Ada Cohen

Professor of Art History
Israel Evans Professor in Oratory and Belles Lettres

Ada's research has focused on the era of Alexander the Great and the impact of Alexander's imagery. She has also worked on topics in Near Eastern and prehistoric art; sexuality and the construction of pictorial identity; travel and landscape; as well as the depiction of childhood and the family in ancient art. Her current book project is titled "He pais kalé":Beauty, Ugliness, and the Ancient Greek Woman.

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In addition to her lecture courses, Ada Cohen teaches First-Year and advanced seminars and regularly teaches the Senior Culminating Seminar on theory and method in Art History. Periodically she directs the Art History Department's Foreign Study Program in Rome.

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646-1332
HB 6033
Department:
Art History
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Education:
B.A. Brandeis University
M.A. Harvard University
Ph.D. Harvard University

Selected Publications

“What Is Art History?” in Daniel Rockmore, ed., What Are the Arts and Sciences? [A Guide for the Curious]  (Hanover: University Press of New England, 2017), 27-45

Inside an Ancient Assyrian Palace: Looking at Austen Henry Layard's Reconstruction (University Press of New England and Hood Museum of Art, 2017) with Steven Kangas

“Picturing Greek Families,” in B. Rawson, ed., A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 465-87

Art in the Era of Alexander the Great: Paradigms of Manhood and Their Cultural Traditions (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010; Paperback 2014)

Assyrian Reliefs from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II: A Cultural Biography  (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2010), ed. with S. E. Kangas

“‘Mistress’ Bronzes from the Classical World,” in A. Brauer, ed., Teaching with Objects: The Curatorial Legacy of David Gordon Mitten (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Art Museums, 2010), 76-91

"The Self as Other: Performing Humor in Ancient Greek Art," in Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean, E. S. Gruen (ed.), (2011) 465-90.

"Mythic Landscapes of Greece," in R. Woodard, ed., Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 305-30

"Gendering the Age Gap: Boys, Girls, and Abduction in Ancient Greek Art,” in A. Cohen and J. B. Rutter eds., Constructions of Childhood in Ancient Greece and Italy (Hesperia Supplement 41, Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2007), 257-78

Constructions of Childhood in Ancient Greece and Italy (Hesperia Supplement 41, Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2007), ed. with J. B. Rutter

"Introduction: Childhood between Past and Present," in A. Cohen and J. B. Rutter eds., Constructions of Childhood in Ancient Greece and Italy (Hesperia Supplement 41, Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2007), 1-22

“Landscape and Figure in Ancient Greek Art" (in Greek) in P. Doukellis, ed., The Greek Landscape (Athens: HESTIA, 2005), 105-129

"Art, Myth, and Travel in the Hellenistic World," in S. E. Alcock, J. Cherry, and J. Elsner, eds., Pausanias: Travel and Memory in Roman Greece (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2001), 93-126

The Alexander Mosaic: Stories of Victory and Defeat (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997; Paperback 2000)

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Works in Progress

“He pais kalé”: Beauty, Ugliness, and the Ancient Greek Woman.