Craig Hardiman

Chair (Interim), Classical Studies; Director of Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies


PhD, Ohio State University
MA, University of Western Ontario
BA, Concordia University
BComm, Concordia University

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Craig Hardiman

Research Interests

  • Hellenistic Sculpture and Aesthetics
  • Greek and Roman Art
  • Hellenistic and Augustan Poetry
  • The Antique in Renaissance Art 

My work primarily focuses on the domestic art of the Hellenistic period (323-31 BCE) – the kinds of sculptures, paintings and mosaics people would have had in their homes. I am also interested in how these people understood their art and so have an interest in ancient aesthetic theory and the possible ways modern neuroscience can help in this understanding. More broadly I work on the art, especially the sculpture, and the culture of the Hellenistic period.


  • Hellenistic Art
  • Greek and Roman Art
  • Study Trips Abroad - Greece, Italy, Turkey
  • Greek and Roman Science and Technology

I teach a wide variety of courses from the first year (CLAS 100 – Introduction to Classical Studies) to graduate courses and seminars (CLAS 691 – Art and Text: Problems and Issues). I will be teaching a fourth-year seminar this year on the Art of Hellenistic Royalty and in the spring, I will teach our 3-week Study Abroad Course (CLAS 390), as we visit the archaeological sites and museums of Southern Italy and Sicily. I hope to keep teaching a breadth of courses for students of all levels and interests.

Dr. Hardiman and Waterloo Students outside Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

 Dr. Hardiman and Waterloo Students outside Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Graduate Supervision

I have been the supervisor for many students in our MA program, with topics ranging from Bronze Age Delos to Gandharan Sculpture to A Network Analysis of the Spartan Acropolis. Most of the students I have supervised, or been a reader on their committee, have worked on aspects of Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology and I am happy to accept any new graduate students interested in these and allied fields.

Administration & Service

In the past, I have served several roles within the department, most notably as graduate coordinator, but currently I am on the Board of Directors of our Faculty Association and am on numerous committees dealing specifically with mental illness and the mental wellbeing of students, faculty and staff on campus. I am also on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute in Greece.

For more detailed information see my Curriculum Vitae.