BA Program in the Archaeology, History, and Literature of Ancient Greece


Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh


Judith M. Barringer holds a BA degree in Art History from George Washington University (1981), an M.A. in the Art History Department from the same university (1983), an MA and M.Phil. from the classics department in Yale University (1986, 1989). She obtained her PhD in Classical Archaeology from Yale University in 1990 and has taught at several colleges and universities in the USA since then. She has been a Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology in the University of Edinburgh since 2007 and her work focuses on the archaeology, art, and culture of Greece, from the Archaic through Hellenistic periods. She has received numerous awards, fellowships, and grants while her current research activities concern the relationship between western Greek cities and sanctuaries on the Greek mainland and Aegean islands from the 7th to 1st centuries B.C. Her publications concentrate on vase painting iconology, myth and religion, social history, and contextual readings of sculpture in both public sanctuaries and private contexts.

Research Interests:

Greek art and archaeology, Greek myth and religion, Roman art and Greek history


  • Judith Barringer, co-editor with François Lissarrague, Images at the Crossroads: Media and Meaning in Greek Art (Edinburgh University Press, 2022).
  • “The Message is in the Medium: White-Ground Lekythoi and Stone Grave Markers in Classical Athens”, in Images at the Crossroads: Media and Meaning in Greek Art, edited by F. Lissarrague and J. Barringer, 310-331 (forthcoming, University of Edinburgh Press 2022.
  • Olympia: A Cultural History (forthcoming, Princeton University Press 2021). Co-editor with François Lissarrague, Images at the Cross-Roads: Meanings, Media, Methods (forthcoming, University of Edinburgh Press 2021).
  • “The Shefton Dolphin Rider.” In On the Fascination of Objects: Greek and Etruscan Art in the Shefton Collection, edited by J. Boardman and S. Waite, 117-130. Oxford 2015.
  • “Western Greek Poleis and Sanctuaries Abroad.” In Transmission and Organization of Knowledge in the Ancient Mediterranean World, Fourth Euro-Japanese Colloquium on the Ancient Mediterranean World, edited by Y. Suto, Vienna (forthcoming).
  • “The Changing Image of Zeus at Olympia.” Archäologischer Anzeiger 2015/1, 19-37. 3 “Athenian State Monuments for the War Dead: Evidence from a Loutrophoros.” In Approaching the Ancient Artifact: Representation, Narrative, and Function, edited by A. Avramidou and D. Demetriou, 153-160. Berlin 2014.
  • “Zeus at Olympia.” In The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations, edited by A. Erskine and J. Bremmer, 155-177. Edinburgh 2010.
  • “Panathenaic Games and Panathenaic Amphorae Under Macedonian Rule.” In The Macedonians in Athens, 323-229 B.C., edited by O. Palagia and S. Tracy, 243-56. Oxford 2003.
  • “The Legacy of the Pheidian Zeus at Olympia”, in The Statue of Zeus of Olympia: New Perspectives, edited by T. Stevenson, S. Puttock, and J. McWilliam, 61-71, Cambridge. 2011.
  • "Zeus in Olympia", in The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations, ed. A Erskine, J N Bremmer, (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) 155-177.