Dr. Burke received an A.B. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1965 and 1971, respectively. He has been at Clark since 1976. He is affiliated with the programs in Ancient Civilization, Comparative Literature, Holocaust Studies, and Race and Ethnic Relations.
Current Research and Teaching
Dr. Burke teaches a wide variety of courses on the Clark campus, including: Introduction to Classical Greek, Jews and Christians in the Ancient World, Classical Mythology, Roman Art and Architecture, and Religious Experience in the Ancient World. He has taught a course on Roman archaeology in Clark's Luxembourg May Term and has directed numerous study-abroad tours of Southern Italy and Sicily.
Dr. Burke is past president of the Vergilian Society which offers, through its Classical Summer School, courses on Greek and Roman history, art, and archaeology in Southern Italy, France, Israel, and elsewhere in the Mediterranean. He has published research on the Roman poet Vergil, malaria in ancient history, and ancient religion, including early Christianity. His book, Olympians: The Gods and Goddesses of Classical Greece, was published in 2001.
Olympians: The Gods and Goddesses of Classical Greece (Luxembourg: Centre Alexandre Wiltheim) 2001.
"Malaria in the Graeco-Roman World," in Aufsteig und Niedergang der Römischen Welt/Rise and Decline of the Roman World, Volume II.37.3 (de Gruyter, Berlin and New York: 1995), pp. 2252-2281.
"Roman Rites for the Dead and the Cult of the Saints," in Roman Religion in Gallia Belgica and the Germaniae, pp. 1-12.