Anne Weis

  • Associate Professor, History of Art & Architecture


207 Frick Fine Arts

Anne Weis is interested in the art and culture of the Roman Republic and in the problem of disentangling and describing the foreign and indigenous components that combined to produce that culture. Her publications have dealt with the Roman reception and rethinking of Greek subject matter and style (The Hanging Marsyas Statue: Roman Innovations in a Hellenistic Sculptural Tradition, 1992, Sperlonga, the Ficoroni cista, et al.), the reception and restoration of ancient statuary in the post-antique period, and Roman entrepreneurism and its impact on the archaeological record.

Weis’ teaching covers ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East, emphasizing, within broader survey courses, topics of interest for her research, e.g. the impact of materials on the development of architectural traditions, the relationship between commerce, consumption, and art/architectural production, gender mores and culture, and the reception of antiquity in later European/American scholarship and culture.

Education & Training

  • PhD, Bryn Mawr


  • Rome Prize, 1979–80

Representative Publications

“Gender Symmetry:  Pliny Epist. 6.32, Women’s Processions, and Roman Life Choices” in Noctes Sinenses: Festschrift für Fritz-Heiner Mutschler zum 65. Geburtstag, edited by A. Heil, M. Korn, and J. Sauer (Heidelberg, Universitätsverlag Winter, 2011)

Weis, A., Jacobson, J., Darnell, M. (2010) The Virtual Theater District of Pompeii. Computer Applications in Archaeology (CAA), Granada, Spain, April, 2010. Online publication (6/15/10)

“Liberalitas and Lucrum in Republican City Planning:  Plautus (Curc. 466–83) and L. Betilienus Vaarus” in A. Haltenhoff, A. Heil, F.H. Mutschler eds., Römische Werte als Gegenstand altertumswissenschaftlicher Forschung (Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, Munich and Leipzig, 2005)

"Gaius Verres and the Roman Art Market: Consumption and Connoisseurship in Late Republican Rome," in A. Haltenhoff, A. Heil, F.H. Mutschler eds., "O tempora, O mores." Römische Werte und römische Literatur in den letzten Jahrzehnten der Republik (Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, Munich and Leipzig, 2003) 355–400

"Odysseus at Sperlonga: Hellenistic Hero or Roman Heroic Foil?" in N.T. de Grummond ed., From Pergamum to Sperlonga: Sculpture in Context (Berkeley, Calif., 2000) 111–65

“Pasquino and Sperlonga:  Menelaos and Patroklos or Aeneas and Lausus (Aen. 10.791-.832)?”  Stephanos.  Studies in Honor of Brunilde  Sismondo Ridgway (Philadelphia 1998) 255-86

Research Interests

“The public face of girlhood at 4th-3rd cen. BCE Lavinium” (submitted)

Elite display in early Hellenistic Etruria: the Tetnie sarcophagi in Boston (working title, under contract)

“The Romance of Thatch and Tile”

“Mr. Carnegie’s Casts:  A Late-Nineteenth-Century View of the Ancient World”

Research Category