John Traill

Photo of Abigail Ferstman, Sean Stewart, Joshua Zung, John Traill and Marielle Balanaser who is holding a brush over a wet plate with a paper on topProfessor Emeritus
PhD (Harvard University)

Contact Information

Phone:  (416) 978-7634
Room:  LI 122C

Bio and Research

John Traill is an instructor in CLA201H, Latin and Greek in Scientific Terminology, in the undergraduate Research Opportunities Course, CLA299Y, Biographies of Ancient Athenians, and in the first year seminar course SII 199, Greece’s Wonderland.

He is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Honours Classics, and holds AM and PhD degrees from Harvard University. He has spent 2 years as a post-doctoral research associate at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and 8 years at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

He has published 25 books, the most recent published in November 2016 (and served as editor or co-editor of an additional 5) on Greek inscriptions, the topography of Athens and Attica, and on the people of ancient Athens, and for the last 4 decades has directed the Athenians Project, a research venture applying modern electronic technology to ancient data, specifically as a member of the BRAIN (Big Data Research and Analytics Information Networking) Alliance, a consortium of scholars in computing science in the four universities in the Toronto area. The Athenians Project is involved particularly in Large-Scale Computing, Data Mining, Geomatics, Information Networking, and Visualization.

Based originally at Victoria College and Computer Systems Research Group (later Institute), the Athenians Project is now located in the Department of Classics. The Athenians Project online database search complements the published volumes of Persons of Ancient Athens.

In recent years the Athenians Project has experienced a renaissance with the support of its long-term software supplier, EMPRESS, and the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University.