CARUSI Cristina

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Cristina Carusi got her MA in Classics in 1999 from the University of Pisa. She is an alumna of the undergraduate program in Classics and the graduate program in Ancient History of the Scuola Normale Superiore, where she got her PhD in 2006. She held fellowships and research appointments at the Italian Archaeological School in Athens, the University of Parma, and the Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington, DC). She was Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin (2013-2019), member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2018-2019), and from 2019 she is Associate Professor of Greek History at the University of Parma.
She contributed to several national and international conferences and workshops and is the author of several articles in miscellaneous volumes and specialized journals. Among her publications, the monographs “Isole e Peree in Asia Minore. Contributi allo studio dei rapporti tra poleis insulari e territori continentali dipendenti” (Pisa 2003), “Il sale nel mondo greco (VI a.C. – III d.C.). Luoghi di produzione, circolazione commerciale, regimi di sfruttamento nel contesto del Mediterraneo antico” (Bari 2008), and the volume “Nuove ricerche sulla legge granaria ateniese del 374/3 a.C.” (Pisa 2010), edited with A. Magnetto and D. Erdas. She is currently working on a new monograph on the impact that large-scale public building projects had on the economy and society of Classical Athens and the complex relationship between public works and the Athenian democracy, whose title is “Public Building and the Athenian Democracy”.

Research Interests

Greek History; Law, Economy, and Institutions of Greek city-states; Greek Epigraphy; Greek Historiography; Documentary Papyrology

Education and Academic Appointments

Apr. 2019 - present: Associate professor of Greek History, University of Parma

Sep. 2018 - Apr. 2019: Annual Member of the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ

Aug. 2013 - Apr. 2019: Assistant professor of Classics, UT Austin

Aug. 2011 - June 2012: CHS Fellow in Hellenic Studies, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC

Aug. 2006 - July 2010: Research Fellow in Greek History, Department of History, University of Parma

Feb. 2006: PhD (70/70, summa cum laude), Classics (Scuola Normale Superiore)

Dec. 1999: Laurea in Lettere (MA) (110/110, summa cum laude), Classics (Università di Pisa)

Selection of Presentations

By invitation

- “Prima, dopo e intorno a Cervia: il sale nel conteso del Mediterraneo antico attraverso le fonti”. LXXIV Convegno internazionale di studi romagnoli, Cervia, October 2023.

- “Soci in affari: cittadini e non cittadini nello spazio economico ateniese”. Workshop Progetto PRIN 2020 “Sharing in the community”: citizenship and society in the Greek world (VII-II century BC), Università degli Studi di Milano, July 2023.

- “The recruitment and remuneration of construction workers in Classical Athens”. Symposion XXII of the Society for Greek and Hellenistic Legal History, Universität Hamburg, August 2019.

- “The organization of the construction industry in Classical Athens”. Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, February 2019.

- “The organization of the construction industry in Classical Athens”. Ancient Studies Seminar, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, November 2018.

- “Salt and Fish Processing in the ancient Mediterranean: an economically profitable and mutually beneficial relationship”. The Bountiful Sea. Fish Processing and Consumption in Mediterranean Antiquity, University of Oxford, September 2017.

- "The Evolving Format of Building Accounts in Classical Athens". Legal Documents in Ancient Society VIII. Accounts and Bookkeeping in the Ancient World: Question of Structure, International Conference, Schwetzingen, September 2016.

- “Not Just Temples. The Construction Industry in Classical Athens”. Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin, September 2016.

- "On the Vocabulary of Building Contracts". 5th Meeting of Young Historians of Ancient Greek Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Law, September 2016.

- "From Athens to Rome: the contracting out of public works between sale and lease". Law, economy, and society: purchase and sale in ancient law and its reception. A workshop at Harvard University, April 2016.

- “New perspectives on Athenian building contracts”. Center for Hellenic Studies Research Symposium, Washington DC, April 2012.

- “Patterns of demand and distribution of bulk commodities: the case-study of salt and salted fish”. Retail and wholesale in the Greek and Roman eastern Mediterranean, International colloquium, Liverpool, January 2012.

- “Le sel dans les auteurs grecs et latins”. Sel, eau et forêt, hier et aujourd’hui, International conference, Saline Royale d’Arc-et-Senans, Besançon, October 2006.

- “Régimes d’exploitation et fiscalité du sel dans le monde grec et romain”. Las Salinas y la sal de interior en la historia: economía, medioambiente y sociedad, International conference, Sigüenza, September 2006.

- “La legge di Agirrio e le syngraphai ateniesi di IV secolo”. Nuove ricerche sulla legge granaria ateniese del 374/3 a.C., International workshop, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, June 2006.

By refereed abstract

- “Il restauro delle fortificazioni ateniesi nel 307/6 tra imprenditori e benefattori (Maier, Mauerbauinschriften 11)”. VII Seminario Avanzato di Epigrafia Greca (SAEG), Sapienza Università di Roma, Janury 2022.

- “On the format of building accounts (again)”. Layout and materiality of writing in ancient documents from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity: a comparative approach, International Conference in Classics and Ancient History, University of Coimbra, June 2021 (via Zoom).

- “Changing the Epigraphic Habit: from Building Accounts to Building Specifications in Classical Athens”. NACGLE 2020, Georgetown University, Washington DC, January 2020.

- “Temple Building in Classical Athens: A Matter of Labor contingency?”. Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH), Providence, May 2017.

- "Stone on stone. The organization of the building-stone industry in Classical Athens through the epigraphic evidence". Second North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, UC Berkeley, January 2016.

- "From stone to archives and back: a case-study on the recording of public contracts in classical Athens". Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH), Santa Barbara, May 2015.

- “Athenian syngraphai: archives, stones, and politics”. The Materiality of Texts, International conference, Durham University, September 2012.

- “The lease of the Piraeus theatre and the lease terminology in classical Athens”. 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Philadelphia, January 2012.

- “Le syngraphai ateniesi di V e IV secolo”. Primo Seminario Avanzato di Epigrafia Greca, Bologna, January 2009.


University of Parma

Courses taught (2019-present):

Greek History (Undergraduate Lower-Division Lecture Course for Arts and Classics majors);

Greek History LM (Graduate Seminar for Classics MA students);

Greek History (Undergraduate Upper-Division Lecture Course for Philosophy majors) [until 2021];

Greek Epigraphy and Institutions (Undergraduate Upper-Division Lecture Course for Arts and Classics majors) [since 2022].

The University of Texas at Austin

Courses taught (2013-2018):

AHC 325 - History of Greece to the end of the Peloponnesian War (then AHC 325 - Archaic and Classical Greece);

AHC 325 - History of Greece to 146 BC (then AHC 325 - Alexander and the Hellenistic World);

AHC 378 - The Economies of the Greek Cities;

  GK 324 - Advanced Greek;

GK 385 - Classical Historiography and Greek Prose;

GK 390 - Epigraphy and the Economy of the Greek Cities;

AHC 319 - Ancient Mediterranean World;

UGS 302 - Leaders and Leadership: Pericles, Alcibiades, and Alexander the Great.

Professional service

  • Co-organizer of the workshop Seminario parmense sulla didattica della storia antica, Università di Parma, May 2023 (with Alessandro Pagliara and Luca Iori).
  • Head of the Parma research unit of the PRIN 2020 project “Sharing in the community”: citizenship and society in the Greek world (VII-II century BC), Principal Investigator M. Faraguna (Università di Milano Statale). May 2022 - present
  • Co-organizer of the workshop Documenti, supporti, layout. Giornata fiorentina fra epigrafia e papirologia, Università degli Studi di Firenze (with Davide Amendola, Francesca Maltomini, and Emilio Rosamilia). May 2022.
  • Co-organizer of the panel Layout and materiality of writing in ancient documents from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity: a comparative approach for the International Conference in Classics and Ancient History, University of Coimbra (with Davide Amendola and Emilio Rosamilia). June 2021.
  • Co-organizer of the refereed panel Graphic Display: Form and Meaning in Greek and Latin Writing for the 2019 SCS meeting (with Paula Perlman). January 2019.
  • Member of the advisory board of GEI - Greek Economic Inscriptions online. 2018-present.
  • Member of the advisory board of the “3rd Congress on the Anthropology of Salt”, Salinas de Añana (Spain), September 2018.
  • Co-Organizer, Nuove ricerche sulla legge granaria ateniese del 374/3 a.C. (with Anna Magnetto and Donatella Erdas). International workshop, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, June 2006.

Fellowships, Awards, and Grants

  • Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Member 2018-2019.
  • Grant of the Academic Enrichment Fund, UT Austin, Fall 2016.
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Parma, Spring 2016.
  • College Research Fellowship, UT Austin, Spring 2016.
  • Foreign Language Teaching Excellence nominee, UT Austin, 2015.
  • Eurias Program Fellowship, 2013 (declined).
  • Center for Hellenic Studies Fellowship, 2011-2012.
  • Italian Archaeological School Fellowship, 2005-2006.
  • Giorgio Pasquali Fellowship, Scuola Normale Superiore, 2004.
  • Scuola Normale Superiore Fellowship for Graduate Studies, 2000-2003.
  • Giovani Ricercatori Grant for the research project "Isole e peree in Asia Minore", Scuola Normale Superiore, 2002.
  • University of Pisa Best Graduate in Liberal Arts, 1999.
  • Scuola Normale Superiore Fellowship for Undergraduate Studies, 1995-1999.

Professional associations

Society for Classical Studies (former American Philological Association); Association of Ancient Historians; American Society for Greek and Latin Epigraphy; Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine; Mediterranean Studies Association; Consulta Universitaria per la Storia Greca e Romana.        

During the second semester, the instructor helds office hour in person on Thursdays, from 10:30am to 11:30am, or by appointment either in person or online. In either case, please, write to at least one day in advance stating the reason for your request.

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2024/2025

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2023/2024

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2022/2023

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019


Other appointments

Erasmus+ Program (SMT) contact person for departmental students

Lines of research

Economic history of Classical and Hellenistic Greece, Greek epigraphy, Law and institutions of Greek city-states, History of salt in the ancient Mediterranean, History of Greek islands, Documentary papyrology, Greek historiography


Phone number
Office location
Plesso D'Azeglio
Strada Massimo D'Azeglio, 85
43125 PARMA