David K. Pettegrew

Assistant Professor


Greek and Roman History, Late Antiquity, Mediterranean Archaeology, Latin


Office: 266 Boyer Hall

Phone: 717-766-2511 x 2738

Email: dpettegrew@messiah.edu


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Educational Background




David Pettegrew is an historian of the Ancient Mediterranean World. His research centers on integrating archaeological and textual evidence to narrate local history, especially cities and landscapes. He teaches courses in Latin, Greek and Roman History, Late Antiquity, and Historical Archaeology. Before arriving at Messiah College in 2006, he was Associate Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens where he was conducting research on a dissertation called Corinth on the Isthmus: The End of An Ancient Landscape. In addition to his historical research, he is a professional archaeologist who has participated in archaeological programs in southern Ohio, Kythera and Corinth in Greece, and Larnaka, Cyprus. He is co-director of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project, which is investigating Hellenistic and Roman coastal sites in Cyprus, and regularly takes students to Cyprus or Greece in May-June. He lives in Camp Hill, PA, with his wife, Katie, and baby boy James.


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David has two major projects under way. The Isthmus of Corinth: Crossroads of the Mediterranean World examines the commercial and maritime facility of Corinth's important eastern territory, the isthmus that connected southern and northern Greece. The other project, The Ancient Coastal Towns of Pyla: Koutsopetria, Vigla, Kokkinokremos, is a volume detailing archaeological work in Cyprus and is co-edited with Drs. M. Hadjicosti, W.R. Caraher, and R.S. Moore. He has articles under review on Roman settlement patterns in the Corinthia, Greece and the diolkos of Corinth, and he will be delivering papers this semester on the diolkos and the Corinthian Isthmus.