Harry M. Drake Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Fine Arts
Archaeology, Ancient Middle East, Ancient Religions


Professor Overman specializes in religion, culture, and ethnicity in the Greco-Roman world. He teaches courses on archaeology, India and Rome, Early Arab & Persian Empires, Romans, Christians & Jews, and occasional courses on issues facing the Modern Middle East. He has written widely on the development of Christianity and Judaism in the Roman world, the interaction between cultures and races in the Roman Empire, diaspora Judaism, and archaeology of the Roman world. Professor Overman is an archaeologist who is currently the director of the Omrit dig in Israel. Each summer students accompany him to this site in the Middle East to conduct excavations of a Roman temple.

BA: St. John’s University
BD: University of Edinburgh, Scotland
PhD: Boston University