Professor Jaś Elsner

Academic Background

Classics, art history, classical archaeology: trained in Cambridge, Harvard, Courtauld Institute London.

Research Interests

Greek, Roman,  early Christian and  Byzantine art and archaeology; the reception of material culture in texts, museums and collecting; art and text, including inscriptions, rhetoric and ekphrasis; art and religion; the history of art history/archaeology; pilgrimage.

Research Keywords

Classical and Late Antique Art, the Reception of Ancient Art, Ekphrasis.


Selected Publications

  • Mutable, Flexible, Fluid: Papyrus Drawings for Textiles and Replication in Roman Art

  • Empires of Faith in Late Antiquity Histories of Art and Religion from India to Ireland

  • Concealment and Revelation: The Pola Casket and the Visuality of Early Christian Relics

  • A Roman Vessel for Cosmetics. Form, Decoration and Subjectivity in the Muse Casket

  • ‘Some Observations on Dionysiac Sarcophagi’

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