frontier in Central Jordan (fieldwork conducted between 1980 and 1989; two volume final report published in 2006).

The Roman Aqaba Project: The Economy of the Roman Port on Aila on the Red Sea (fieldwork conducted between 1994 and 2003; first volume of the final report published in 2014, v. 2-3 in preparation).

The Petra North Ridge Project: Reimagining Urban Space: Petra in the 1st through 4th Centuries A.D. (fieldwork conducted in 2012, 2014, and 2016).

Funded Research

The Limes Arabicus Project: The Roman Frontier in Central Jordan was funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Geographic Society, Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, American Philosophical Society, NCSU, and private donors.

The Roman Aqaba Project: The Economy of the Roman Port on Aila on the Red Sea was funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Geographic Society, Joukowsky Family Foundation, Foundation for Biblical Archaeology, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Lockheed Martin Corporation Foundation, North Carolina Community Foundation, Archaeological Institute of America, NCSU, and private donors.

The Petra North Ridge Project: Reimagining Urban Space: Petra in the 1st through 4th Centuries A.D. was funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Geographic Society, the Al-Hima Foundation, Foundation for Biblical Archaeology, NCSU, East Carolina University, and private donors.

Publications

Books:

The Roman Aqaba Project Final Report. Volume I: The Regional Environment and the Regional Survey. ASOR Archaeological Reports 19. (Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research, 2014). 

History of the Ancient Mediterranean World (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2009). 2nd ed. 2011. Revised 2nd ed. 2013. 

The Roman Frontier in Central Jordan: Final Report on the Limes Arabicus Project, 1980-1989. 2 vols. (Washington: Dumbarton Oaks, 2006). 

Regional editor for the Levant in Richard J. A. Talbert, ed., Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. (Princeton: Princeton University, 2000). 

The Roman Frontier in Central Jordan: Interim Report on the Limes Arabicus Project, 1980-1985. 2 vols. BAR International Series 340 (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 1987). 

Romans and Saracens: A History of the Arabian Frontier. ASOR Dissertation Series No. 6 (Winona Lake, IN: American Schools of Oriental Research, 1986). 

Recent Articles:

 “A Diachronic Look at the Agricultural Economy at the Red Sea Port of Aila: An Archaeobotanical Case for Hinterland Production in Arid Environments”, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 376 (2016) 101–120 (co-author).

“The Petra North Ridge Project: Domestic Structures and the City Wall”, pp. 587-595 in Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan XII. Amman: Department of Antiquities, 2016.

“The Roman Army at Petra” Pp. 313-318 in Roman Frontier Studies 2012: Limes XXII: Proceedings of the 22nd   International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies, Ruse, Bulgaria, September 2012. L. Vagalinski and N. Sharankov (eds.) Sofia: National Archaeological Institute, 2015. 

“Feeding the Late Roman Army on the Southern Arabian Frontier”, pp. 212-221 in Understanding Roman Frontiers: A Celebration for Professor Bill Hanson. David J. Breeze, Rebecca H. Jones, and Ioana A. Oltean (eds.). Edinburgh: John Donald, 2015.

“Coarse Ware Pottery of the First through Third Centuries at Roman Aila (Aqaba, Jordan)”, pp. 205-215 in Roman Pottery in the Near East: Local Production and Regional Trade. Proceedings of the Round Table held in Berlin, 19-20 February, 2010. B. Fischer-Genz, Y. Gerber, and H. Hamel (eds.). Roman and Late Antique Mediterranean Pottery 3. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2014.

“The Roman Port of Aila and its Economic Hinterland”, pp. 735-743 in Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan XI: Changes and Challenges. Amman: Department of Antiquities of Jordan, 2013.

“The Roman Port of Aila: Economic Connections with the Red Sea Littoral”. Pp. 79-84 in L. Blue, J. Cooper, R. Thomas and J. Wainwright, eds. Connected Hinterlands: Proceedings of the Red Sea Project IV. Held at the University of Southampton September 2008.  Society for Arabian Studies Monographs No. 8. British Archaeological Reports International Series 2052. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 2009.

 “The Roman Frontier in Southern Arabia: A Synthesis of Recent Research”. Pp. 142-152 in W. S. Hanson, ed., The Army and Frontiers of Rome: Papers offered to David Breeze on the occasion of his sixth-fifth birthday and his retirement from Historic Scotland. JRA Supplementary Series 74. Portsmouth, RI: Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2009.

Arabia Adquisita: The Roman Annexation of Arabia Reconsidered”.  Pp. 1585-1592 in A. Morillo, N. Hanel, and E. Martín, eds., in Limes XX: Roman Frontier Studies. XXth International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. 3 vols. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2009. 

“The Foundation of Aila: A Nabataean Port on the Red Sea”, Pp. 685-690 in Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan X: Crossing Jordan.  Amman: Department of Antiquities of Jordan, 2009.

“The First Archaeological Evidence for Haimation, the Invisible Garum”, Journal of Archaeological Science. 35 (2008) 1821-1827. With Wim Van Neer.

Graduate Advising

Parker supervises students in ancient history, especially those working in the Roman Near East. His current M.A. students are:

Adam Kahn

 

 

Education

  • Ph.D. in Ancient History from University of California at Los Angeles, 1979