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About Dorian Borbonus

Dr. Borbonus is an Associate Professor in the History Department where he teaches courses in ancient Greek and Roman history. He studied Classical Archaeology in Berlin and Philadelphia, and was a regular member at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens from 2001-2002. He has traveled and excavated in Greece and Turkey and lived in Athens and Rome. He speaks German and Italian and reads French, Latin, and ancient Greek.
Dr. Borbonus is interested in Roman cities and his research concentrates on the development of Roman funerary architecture and art. He was a contributing author on the Mapping Augustan Rome project and has written a book on columbarium tombs, enigmatic tombs in Rome that resemble the more familiar catacombs. Currently, he is working on a research project on the development of funerary culture in imperial Rome and spent the academic year 2016-17 as a Rome Prize fellow at the American Academy in Rome to carry out the research underlying this book. The goal of this project is to create a narrative of historical change in the imperial capital that is based primarily on material culture. Dr. Borbonus is also engaged in fieldwork that documents the extant architecture of the Roman Cemetery of San Paolo in Rome.


2016 - Present Associate Professor, University of Dayton Department of History
2008 - 2016 Assistant Professor, University of Dayton Department of History


2018 - Present Liberal Arts Catalyst Grant
University of Dayton, College of Arts and Sciences
2016 - 2017 Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman/National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize
American Academy in Rome
2016 - 2016 Summer Stipend
National Endowment for the Humanities
2014 - 2014 DAI Fellowship for Study in Berlin
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
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  • HST 304 Ancient History and Modern Ideology
  • HST 303 Roman Imperial Rule
  • HST 302 Identity in Ancient Greece
  • HST 220 Survey of Ancient History
  • HST 103 The West and the World


2006 PhD, University of Pennsylvania

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Phone: 937-229-2802


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