Professor Dicus received his PhD from the Interdepartmental Program of Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan, and both his B.A. (English and Anthropology) and M.A. (Classics) from the University of Arizona. He joined the Department of Classics in 2015 and teaches topics about the archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world as well as Latin and literature courses.
Professor Dicus’ primary interest is the archaeology of Italy during the mid- to late-Republican period. Since 2006 he has worked as Excavation Supervisor for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia, for which he is now co-authoring the first volume of the final excavation report. Other interests include material culture theory, formation processes in the archaeological record, the sacred landscape of the Tolfa Mountains north of Rome, and waste management strategies in ancient urban settings, which is the subject of his current book project.