Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow (born 1949)[1] is an American archaeologist known for her studies of hydraulic engineering in the ancient world. She works at Brandeis University as a professor of classical studies, the Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman Endowed Chair in the Humanities, and co-director of graduate studies in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies.[2]


Koloski-Ostrow has a bachelor's degree from Upsala College in New Jersey, and a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.[2]


Koloski-Ostrow's books include:

  • The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy: Toilets, Sewers, and Water Systems (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)[3]
  • The Sarno Bath Complex: Architecture in Pompeii's Last Years (L'Erma di Bretschneider, 1990)[4]

She is also an editor of volumes including:

  • Roman Toilets: Their Archaeology and Cultural History (with Gemma Jansen and Eric Moormann, Peeters, 2011)[5]
  • Naked Truths: Women, Sexuality, and Gender in Classical Art and Archaeology (with Claire L. Lyons, Routledge, 1997)[6]


  1. ^ Birth year from Library of Congress catalog entry, retrieved 2020-02-13
  2. ^ a b "Ann O. Koloski-Ostrow, The Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman Endowed Chair in the Humanities", Brandeis Faculty Guide, Brandeis University, retrieved 2020-02-13
  3. ^ Reviews of The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy:
  4. ^ Reviews of The Sarno Bath Complex:
    • Biers, Jane C. (July 1992), American Journal of Archaeology, 96 (3): 570, doi:10.2307/506086, JSTOR 506086CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Nielsen, Inge (1993), Gnomon, 65 (4): 349–351, JSTOR 27691353CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Foucher, L. (January–March 1994), Latomus, 53 (1): 235–236, JSTOR 41536882CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  5. ^ Reviews of Roman Toilets:
  6. ^ Reviews of Naked Truths:
    • Talalay, Lauren E. (July 1998), American Journal of Archaeology, 102 (3): 620–621, doi:10.2307/506408, JSTOR 506408CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Massar, Natacha (1999), L'Antiquité Classique, 68: 465–466, JSTOR 41634497CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Davidson, James (2000), "Reassuring the Patriarchy", The Classical Review, New Series, 50 (2): 532–536, doi:10.1093/cr/50.2.532, JSTOR 3064805
    • Koloski-Ostrow, Ann Olga; Lyons, Claire L. (Autumn 2000 – Winter 2001), Woman's Art Journal, 21 (2): 66, doi:10.2307/1358774, JSTOR 1358774CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Molin, Michel (October–December 2000), Latomus, 59 (4): 969–970, JSTOR 41542298CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)