Joan Breton Connelly

Professor of Classics, Art History; Director, NYU Yeronisos Island Excavations, Cyprus
Ph.D. 1984 (Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology); M.A. 1979, Bryn Mawr College; B.A. 1976 (Classics), Princeton University.


Areas of Research/Interest: Greek sculpture and vase painting, Greek myth and religion, Cypriot archaeology, the Hellenistic East.

External Affiliations: Trustee, Bryn Mawr College; Trustee, Society for the Preservation of the Greek Heritage; Society of Antiquaries of London; Royal Geographical Society, Explorers Club; Society of Women Geographers; Archaeological Institute of America; Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (former trustee); Oxford Philological Society; Pilgrims of the United States.

Fellowships/Honors: James R. Wiseman Book Award, Archaeological Institute of America, 2009; Association of American Publishers Professional/Scholarly Press Award for Best Book in Classics and Ancient History, 2007; New York Times Book Review, “Portrait of a Priestess” named “Notable Book of 2007”; Visiting Scholar in Anthropology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, 2007; Archaeological Institute of America Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2007; Honorary Citizenship, Peyia Municipality, Republic of Cyprus, 2000; Lillian Vernon Chair for Teaching Excellence, New York University; Cultural Property Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of State, appointed by President George W. Bush, 2003, reappointed 2007; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, 1996-2001; Visiting Fellowships at All Souls College, Magdalen College and New College, Oxford University; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.

Select Publications:

Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece. Princeton University Press. 2007.
Votive Sculpture of Hellenistic Cyprus. New York. NYU Press. 1988.
Parthenon and Parthenoi: A Mythological Interpretation of the Parthenon Frieze. AJA, 100. 1996. 53-80.
Narrative and Image in Attic Vase Painting: Ajax and Kassandra at the Trojan Palladion, ed. Peter Holiday. Narrative and Event in Ancient Art. Cambridge. 1993. 88-129.
Votive Offerings of Hellenistic Failaka: Evidence for Herakles Cult. L'Arabie Preislamique et son Environnement Historique et Culturel, Universit des Sciences Humaine de Strasbourg. Leiden. 1989. 145-158.
Hellenistic Alexandria, Chapter 10, and Terracottas of Cyprus and Kuwait, Chapter 11, in The Coroplast's Art: Terracottas of the Hellenistic World, ed. J. Uhlenbrock. New Rochelle. 1990. 89-107.

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