Ada Cohen

Academic Appointments

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 The Judgment of Female Beauty in Ancient Greek Art.

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Carpenter, Room 204
HB 6033


  • B.A. Brandeis University
  • M.A. Harvard University
  • Ph.D. Harvard University

Selected Publications

  • "Turning Heads: Alexander and the Animals," Illinois Classical Studies 43:1 (2018): 88-136

  • "The Artist as Art Historian: Some Modern Works on Alexander," in K.R. Moore, ed., Brill's Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018), 754-74

  • "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

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Works In Progress

The Judgment of Female Beauty in Ancient Greek Art (book manuscript).