School of History, Classics & Archaeology

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Professor Judith Barringer

BA, MA, MPhil, PhD

Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology


Contact information
Address: Room 00M.15, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 3584

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.