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

What we've been up to lately

  • For four weeks in May, Dr. Carrie Weaver and 15 Pitt undergrads studied and traveled in Sicily through the Classics Department's Pitt in Sicily study abroad program. In the classroom, the students studied Greek archaeology and read works of ancient Greek literature that were directly connected to the island. On excursion, they circumnavigated Sicily and were able to experience first-hand many of the sites and objects that they learned about in class

  • This past June, Dr. Jacques A. Bromberg chaired a paper session at the second workshop on Conflict Resolution in Ancient and Modern Contexts: Theory and Genre at King’s College London (read about the workshop here). He was joined by colleagues from Colombia, Brazil, the UK, USA, Spain, and Germany in producing new research on how Classical literature exemplifies and showcases conflict resolution skills. In April, Dr. Bromberg attended the first workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, where he presented a paper entitled "Peace through Sport: Modern Lessons from Ancient Sources".

  • Dr. Nicholas F. Jones is now under contract to submit revised texts, translations, and commentaries for the recently inaugurated second edition of Brill’s New Jacoby (“BNJ2”). The first twenty-one entries will take him through a September 1, 2018 deadline, with the remaining (more substantial) authors to follow later on a new deadline.

  • Dr. Mae Smethurst Mae was invited by the Classics Department of the University of Kyoto to give two lectures - one on Euripides' "Medea", April 20th, and another on Sophocles' "Antigone", May 1tth, 2018.