Jennifer Tobin received her BA in Classical Studies from Stanford University and her PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. From 1992-97, she was Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. She is now Professor Emerita of History and Classics, University of Illinois, Chicago. Professor Tobin has worked on archaeological projects in Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and Greece. She speaks Modern Greek, German, French, Italian and Turkish, and has published widely on everything from Roman architecture in Syria to Alexander the Great. Her books include Black Cilicia: A Study of the Plain of Issus during the Roman and Late Roman Periods and Herodes Attikos and the City of Athens. She has been a featured teacher for The Modern Scholar series – Learn Out Loud, recorded not-for-credit lecture courses taught by university professors, including the Glory that was Greece and The Grandeur that was Rome. Twice a recipient of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Silver Circle Teaching Award, Professor Tobin’s enthusiasm, marvelous teaching skills, and appreciation of the people and archaeology of the Mediterranean World is infectious.
Tours Led by Jennifer Tobin
- Greek Isles: Cyclades, Santorini, and AeginaJune 11 - 24, 2023 | Robert Garland The isles of the Aegean offer travelers a unique perspective of Greece, ancient and modern. A wealth of archaeological sites set in stunning locations reveal the myth and history specific to each island: Tinos, Mykonos, Delos, Despotiko, Paros, and Naxos in the Cyclades archipelago, and then Santorini and Aegina.
- Sail the Sapphire Seas of TurkeyApril 25 - May 9, 2022 and April 26 - May 10, 2023 | Jennifer Tobin Join only eight others on a 15-day odyssey including eight days onboard a private yacht. Explore the dazzling remains of former civilizations, fascinating crusader's castles, and remote fishing villages. Enjoy the leisure time to hike, swim in the crystal-clear water of the Eastern Mediterranean or simply snooze on deck. And during the voyage, enjoy informal talks on the culture, archaeology, and history of Turkey. Each day presents a new discovery!
- Eastern Turkey TourMay 13 – 28, 2022 and May 13 – 28, 2023 | Jennifer Tobin Rugged, beautiful eastern Turkey offers the adventurer a fascinating past and a cornucopia of historical monuments - the Armenian capital of Ani; the stunning tomb of King Antiochus I on the top Nemrud Mountain; Zeugma’s stunning mosaics; Ayanis, the ancient capital of Urartu; Karahantepe and Göbekli Tepe dating back to 11,000 years ago; and Diyarbakır, one of the oldest cities in the world.
- The Wonders of TunisiaOctober 15 - 30, 2022 & October 14 - 29, 2023 | Jennifer Tobin On this 16-day tour experience Tunisia’s riches from Phoenician remains, Roman amphitheaters and aqueducts, Arab fortresses, and Jewish synagogues, thousand-year old mosques, and vibrant Berber (Amazigh) fortified villages. And see all seven of Tunisia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Dougga, Kairouan, the medinas of Sousse and Tunis, the Punic remains of Kerkouane, magnificent Carthage, and El Jem, the largest Roman amphitheater in North Africa.