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Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer, portrait
Associate Professor
Ellis 244

Ohio University faculty member since 1995.

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Ph.D., University of Cincinnati (1989)


  • Greek, Roman and Egyptian Archaeology
  • Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age Economy
  • Linear B and other Aegean Scripts
  • Food Studies for the Ancient Mediterranean

Courses Taught

  • CARS 2000 The Wonders of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • CARS 2010 Greek Archaeology
  • CARS 2020 Roman Archaeology
  • CARS 2030 Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
  • CARS 2040 Egyptian Archaeology
  • CARS 2170 Food, Drink, and Identity in the Ancient World
  • CARS 3420 Women in the Ancient Mediterranean

Research and Publications

Paper: “Agrimia in the Knossos Tablets,” in Aegean Scripts. Proceedings of the 14th Mycenological Colloquium, Copenhagen 2-5 September 2015, M.-L. Nosch and H. Landenius Enegren (eds), Ingunabula Graeca Vol. CV, 1, Roma 2017, 391-416.

Paper: “Managing the Wild: Deer and Agrimia in the Late Bronze Age Aegean,” in PHYSIS: L’environnement naturel et la relation homme-milieu dans le monde égéen protohistorique, Touchais, Gilles, Robert Laffineur, and Françoise Rougemont, eds. Aegaeum 37, 2014, 391-399.

Paper: “Deer in the Linear B Tablets.” in Études mycéniennes 2010: Carlier, Pierre, Charles de Lamberterie, Markus Egetmeyer, Nicole Guilleux, Françoise Rougemont, and Julien Zurbach, eds. Pasiphae 10, 2012, 357-382.

Encyclopedia article: ‘Redistribution’ in The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, R. Bagnall (ed.) Wiley-Blackwell 2013. 1500 words.

Encyclopedia articles: “Agriculture, Greek,” (1220 words); “Animal Husbandry,” (1000 words), Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, 2010.

Paper: “Wheat and Barley in Mycenaean Society: 15 years later,” in Colloquium Romanum II, L. Godart – A. Sacconi (eds), Pasiphae 2, Rome 2008, 621-639.

Chapter 2, “How to Begin: an Introduction to Linear B Conventions and Resources,” in A Companion to Linear B.  Mycenaean Greek Texts and their World, Y. Duhoux and A. Morpurgo Davies (eds), Peeters, Louvain 2008, 25-68.

Paper: “Models in Linear B Landholding: an Analysis of Methodology”, in J. Bennet and J. Driessen (eds.), A-NA-QO-TA Studies presented to J. T. Killen,Minos 33-34 (1998-1999), Salamanca 2002, 223-250.

Paper: “Wine in Bronze Age Crete: the Textual Evidence,” 95-104, in A. K. Mylopotamikaki (ed.) Oinos palaios hedupotos: to kretiko krasi apo ta proistorika os ta neotera khronia, Hypourgeio politismou archaeiologiko institouto Kretes 2002.

Paper: “Trade in Wine, Perfumed Oils and Foodstuffs: The Linear B Evidence and Beyond,” 125-138, in V. Karageorghis and Ch. Stamatakis (eds.) Sea Routes: Interconnections in the Mediterranean 16th-6th c. BC. Proceedings of the International Symposium, Rethymnon, Crete Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2002.

Article: “Frau: 1. Minoische und Mykenische Kultur,” Der Neue Pauly, Band 12/2. Verlag J. B. Metzler: Stuttgart. Link to ALICE record

Chapter 2: “Bridging the Gap: the Continuity of Greek Agriculture from the Mycenaean to the Historical Period”, in Prehistory and History:Class, Ethnicity and Political Economy, David Tandy (ed.), Critical Perspectives on Historic Issues: 10, Black Rose Books, 2001, 41-84. Link to OhioLINK record

Paper: “Perishable Goods in Mycenaean Texts”, Floreant Studia Mycenaea. Proceedings of the 10th International Colloquium on Mycenaean and Aegean Texts, S. Deger-Jalkotzy and G. Nightingale (eds.). Salzburg, 1999, 463-485. Link to OhioLINK record

Appendices A and B on Bronze Age and Iron Age Aegean and Cypriote burials with horses, in L. Edmunds, “The Horse and the Maiden.” Dec. 20, 1999.

Chapter: “The Terracotta Disks from Alambra, Cyprus”, in J. E. Coleman et al.,Alambra. A Middle Bronze Age Settlement in Cyprus. SIMA CXVIII, 1996, 218-233.

Paper: “Linear A Commodities: a Comparison of Resources” in Politeia, R. Laffineur and W-D. Niemeier (eds.), Aegaeum 12 (1995), Liege, 133-154. Link to ALICE record

Chapter 17: “Wine and Viticulture in the Linear A and B Texts of the Bronze Age Aegean” in the Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Origins and Ancient History of Wine Gordon and Breach 1995, pp. 269-286. Link to OhioLINK record

Book: Wine in the Mycenaean Palace Economy, Aegaeum 10 (1994), Liege. Link to ALICE record

Paper: “Wheat and Barley in Mycenaean Society,” Mykenaika. 9th International Colloquium on Mycenaean and Aegean Texts, Athens, Greece, Oct. 2-6 1990; J.-P. Olivier (ed.) BCH Supplement XXV, 1992, pp. 473-495.

Response to V. Aravantinos “The Inscribed Sealings from Thebes,” in T. G. Palaima (ed.), Aegean Seals, Sealings and Administration, Aegaeum 5, Liege 1990, pp. 168-170. Link to ALICE record

Article: “Subsistence Rations at Pylos and Knossos,” Minos 24 (1989), pp. 89-124.