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Professor Bert Smith FBA

Ancient Greek and Roman art and visual history; marble sculpture and portraits; late antiquity; archaeology of Greek cities of Eastern Roman Empire
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About this Fellow

Roland Smith is from Edinburgh and studied Classics and then Classical Archaeology at Oxford University. He was a Fellow by Examination in Ancient History at Magdalen College, Oxford (1981-1986), a Harkness Fellow at Princeton University (1983-85), and an Alexander von Humbolt Fellow at the Institut für Klassische Archäologie in Munich (1991-2). He taught at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University from 1986-95. In 1995 he took up his present position as Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art at Oxford University. He is also the Curator of the Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum and (since 1991) Director of the New York University Excavations at Aphrodisias in Turkey Smith's main research interests are in the art and visual cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world, with a strong focus in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. His work is mainly directed at the historical interpretation of ancient visual representation and its relationship with contemporary social and political culture. In connection with his work at Aphrodisias he also has a particular interest in the art and archaeology of the Greek cities of the Eastern Roman Empire.

Website: http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/RRS.html

Appointments

Current post

  • Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, University of Oxford

Publications

Hellenistic Royal Portraits 1988

1970

The Last Statues of Antiquity 2016

1970

Historical and Religious Memory in the Ancient World 2012

1970

Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias: Aphrodisias II 2006

1970

Hellenistic Sculpture 1991

1970

The marble reliefs from the Julio-Claudian Sebasteion: Aphrodisias VI Philipp von Zabern, Mainz / Darmstadt, 2013

1970

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