Matthew Notarian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Classics, Director of Study Abroad

Matt Notarian


Matthew Notarian is a Roman archaeologist specializing in the social history of ancient Italy and digital archaeology. He was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and an exchange fellow of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. He regularly conducts archaeological fieldwork with student participation in Italy, most recently with the Villa di Vergigno (Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy) and the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project (Vacone, Italy). He is also an advocate for study abroad in higher education, and has led Hiram students to Greece and Italy. Before Hiram, he taught at Tulane University and Johns Hopkins University. Charged with reinvigorating Hiram’s Classics program, he teaches a wide variety of courses related to the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, including Latin, ancient history, classical archaeology and numerous topical classes. He also enjoys exploring innovative teaching practices such as historical role-playing games and the use of VR and 3D technology in the classroom.


  • B.A., University of Delaware
  • M.A., University at Buffalo
  • Ph.D., University at Buffalo

Research Interests

Matthew’s research focuses upon Roman urbanism and Roman social history, as well as the socio-economic function of Roman villas. His recent work delves into digital archaeology, exploring the contributions of computational methods and tools, such as GIS, photogrammetry, 3D modeling, and network analysis, towards reconstructing and analyzing the Roman past. He also maintains interests in epigraphy (study of inscriptions), numismatics (study of coins), historiography and antiquarianism. He has participated in fieldwork on a number of projects in Italy and Greece, and has traveled broadly in Europe, North Africa and Turkey to explore Roman material culture.

Selected Publications

Fun Facts

  • Teaches the Ancient World in Film (e.g. Gladiator and 300) and Reacting to the Past (Historical Role-Playing Games)
  • Team-Teaching INTD Study Abroad to Italy in Spring 2022 3-week

Additional Links

Archaeological 3D Models on Sketchfab   PDF Icon linked to my CV