Department of History



Allaire Stallsmith

Associate Professor of History

PhD University of Pennsylvania, 1976

Office:   LA 4225
Phone:   410-704-2911
Fax:   410-704-5595
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Allaire B. Stallsmith focused on ancient Greek religion as an undergraduate at Barnard and earned her PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. Her dissertation advisor, Michael H. Jameson, piqued her interest in ancient Greek religion and agriculture, which led her to fieldwork in Greece to reconstruct the ancient agricultural calendar. Her dissertation, The Attic Festivals of Demeter and Their Relation to the Agricultural Year, was published by Arno Press in 1981. Her interest in ancient agriculture led her into ethnoarchaeology; as a result, she has worked for a few archaeological survey projects. Her research interests include ancient religions, the Attic cult calendar and the history of Cretan agriculture. She is currently researching the archaeological, epigraphical and historical evidence for the pan-Mediterranean cult of Demeter Thesmophoros, goddess of grain agriculture.

Selected Publications

  • “Interpreting the Athenian Thesmophoria”, Classical Bulletin 84 (2009): 28-45
  • “The Name of Demeter Thesmophoros,” Greek,Roman and Byzantine Studies 48 (2008):115-131.
  • “Η υπογραφή του Βιτσέντζου Κορνάρου στον Ἀγιο Αντώνιο, στη Μυρσίνη,” Amaltheia 38 (2007): 49-60.
  • "One Colony, Two Mother Cities: Cretan Agriculture under Venetian and Ottoman Rule", Hesperia Supplements, Between Venice and Istanbul: Colonial Landscapes in Early Modern Greece 40 (2007): 151-171.

Recent Lectures and Presentations

  • “Stelae from the Sanctuary of Demeter Malophoros in Selinus”, Archaeological Institute of America, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA, January 9th, 2009.
  • ”The Cult of Demeter Malophoros at Selinus,” Association of Ancient Historians, Annual Meeting, April 11, 2008.
  • “Women’s Mysteries and Thesmophoria,” American Philological Association, Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, January 4, 2008.







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