Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture

The Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture invites scholars to share their current research with the research community on Ancient Art and Archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts and in the metropolitan area, and to meet and talk with IFA graduate students.

The study of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture is at a critical stage in its development. In recent years, this field has been characterized by an ever-increasing range of approaches, under the influence of various disciplines such as Sociology, Semiotics, Gender Theory, Anthropology, Reception Theory, and Hermeneutics. The scope of this Seminar is to explore key aspects of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and to assess the current state of the discipline by reviewing and subjecting its current larger theoretical implications, methodologies, and directions of research to critical scrutiny.

Please check the events calendar for upcoming seminars of Greek and Roman Arts and Architecture.

The Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture is sponsored by the Institute of Fine Arts with invaluable support from James R. McCredie and with the contribution of the New York University Center for Ancient Studies.


May 5, 2016
Ann Kuttner, University of Pennsylvania 

May 3, 2016
Luca Giuliani, Humboldt University and Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin

March 31, 2016
Gregory Nagy, Harvard University 
Dora Vassilikou, Athens Archaeological Society 
Nanno Marinatos, University of Illinois-Chicago  
Angelos Chaniotis, Princeton University 
Ioannis Mylonopoulos, Columbia University 
Michael Cosmopoulos, University of Missouri-St. Louis  
Title: Archaeological Discoveries that Changed Greek History: The Athens Archaeological Society
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February 25, 2016
Zeev Weiss, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Houses of the Wealthy in Roman and Late Antique Sepphoris 
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February 18, 2016
Sadie Pickup, Lecturer, Art and Architecture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Christie’s Education, London 
Aphrodite and her Footwear: Sandals & Slippers for a Goddess 

|April 29, 2015
Michael Squire, Lecturer, King's College, London
Homer and the Ekphrasists: Text and Image in the Elder Philostratus’s Scamander (Imagines I.1)

April 2, 2015
Verena Gassner, Professor, University of Vienna
The Hellenistic Sanctuaries of Velia

March 12, 2015
Stefano Vassallo, Superintendency of Palermo
The New Excavations in the Necropolis of Himera ]

February 26, 2015
Jenifer Neils
, Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts, Department of Classics, Case Western Reserve University
The Shield of the Athena Parthenos: A New Reconstruction
September 23, 2014
Jeffrey Hurwit, Philip H. Knight Professor of Art History and Classics, University of Oregon
Who Signed What? Artists and Signatures in Ancient Greece

April 16, 2014
Mark Wilson JonesSenior Lecturer in Architecture and Director of Postgraduate Research, University of Bath
Temples, Orders and Gifts to the Gods in Ancient Greece
February 27, 2014
Ken Lapatin, Associate Curator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum
What’s in a Name: Signatures on Classical Gems, Ancient and Modern
January 30, 2014
Francesco de AngelisAssociate Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology, Columbia University
Gods, Temples, and Visibility: Representing Ritual in Roman State Art 
December 12, 2013
Roland R.R. Smith, Director of Excavations at Aphrodisias; Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, University of Oxford; Research Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
The Greek East under Rome: City Monuments and Political Ideology
November 21, 2013
Tasos Tanoulas, Greek Ministry of Culture, former director of the Propylaia Restoration Project, Athenian Akropolis
The Propylaia to the Athenian Akropolis: New Evidence about the Classical Building

October 30, 2013
Felix Pirson, Director, Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut – Istanbul
Conservation and Restoration Activities in Pergamon and Turkey.

October 3, 2013
Jas ElsnerHumfrey Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology and Art,University of Oxford; Visiting Professor of Art History, University of Chicago
Art and Rhetoric in the Arch of Titus

May 9, 2013
Elizabeth Bartman, President, Archaeological Institute of America 
Henry Blundell and His Classical Marbles

April 4, 2013
François Lissarrague, Professor, L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (ÉHESS), Paris 
Attic Vase-inscriptions: the Verbal and the Visual

March 26, 2013
Tonio Hölscher, Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg 
The Trojan War in Archaic Greek Art: A Chapter on Greek Pessimism

December 6, 2012
Ioannis Mylonopoulos, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
Poseidon and His Youths on Cape Sounion: The Archaic Sanctuary, the Colossal Kouroi, and Political Dedications in Early-Sixth-Century Attica

November 20, 2012
Olga Palagia, Deputy Head of the Faculty of History and Archaeology, University of Athens
The Boscoreale Frescoes as Reflections of Macedonian Funerary Paintings

November 2, 2012
Jas Elsner,  Humfrey Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology and Art, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago
Art and Rhetoric in the Arch of Titus