ashmolean

Bert Smith

Prof. Bert Smith

MA MPhil DPhil Oxf

Offices:
Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, Faculty of Classics
Fellow, Lincoln College
Director, Research Archive of Greek and Roman Sculpture

Address:
The Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
Oxford OX1 2PH

T: (01865) 278066
F: (01865) 278080
E: bert.smith@ashmus.ox.ac.uk
W: http://www.linc.ox.ac.uk/index.php?page=profile&aid=71

W: http://www.classics.ox.ac.uk/bertsmith.html

Profile

Smith comes from Edinburgh and studied Classics and then Classical Archaeology at Oxford. He was a Fellow by Examination in Ancient History at Magdalen College, Oxford (1981-1986), a Harkness Fellow at Princeton University (1983-85). He taught Hellenistic and Roman art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University from 1986, before coming to Lincoln in 1995. He is a member of the Faculty of Classics and of the School of Archaeology and lectures on classical art and archaeology. He is also the Curator of the Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum and (since 1991) Project Director of the New York University Excavations at Aphrodisias in Turkey

Research Keywords:

Art and visual cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world; historical interpretation of ancient representation and its relationship with social and political culture; archaeology of Greek cities of Eastern Roman Empire

Research Interests

Smith's main research interests are in the art and visual cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. 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 has a particular interest in the art and archaeology of the Greek cities of the Eastern Roman Empire. He has been engaged in the study and publication of the new marble finds from Aphrodisias since 1985. He had a British Academy/ Philip Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship in 2007-8 for aspects of this work, and with the historian Bryan Ward-Perkins has been awarded an Art and Humanities Research Council grant for a project titled 'The Last Statues of Antiquity' (for three years, starting in 2009) to investigate the distinctive character of statue use in late antiquity from AD 284 to 650: www.ocla.ox.ac.uk/statues

Selected Publications

  • The marble reliefs from the Julio-Claudian Sebasteion at Aphrodisias, (Philipp von Zabern, Darmstadt 2013).
  • 'The Greek East under Rome', in Blackwell Companion to Roman Art (forthcoming), B. Borg (ed.), (Blackwell 2013).
  • The Gods of Nemrud: The Royal Sanctuary of Antiochos I and the Kingdom of Commagene, Co-author: Ahmet Ertug, (Istanbul 2012).
  • Historical and Religious Memory in the Ancient World, Co-author: B. Dignas, (Clarendon Press, Oxford 2012).
  • 'Introduction', in Historical and Religious Memory in the Ancient World, B. Dignas, R.R.R. Smith (eds.), Co-author: B. Dignas, (Oxford, Clarendon Press 2012), 1-11.
  • 'Defacing the gods at Aphrodisias', in Historical and Religious Memory in the Ancient World, B. Dignas, R.R.R. Smith (eds.), (Oxford, Clarendon Press 2012), 283-326.
  • 'The Second lives of classical monuments at Aphrodisias', in Klasik? parados? kai ve?terika stoicheia st?n plastik? t?s r?maik?s Elladas (Roman Sculpture in Greece: Classical Tradition and New Elements), T. Stephanidou-Tiveriou (ed.), (Thessaloniki 2012), 57-73.
  • Aphrodisias, 2010, 33, Ankara, (2012), 25-58.
  • 'Monuments for new citizens in Rome and Aphrodisias', in Kunst von Unten? Stil und Gesellschaft in der antiken Welt von der 'arte plebea' bis heute Arte dal basso? Stile e società nel mondo antico, dall' Ğarte plebeağ ad oggi: in onore di Paul Zanker per il suo 70° compleanno, J.-A. Dickmann, R. von den Hoff, F. Pirson (eds.), (Reichert, Wiesbaden 2012), 171-184, figs.
  • 'Statues', in The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, R. S. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. B. Champion, A. Erskine, S. R. Huebner (eds.), (Wiley-Blackwell 2012).
  • The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture, Co-author: R. Frederiksen, (Oxford 2011).
  • 'Aphrodisias, 2009', Kaz? Sonuçlar? Toplant?s? II, Ankara, Vol: 32, (2011), 257-277.
  • 'Marble Workshops at Aphrodisias', in Roman Sculpture in Asia Minor (JRA Suppl. 80, 2011), F. D'Andria and I. Romeo (eds.), (2011), 62-76.
  • 'A Fayum teacher's manual, Alexandrian pavilion architecture, and Augustan wallpainting', in B. Wescoat, O. Palagia (eds), Samothracian Connections: Essays in honor of James R. McCredie, (Oxbow Press, Oxford 2010), 211-221, figs. 1-11.
  • 'Aphrodisias, 2008', Co-author: B. Y?ld?r?m, Kaz? Sonuçlar? Toplant?s? III, Ankara, Vol: 31, (2010).
  • 'Reception of Ancient Portraits', in The Classical Tradition, A. Grafton, G. Most, S. Settis (eds.), (Belknap Press, Harvard 2010), 773-775.
  • 'A Fayum teacher's manual, Alexandrian pavilion architecture, and Augustan wallpainting', in Samothracian Connections: Essays in honor of James R. McCredie, B. Wescoat, O. Palagia (eds.), (Oxbow Press, Oxford 2010), 211-221, figs. 1-11.
  • Aphrodisias: City and Sculpture in Roman Asia, Co-author: Ahmet Ertug, (Istanbul 2009).
  • 'Aphrodisias, 2007', Kaz? Sonuçlar? Toplant?s? II, Vol: 29, (2009), 157-170.
  • Aphrodisias Papers 4: New Research on the City and its Monuments (Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series No. 70. Ed. with C. Ratté), (Providence, Rhode Island 2008), c. 400.
  • Roman Portraits from Aphrodisias (Exhibition and catalogue. Ed. with J.L. Lenaghan), (Istanbul 2008), c. 300.
  • 'Archaeological Research at Aphrodisias in Caria, 2002-2005', Co-author: C. Ratté, American Journal of Archaeology, Vol: 112, (2008), 713-51, figs. 1-34.
  • 'Sarcophagi and Roman citizenship', in Aphrodisias Papers 4: New Research on the City and its Monuments, C. Ratté, R.R.R. Smith (eds.), (JRA Supplement 70; Providence, RI 2008), 347-94, figs. 1-87.
  • 'Emperors and heroes at Aphrodisias', Omnibus, Vol: 56, (2008), 1-4.
  • 'Aphrodisias, 2006', Kaz? Sonuçlar? Toplant?s? II, Kocaeli, Ankara, Vol: 29, (2008), 157-170.
  • 'Roman portraits and marble production at Aphrodisias', in Roman Portraits from Aphrodisias (Exhibition and catalogue), R.R.R. Smith and J.L. Lenaghan (eds.), (2008), 9-33, figs. 1-14.
  • 'Sculptors' workshops: Inscriptions, images, and archaeology', in Roman Portraits from Aphrodisias (Exhibition and catalogue), R.R.R. Smith and J.L. Lenaghan (eds.), (Istanbul 2008), 103-119, figs. 1-9.
  • 'Pindar, athletes, and the early Greek statue habit', in S. Hornblower, C. Morgan (eds), Pindar's Poetry, Patrons, and Festivals: from Archaic Greece to the Roman Empire, (Oxford University Press 2007), 83-139.
  • 'Statue life in the Hadrianic Baths at Aphrodisias, AD 100-600: Local context and historical meaning', in F.A. Bauer, C. Witschel (eds), Statuen in der Spätantike, (Wiesbaden 2007), 203-235, pls. 50-68, figs. 1-42.
  • Roman Portrait Sculpture from Aphrodisias: Aphrodisias II (335 pp., 27 figs. and maps, 163 pls.), (Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 2006).