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Kathryn Topper (she/her/hers)

Associate Professor of Classics
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Denny 229
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Ph.D., Classical Archaeology, Harvard University, 2007
A.B., Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology/ English, Bryn Mawr College, 2000
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I am trained as a Classical archaeologist with an emphasis in Greek art, and I am especially interested in the ways in which images intersect with other elements of culture, including literature, ritual, spectacle, and performance. My publications include The Imagery of the Athenian Symposium (Cambridge UP 2012) and articles on a variety of issues in Greek vase painting. My second book, currently in progress, is tentatively titled The Thalamegos of Ptolemy IV Philopator: Power, Spectacle, and the Royal Ship in Hellenistic Alexandria. Smaller projects include articles and chapters about inscriptions on sympotic pottery and an article on the metopes of Temple C at Thermon. I currently serve as Series Editor for Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture, an annual publication of the Archaeological Institute of America supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Please note that I do not respond to requests to authenticate privately owned antiquities. This practice is in line with the Archaeological Institute of America's Code of Ethics, which urges archaeologists to refrain from activities that support the trade in undocumented antiquities, including "the valuation of such artifacts through authentication, acquisition, publication, or exhibition." 


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