Joan Connelly
Professor of 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
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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



The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of the West’s Most Iconic Building and the People
  Who Made It (Alfred A. Knopf, New York City, 2014); paperback edition (Vintage, New York City,

The Parthenon Enigma: A Journey Through Legend (Head of Zeus, London, 2014).

PoaPcover.png  Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (Princeton University Press, Princeton,
  N.J., 2007; paperback edition, 2009).

Votive Sculpture of Hellenistic Cyprus, New York University Press and the Department of Antiquities
  of Cyprus, with the assistance of the J. Paul Getty Trust (New York and Nicosia 1988).

Recent Articles

“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. 

Excavations on Geronisos, Third Report: The Circular Structure, East Building, and the Square Houses,” Report of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus 2009 (2010), 295-348.

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.

 “Twilight of the Ptolemies: Egyptian Presence on late Hellenistic Yeronisos,” in Egypt and Cyprus in Antiquity, eds. Michaelides, V. Kassianidou, R.S. Merrilies, (Oxbow, Oxford 2009), 194-209.

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