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Prof. Dr. Judy Barringer


Institut für Klassische Archäologie

Marie Curie Fellowship der Gerda Henkel Stiftung (2013-2015)


I received my PhD in Classical Archaeology from Yale University and have taught at several colleges and universities in the USA. I joined the staff at the University of Edinburgh in 2005. I have received numerous fellowships and grants, including a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and a British Academy Larger Research Grant. I was a Senior Fellow at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna in 2011-2012, and am currently on a two-year research leave in Berlin with a Marie Curie Fellowship from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung (2013-2015).

My scholarly work centers on the archaeology, art, and culture of Greece, particularly the intersection between art, myth, and religion, from the Archaic through Hellenistic periods. More specifically, I am interested in why images, particularly sculpture and vase painting, appear as they do and how they acquire meaning for ancient patrons and viewers from their physical and social contexts. My publications concentrate on vase painting iconology, myth and religion, social history, and contextual readings of sculpture in both public sanctuaries and private contexts.

Research interests

My current research interests are in the areas of Greek sculpture, vase painting, myth, and religion from the Archaic through Hellenistic periods, on which I have published four books and numerous articles; I have also  published on Roman art.

Current research activities

I am now working on a monograph,  A Cultural History of Olympia and its Monuments, c.600 BC-400 AD.


Judith Barringer, The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Cambridge University Press 2014),

Judith Barringer, Art, Myth, and Ritual in Classical Greece (Cambridge University Press 2008),

Judith Barringer, The Hunt in Ancient Greece (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001),

Judith Barringer, Divine Escorts: Nereids in Archaic and Classical Greek Art. (Ann Arbor, 1995).


Edited Books

Judith Barringer, co-editor (with Jeffrey M. Hurwit) of Periklean Athens and its Legacy: Problems and Perspectives (University of Texas Press, 2005).

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Shefton Dolphin Rider,” forthcoming

“Athenian State Monuments for the War Dead: Evidence from a Loutrophoros," (De Gruyter 2013)

Judith Barringer, 'Hunters and Hunting on the Francois Vase' in The Francois Vase: New Perspectives, ed. H. A. Shapiro, M. Iozzo, (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)

“The Legacy of the Pheidian Zeus at Olympia.” The Statue of Zeus of Olympia: New Perspectives, edited by T. Stevenson, S. Puttock, and J. McWilliam, 61-71, Cambridge. 2011.

Judith Barringer, 'Zeus in Olympia' in The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations, ed. A Erskine, J N Bremmer, (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) 155-177

“The Olympic Altis Before the Temple of Zeus.” Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 124 (2009) 223-250.

"Making Heroes in the Athenian Agora: A New Interpretation of the Hephaisteion," In Structure, Image, Ornament: Architectural Sculpture of the Greek World, edited by P. Schultz and R. von den Hoff, 105-120. Oxford. 2009.

Judith Barringer, 'The Temple of Zeus at Olympia, heroes, and athletes', Hesperia (2005), 211-241

Judith Barringer, 'Alkamenes’ Prokne and Itys in context', in Periklean Athens and its Legacy: Problems and Perspectives (University of Texas Press, 2005), 163-76.

Judith Barringer, 'Skythian hunters on Attic vases', in Greek Vases, Images, and Controversies, Proceedings of the Conference Sponsored by the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia University, 23-24 March 2002, Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition 25, edited by C. Marconi (Brill, 2004), 13-25.

Judith Barringer, “Panathenaic games and Panathenaic amphorae under Macedonian rule', in O. Palagia and S. Tracy (eds.), The Macedonians in Athens, 323-229 BC (Oxbow Press, 2003), 243-56.

Judith Barringer, 'Atalanta as model: the hunter and the hunted', Classical Antiquity, 15 (1996), 48-76.

Judith Barringer, 'The mythological paintings in the Macellum at Pompeii', Classical Antiquity, 13 (1994), 149-66.

Judith Barringer, 'Europa and the Nereids: wedding or funeral?', American Journal of Archaeology, 95 (1991), 657-67.

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