Eliza Gettel is an historian of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. She specializes in the social and political history of mainland Greece under Roman power. Her current research focuses on how the koinon or so-called ‘federal state’ structure of the Greek world both persisted and transformed after much of the region that is now the modern nation-state of Greece became the Roman province of Achaea. The project has been supported by national fellowships and awards from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the Association of Ancient Historians, and the Social Science Research Council.
Additionally, she is currently publishing on displaced persons in the Hellenistic Mediterranean and has previously published on the relationship between anthropological and classical scholarship in the late 19th-early 20th centuries. She continues to pursue a deep interest in the reception of antiquity in the politics of 20th century Greece.
Material evidence surviving from the Greek and Roman worlds plays a large role in her teaching and research both in the classroom and on-site. In teaching and studying material evidence, she draws on her experience as a US-UK Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, where she completed her M.A. in Social Archaeology. She has taken part in archaeological excavations in Greece, Turkey, and Jordan, and she has been an affiliated fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the American Academy in Rome. She further specializes in Greek epigraphy, and she has worked at Harvard Art Museums to catalogue coins of mainland Greece and the Peloponnese.