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Susan Downie

Instructor III

Degrees:BA (Waterloo), MA (Toronto), PhD (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3391


Susan Downie, Instructor III in Greek and Roman Studies, completed her B.A. in Classical Studies and History at the University of Waterloo before moving to the University of Toronto for her M.A. and Ph.D. Her Graduate Studies included work in both Greek and Latin language, in addition to art historical and archaeological training. She excavated at the Minoan harbour site of Kommos, Crete, and has led several study tours of Greece and Turkey, lecturing on architecture, sanctuaries and religion from the Bronze Age to late Classical periods.

Her area of academic expertise is Greek history (both political and social) from the Late Bronze Age to the fifth century BC. Downie’s doctoral thesis (2004) examined the uses of hero cult for political propaganda at the Panhellenic sanctuaries of Delphi and Olympia, and her current research continues to focus on the interaction of politics and religion in the Archaic and Classical Greek world.

Research Interests

  • Greek History (Herodotus and Persian Wars)
  • Classical Mythology and Religion
  • Greek Art and Architecture (Bronze Age to Classical Greek)
  • Bronze Age and Archaic fortifications of Acrocorinth

Courses Fall Winter 2022/2023

CLCV 2303A/ARTH 2102 B Greek Art and Archaeology (W)
CLCV 3201A/HIST 3009A Greeks and Persians (F)
CLCV 3306A/ARTH 3102A; RELI 3732A The Greek Sanctuary (F)
CLCV 4801A Athens through the Ages (W)
GREK 1005A Introduction to Greek I (F)
GREK 1006A Introduction to Greek II ((W)