Seminar on Ancient Art and Archaeology

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

The study of Ancient Art and Archaeology 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 Ancient Art and Archaeology, 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 Ancient Art and Archaeology.


April 25, 2019
Sheramy Bundrick, University of South Florida, Saint Petersburg
Athens, Etruria, and the Entanglements of Ancient Greek Vases

April 16, 2019
Alan Shapiro, Johns Hopkins University
Communicating with the Divine in Classical Athenian Art

February 28, 2019
Alessandro Naso, University of Naples Federico II
Etruscan and Italic Finds in the Aegean

September 27, 2018
Francesca Spatafora, Archaeological Museum of Palermo
“Colonial Encounters” in Archaic Western Sicily

April 5, 2018
Milette Gaifman, Yale University
The Two-dimensional and Three-dimensional in Greek Painted Pots

March 1, 2018
Alessandro Pierattini, University of Notre Dame)
The Temple Before the Order: The Origins of Greek Temple Architecture

November 16, 2017
Rachel Kousser, CUNY
The Red and the Black: Materiality in Hellenistic Sculpture

October 18, 2017
Vinzenz Brinkmann, Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt am Main
The Enigma of the Riace Bronzes: A New Approach

November 30, 2016
Nathan Arrington, Princeton University
Style and Status in Early Athens

October 21, 2016
Ann Kuttner, University of Pennsylvania
In Stony Mirrors: Spectatorship, Performance, and Roman 'Historical Relief'

May 3, 2016
Luca Giuliani, Humboldt University and Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin
The Emergence and Function of Narrative Images in Ancient Greece

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
Archaeological Discoveries that Changed Greek History: The Athens Archaeological Society

February 25, 2016
Zeev Weiss, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Houses of the Wealthy in Roman and Late Antique Sepphoris

April 29, 2015
Michael Squire, 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, 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, Case Western Reserve University
The Shield of the Athena Parthenos: A New Reconstruction

September 23, 2014
Jeffrey Hurwit, University of Oregon
Who Signed What? Artists and Signatures in Ancient Greece

April 16, 2014
Mark Wilson Jones, University of Bath
Temples, Orders and Gifts to the Gods in Ancient Greece

February 27, 2014
Ken Lapatin, J. Paul Getty Museum
What’s in a Name: Signatures on Classical Gems, Ancient and Modern

January 30, 2014
Francesco de Angelis, Columbia University
Gods, Temples, and Visibility: Representing Ritual in Roman State Art

December 12, 2013
Roland R. R. Smith, University of Oxford
The Greek East under Rome: City Monuments and Political Ideology

November 21, 2013
Tasos Tanoulas, Greek Ministry of Culture
The Propylaia to the Athenian Akropolis: New Evidence about the Classical Building

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

October 3, 2013
Jas Elsner, University of Oxford and University of Chicago
Art and Rhetoric in the Arch of Titus

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

April 4, 2013
François Lissarrague, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris
Attic Vase-inscriptions: The Verbal and the Visual

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

December 6, 2012
Ioannis Mylonopoulos, 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, University of Athens
The Boscoreale Frescoes as Reflections of Macedonian Funerary Paintings