Prof. Judith Barringer
Abel Smith (building 23), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Abel Smith (building 23), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

A Cultural History of Olympia and its Monuments (Public Lecture)

Professor Judith Barringer is the R.D. Milns Endowment Fund Visiting Professor for 2012. She is Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh and will present this free public lecture on her research.

Prof. Barringer received her PhD in Classical Archaeology from Yale University and taught at several colleges and universities in the USA before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2005. She has 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. She was a Senior Fellow at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna in 2011-2012.

Her scholarly work centres on the archaeology, art and culture of ancient Greece, particularly the intersection between art, myth and religion, from the Archaic through Hellenistic periods. More specifically, she is 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.


Professor Barringer's publications have concentrated on vase painting iconology (e.g. Nereids, hunting imagery), myth and religion, social history, and contextual readings of sculpture in both public sanctuaries and private funerary contexts. She has just completed a book concerning several sculptural complexes from the Classical period, such as the Hephaisteion, the Parthenon, and the fourth-century B.C. Temple of Apollo at Delphi, and has begun a new project devoted solely to Olympia and its sculptural monuments from c. 600 BC to the fourth century AD. A book is planned with the title A Cultural History of Olympia and its Monuments, c.600 BC-400 AD. In addition, building on her love of teaching, she is currently writing a textbook on Greek art under contract to Laurence King, Ltd.

  • Judith Barringer, Art, Myth, and Ritual in Classical Greece (Cambridge University Press 2008).
  • Judith Barringer, The Hunt in Ancient Greece (The John Hopkins University Press 2011).
  • Judith Barringer, Divine Escorts: Nereids in Archaic and Classical Greek Art (Ann Arbor 1995).
  • Judith Barringer and Jeffrey M. Hurwit (eds.), Periklean Athens and its Legacy: Problems and Perspectives (Austin: University of Texas Press 2005).