Art History Department

Ewald, Bjorn C. MA, PhD

Associate Professor, Ancient Art (UT St. George)


Art and Subjectivity, Funerary Art, Myth in Art, Sculpture and Painting,  Roman Greece, City of Rome, Cultural translation, Embodied  Experience, Neuroarthistory, Ancient Spatialities, Critical  approaches in Art History.

Areas of Academic Interest
  • Art and Archaeology (Roman)
  • Ph.D Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, 1999
Selected Publications
  • “Culture’s Visual Culture. The Iconography of Education, Intellectual and Literary Pursuits in Roman Art”, in P. Gemeinhardt (ed.), Was ist Bildung in der Vormoderne? (Mohr/Siebeck, September 2019, in print)

  • “Kult und Körper: Götterbilder der Griechischen Klassik”, in: S. Koja, O. Westheider, M. Philipp (eds.), Götter des Olymp. Aus der Dresdner Skulpturensammlung, Barberini Studien 2 (Prestel Verlag/Random House 2018) 8-27.

  • “Embodying the Divine: Images of Classical Gods”, in: S. Koja, M. Philipp, O. Westheider (eds.), Olympian Gods. From the Dresden Sculpture Collection, Barberini Studies 2 (Prestel Verlag/Random House 2018) 8-27 (Transl. Martina Dervis).

  • “Minding the Gap: Issues of Cultural Translation in Graeco-Roman Art”, in: D. Draycott, R. Raja, K. Welch, W. Wootton (eds.), Visual Histories of the Classical World. Essays in Honor of R.R.R. Smith (Brepols, 2018) 233-254.

  • “Attic Sarcophagi: Myth Selection and the Heroizing Tradition”, in: B. Dignas and L. Audley-Miller (eds.), Wandering Myths. Transcultural Uses of Myth in the Ancient World (De Gruyter: Berlin/Boston 2018) 209-264.

  • “La mujer romana y el mito griego: arte y subjetividad en la pintura romana/Femmes romaines et mythe grec: art et subjectivité dans la peinture romaine”, in: D. Roger – A. Piriou (eds.), Mujeres de Roma.  Seductoras, maternales, excesivas. Colecciones del Museo del Louvre (Obra Social ?La Caixa?, Madrid 2015) 51-61; 267-277 (bibl.); 13-18.

  • “Funerary Monuments”, in E. Friedland, E. Gazda, M. Sobocinski (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture (Oxford University Press 2014) 390-406.

  • Living with Myths, with Paul Zanker (Oxford University Press, 2012). Translated by Julia Slater. Sole author of pp. 281-408.

  • “Paradigms of Personhood and Regimes of Representation: Some Notes on the Transformation of Roman Sarcophagi”, in J. Elsner and Wu Hung (eds.), RES. Anthropology and Aesthetics 61/62, 2012, pp. 41-64.

  • The Emperor and Rome, co-edited with Carlos Norena. Yale Classical Studies 35. Cambridge University Press, 2010. Co-editor and co-author of introduction (pp. 1-43)

  • “Myth and Visual Narrative in the ‘Second Sophistic’: A Comparative Approach”, in J. Elsner and J. Huskinson (eds.), Life, Death and Representation (De Gruyter, Berlin/New York 2010) pp. 261-307.

  • “Men, Muscle and Myth. Attic Sarcophagi in the Cultural Context of the ‘Second Sophistic'”, in B. Borg (ed.), Paideia. The World of the Second Sophistic (2004) pp. 229-275.

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