Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

Department ofClassics and Ancient
Mediterranean Studies

Mary Lou Zimmerman Munn

Mary Lou Zimmerman Munn
Emerita Associate Teaching Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Pronouns: She/Her


My interests lie in the archaeology and cultural history of Greece, the Aegean, and the Central and Eastern Mediterranean from the Bronze Age through the early Hellenistic period. I am particularly fascinated with the economic, diplomatic, and religious interconnections between these regions.  My doctoral dissertation investigated Corinthian Trade with the West in the Classical and Early Hellenistic Periods. I have excavated at Carthage in Tunisia, Poggio Civitate (Murlo) in Tuscany, Italy, and in Ancient Corinth in Greece, and participated in the Argolid Exploration Project in Greece.  I have served as Assistant Director of the Skourta Plain Survey Project and Excavations at Panakton.  I have a long association with the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and served as Gertrude Smith Professor and co-director of the ASCSA Summer Session in 2005 and 2011.  My commitment to teaching extends to Study Abroad programs, and I have co-directed the Penn State Spring Semester in Athens in 1999, 2005, and 2011, and the Study Tour of Roman History and Archaeology in 2012.  I am currently researching the pottery and minor finds from the Argolid Exploration Project.

Honors and Awards:

Faculty Marshal for Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Commencement 2007, 2012, 2013.

Public Scholarship Course Development/Enhancement Grant for Democracy and Crisis in Ancient Athens: Redesigning CAMS 25 (U) for Interactive Learning and Democratic Capacity Building, 2007, taught for Schreyer Honors College spring 2008 & fall 2012, & as an Honors First Year Seminar in fall 2008 and fall 2009.

Education Details:

Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College, 1982
M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College, 1976
B.A. in Classics, Pitzer College, 1974


"From Beyond the Pillars of Herakles: Corinthian Trade with the Punic West in the Classical Period," in Corinth, volume XX, Corinth: The Centenary, 1896-1996, Charles K. Williams II and Nancy Bookidis, Editors, Princeton (June 2003), pp. 195-217.

"On the Frontier of Attica and Boiotia: the Results of the Stanford Skourta Plain Project, 1985-1989," with Mark H. Munn, in Teiresias, Supplement 3 (1990), pp. 33-40.

"Studies on the Attic‑Boiotian Frontier: The First Season of the Stanford Skourta Plain Project," with Mark H. Munn, Boeotia Antiqua, volume I, Amsterdam 1989, pp. 73‑127.

Mary Lou Munn


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