Gwyn Davies

Gwyn Davies

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 395-A
Phone: 305-348-2974

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Archaeology. March 2001
M.Res. Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Archaeology. July 1996
B.A. Institute of Archaeology, University College London Archaeology. July 1995
LL.M. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Intl. Law. July 1988
LL.B. University College Wales, Aberystwyth, Law. July 1984

Research Interests:

Professor Gwyn Davies specializes in ancient history and culture. Trained as an archeologist, he has conducted extensive fieldwork to identify the component structural elements of offensive Roman siege operations, establishing how "siege system" selection was determined, and ascertaining the connotative aspects of siege structures. He has conducted fieldwork in Albania, Britain, France, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Spain and Turkey

His current research in the area of siege works involves further fieldwork to clarify siege systems currently un/under recorded. He also investigates the symbolic consequences of landscape modification including a phenomenological approach to the impact of siege structures on both besiegers and besieged. Another line of work concerns Roman frontiers. He is researching the mechanisms of imperial supervision in upland/desert areas that did not undergo the conventional, urban-oriented process of assimilation, including the role of local elites in maintaining hegemonic networks of control. He is also exploring the garrison/policing regime in fourth century Palaestina/Arabia with particular reference to the excavations at Osia/Yotvata. With an interest in ‘superpower’ interactions in the classical world, strategic approaches to imperial expansion, establishing the limits of empire and investigating the dynamics of the imperial-indigenous interface are also areas that concern him.

Dr. Davies teaches introductory courses on Western Civilization and early European history. Some of his upper division and graduate seminars cover Greek History, Roman Provinces , Roman Britain, the Age of Alexander, the ancient Mediterranean, and comparative approaches to warfare.

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