Classics Ph.D., M.A., (Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology), Bryn Mawr College; A.B., (Classics), Princeton University.
Office Address: New York University, Department of Classics, 100 Washington Square East, Room 503, New York, NY 10003 Phone: (212) 998-8194 Fax: (212) 995-4209 Email:
Joan Breton Connelly is a classical archaeologist who has excavated throughout Greece, Kuwait, and Cyprus where, since 1990, she has directed the NYU Yeronisos Island Expedition. She majored in Classics at Princeton University and received her PhD in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College where she later served as Assistant Dean and as a member of the Board of Trustees. She is an honorary citizen of Peyia Municipality, Cyprus.
Connelly was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her work in Greek art, myth, and religion. Her new book, The Parthenon Enigma, won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for 2015. It was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, one of the year’s Top Ten Works of Nonfiction by the Daily Beast, and one of the Best Books in Architecture and Design by Metropolis Magazine. Her Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece, was also named a Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. It won the Archaeological Institute of America’s James R. Wiseman Book Award and was named Best Book in Classics and Ancient History by the Association of American Publishers. Connelly has also been honored with the Archaeological Institute of America’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, NYU's Lillian Vernon Chair for Teaching Excellence, and NYU’s Golden Dozen Teaching Award.
Prof. Connelly has held visiting fellowships at All Souls College, Magdalen College, New College, and Corpus Christi College at Oxford University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. From 2003 – 2011, she served on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Connelly currently serves on the boards of the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study, the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, the Society for the Preservation of the Greek Heritage, and the Pharos Arts Foundation.
Recently taught Graduate courses: Archaeologies of Performance: Procession, Dance, and Footrace in Greek Sanctuaries Archaeologies of Greek Cult: Myths, Tombs, and Temples The Athenian Acropolis: Myth, Cult, Ritual and Image First Burst: Archaic Greek Sanctuaries and their Sculptured Decoration Technologies for Dating and Provenience in Ancient Art (colloquium team taught with Prof. Norbert S. Baer, Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center) Cleopatra Between East and West: Archaeology of the Twilight of the Ptolemies
Recently taught Undergraduate classes: Greek Sculpture: Prayers in Stone Greek Painting: From Myth to Image The Parthenon and Its Reception: From Antiquity to the Present Representing the Divine: Images of Gods and Goddesses Introduction to Classical Archaeology: Constructions of the Greek and Roman Past Ancient Art at Risk: Conservation, Ethics, and Cultural Policy
“Building Partnerships in Eco-Archaeology: Lessons from Yeronisos off Cyprus,” in From Past Experience to New Approaches and Synergies: the Future of Protection Heritage Management for Archaeological Heritage in Times of Economic Crisis, ed. E. Korka, Proceedings of the ICOMOS Hellenic and ICAHM Regional Conference (Athens, 2014).
“Alexandrianism: A Twenty-First Century Perspective,” in Intercultural Encounter in the Hellenized Orient, ed. Pierre Lériche, UNESCO General Conference, September 2009 (Athens, 2014).
“Ritual Movement Through Greek Sacred Space: Towards an Archaeology of Performance,” in A. Chaniotis, ed., Ritual Dynamics in the Ancient Mediterranean: Agency, Emotion, Gender, Reception (Stuttgart, 2011), 313-346.
“Hybridity and Identity on Late Ptolemaic Yeronisos” in Actes du Colloque “Chypre à l’époque hellénistique et impériale: Recherches récentes et nouvelles découvertes,”eds. A.-M. Guimier-Sorbets and D. Michaelidès, Centre d’Etudes Chypriotes Cahier 39 (2009), 69-88.