William Aylward received his M.A. from the department in 1995 and subsequently earned his Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Cincinnati in 2000. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Classics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches ancient Greek and Roman art and archaeology, classical myth, and ancient Greek and Latin. He has been excavating at Greek and Roman archaeological sites in the Mediterranean since 1992. In Italy he participated in Professor Soren's excavations at Poggio Gramignano (Umbria) and Chianciano Terme (Tuscany). These investigations into Roman villas were formative moments in his experience with classical archaeology. With a fellowship from the Council for American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) he studied construction processes of monumental buildings at Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Ephesos, Olympia, Pergamon and Rome. He is also an annual participant in the campaign to ancient Troy in northwestern Turkey. Some of William's most recent publications include: "Granicus River Valley Survey Project, 2004-2005" (with C. Brian Rose et al.), "The Byzantine Fortifications at Pegae (Priapus) on the Sea of Marmara," and "The Portico and Propylaia of the Sanctuary of Athena Ilias at Ilion," all of which appeared in Studia Troica; and "Security, Synoikismos, and Koinon as Determinants for Troad Housing in Classical and Hellenistic Times," in B. Ault and L. Nevett, eds., Ancient Greek Houses and Households: Chronological, Regional, and Social Diversity (University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia 2005).
We interviewed William by email:
What are your fondest memories of your time in the Department of Classics?
I remember UA Classics as an outstanding environment for learning. Personal attention from faculty was extraordinarily high. Camaraderie within our student cohort was strong, and faculty enhanced our teaching and learning by empowering student voices. I was a teaching assistant, research assistant, library assistant, and summer participant on UA archaeological field projects. I continue to cherish memories of these challenges. Frequent reflection on coursework with Professors Soren, Voyatzis and Leonard is a welcome reminder of the enduring training I received in classical archaeology. Also memorable are lessons in ancient Greek and Latin from Professors Austin, Skinner, White and Worthen. This was training for a lifetime, not only in archaeology, language and literature, but also in the profession of Classics.
What about your studies in Classics at the UA has benefited you most in your
The M.A. in Classics from the UA is a powerful tool for advancement. I maintain lasting connections with classmates currently engaged in the field. Most of all, UA Classics taught responsible citizenship.
What particular projects are you currently working on?
At present I am completing work on a multi-volume excavation report on the rescue campaign at Zeugma in 2000, a project of the Packard Humanities Institute. In 2009 I will participate in my thirteenth field season at Troy, where I continue to publish new discoveries in the Greek and Roman city of Ilion for the project annual, Studia Troica. Since 2005, I have been fortunate to participate in a number of projects across Italy, Greece and Turkey for study of processes of monumental construction in ancient Greek and Roman building.