Join us for the KCECH spring dinner discussion in Art & Design! We will welcome Prof. Mantha Zarmakoupi, the Morris Russell and Josephine Chidsey Williams Assistant Professor in Roman Architecture, of Penn's History of Art Department. She will speak in the Private Dining Room (PDR) on the lower level of English House.
Mantha Zarmakoupi’s work addresses the broader social, economic and cultural conditions underpinning the production of ancient art, architecture and urbanism. She focuses on the art and architecture of the Hellenistic and Roman periods and undertakes to understand the ways in which the cultural interaction between Greeks and Romans informed their artistic production as well as the shaping of their built environment. She has published widely on Roman luxury villas as well as on the architecture, harbour infrastructure and urban development of late Hellenistic and Roman Delos.
Prof. Zarmakoupi has also developed a VR digital model of the Villa of the Papyri that systematizes and visualizes data from past and ongoing archaeological fieldwork at the Villa, and her current research extends the field of ancient urbanism in new directions. She works on a project on the urban growth of late Hellenistic and Roman Delos, addressing the relationship between economic and social change, urban growth and physical infrastructure, in the context of which she co-directs an underwater fieldwork survey around Delos and Rheneia (2014-).