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Ann Kuttner received her B.A. (1978) in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and Ph.D. (1987) from the Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Kuttner was Associate Professor in Univ. of Toronto’s Dept. of Fine Art before arriving at Penn in 1992.

Research Interests

Her research and teaching interests lie in Hellenistic, Roman and Late Antique socio-political history, visual language, and material culture. She also advises projects in the Renaissance rapprochement with the Roman legacy. Long interested in luxury arts as domestic display, and public sculptural decoration and architectural programming commemorative and religious, she also explores landscape architecture, painting, the character of the Roman domus and villa and their arts, and relations between textual production and visual language. Issues of cultural contact and appropriation in situations of empire, among multiple peoples of the Hellenistic and Roman world, interest her.

Courses Taught

  • Greek Art and Artifact, in alternate years (ArtH 225)
  • Hellenistic and Roman Art and Artifact, in alternate years (ArtH 226, in rotation with 225)
  • Undergraduate Seminar: Classical Mythology in the Western Tradition (ArtH 301)
  • Undergraduate/ Graduate Seminar: Violence in Ancient Mediterranean Art
  • Hellenistic Art and Spectacle (ArtH 428)
  • Roman Sculpture (ArtH 427)
  • Achaemenids and their Aftermath (ArtH 425, with Lauren Ristvet)
  • Proseminar (topics change): Roman Political Art (2016)
  • Borderlines: Roman Provincial Art (2014)
  • Late Antique Image and Artifact (2015)
  • Kingship, Territory, Religion: The Visual Culture(s) of the Iranian World Between the Sasanians and the Abbasids (500 CE-1000 CE) (2014, with Renata Holod)


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