Philip T Stinson

Phil Stinson
  • Associate Professor of Classics, Curator-in-Charge of the Wilcox Classical Museum

Contact Info

Office Phone:
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Wescoe Hall, room #1036
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590


Phil Stinson joined KU's Classics faculty in 2007. He earned degrees in Architecture and architectural history/theory from Ball State University, Harvard University, and UCLA (B.Arch. 1991, M. Des. St. 1995, MA 2001, respectively), and in History of Art and Classical Archaeology from New York University (Ph.D. 2007).


Phil Stinson's research interests include the architecture and urbanism of ancient Greek and Roman cities, Roman wall-painting, the digital humanities, and the history of "classical museums" in North America. His first book on the Civil Basilica of Aphrodisias is published by Reichert, Wiesbaden (Aphrodisias VII, 2016). Other publications include an article on Roman incised architectural drawings, in Aphrodisias Papers 5 (JRA, Suppl. Series 103, 2016), an article on the perspective systems used in Roman Second Style wall-painting (AJA 115, 2011), a chapter on the Civil Basilica of Aphrodisias in Aphrodisias Papers 4 (JRA Suppl. 70, 2008), and a chapter on an early Classical painted tomb at Sardis in Love for Lydia, Sardis Report 4 (Harvard Univ. Press, 2008). Archaeological reconstructions appeared in K. Welch's The Roman Amphitheatre from its Origins to the Colosseum (Cambridge, 2007), and have appeared in many other articles and exhibitions. In 2010 Phil received a large collaborative grant to study the karez water systems of southern Afghanistan using remotely gathered data and GIS.

Research interests:

  • archaeology
  • history
  • art history
  • digital humanities
  • museums
  • Greece
  • Rome
  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • architectural history
  • urbanism


At KU, Phil Stinson teaches courses in Greek and Roman archaeology and art history, and in the history, theory, and methods of classical archaeology. His classes often meet in the Wilcox Classical Museum. His research interests include the architecture and urbanism of Classical cities, ancient wall-painting, and the digital humanities.

Selected Publications

Stinson, P. “The Multifaceted Architectural Refinements in the Julio-Claudian Sebasteion of Aphrodisias.” Journal of Roman Archaeology, vol. 32, 2019, pp. 39–65.
Stinson, P., et al. “The Remote-Sensing Assessment of a Threatened Ancient Water Technology in Afghanistan.” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, vol. 10, no. December 2016, Nov. 2016, pp. 441–53.
Stinson, Philip. “New Incised Drawings from the Basilica.” </i>Smith, R.R.R., et al. (Eds.) <i>Aphrodisias Papers 5: Excavation and Research at Aphrodisias, 2006-2012, edited by et al., vol. 103, 2016, pp. 225–42.
Stinson, Philip. Aphrodisias VII: Results of the Excavations at Aphrodisias in Caria Conducted by New York University. The Civil Basilica. Reichert Verlag, 2016.

Selected Presentations

Stinson, P. (10/22/2019). Revenge of the Plastic Parthenons: 3D-Printing and the Study of Roman Architecture. Sponsored by the Madison, WI, Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Madison, WI
Stinson, P. (3/30/2018). Appearances and Patronage in the Sebasteion of Aphrodisias. Penn Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Stinson, P. (11/18/2017). Architecture and Sculpture of a Julio-Claudian Temple in Central Sardis. ASOR Annual Meeting. Boston, MA

Awards & Honors

Williams Visiting Professor of Roman Architecture
Department of Art History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement, College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University


Phil Stinson is curator and director of the Wilcox Classical Museum.