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Benjamin Anderson

Associate Professor

Educational Background

Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College



Benjamin Anderson, associate professor of the history of art and classics, studies the visual and material cultures of the eastern Mediterranean and adjacent landmasses, with a particular focus on late antique and Byzantine art and architecture. His first book, Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art (Yale University Press, 2017), addresses the reception of Greco-Roman astronomical imagery in the Byzantine, Frankish, and Islamic states; in 2018, it received the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award of the College Art Association. He is currently writing a study (The Tragic Image: Fate and Form from Byzantium to the Baroque) of the "Oracles of Leo the Wise" and related oracular images; and publishes regularly on the history of archaeology and the urban history of Constantinople.

Anderson has been David E. Finley Fellow (2009-12) and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow (2019) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art; and has received fellowships from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut). In 2018, he received the Robert and Helen Appel Fellowship for Humanists and Social Scientists from the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell. He is currently President of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America.


  • Archaeology Program
  • Classics
  • History of Art and Visual Studies
  • Medieval Studies Program
  • Religious Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • History of Art, Archaeology and Visual Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies



Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

Antiquarianisms: Contact, Conflict, Comparison (co-editor, with Felipe Rojas) Joukowsky Institute Publication 8 (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2017).

Palmyra 1885: The Wolfe Expedition and the Photographs of John Henry Haynes (co-author, with Robert G. Ousterhout) (Istanbul: Cornucopia Books, 2016).

Articles and chapters:

The Prussian Tondo,” in Niccolò Zorzi, Albrecht Berger, and Lorenzo Lazzarini, eds., I tondi di Venezia e Dumbarton Oaks: Arte e ideologia imperiale tra Bisanzio e Venezia (Rome: Viella, 2019), 35-49.

"The Defacement of the Parthenon Metopes," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 57 (2017), 248-260.

"Social Clustering in 5th-c. Constantinople: The Evidence of the Notitia," Journal of Roman Archaeology 29 (2016), 494-508.

"The Disappearing Imperial Statue: Toward a Social Approach," in Troels Myrup Kristensen and Lea Stirling, eds., The Afterlife of Greek and Roman Sculpture: Late Antique Responses and Practices (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016), 290-309.

"'An Alternative Discourse': Local Interpreters of Antiquities in the Ottoman Empire," Journal of Field Archaeology 40 (2015), 450-460.

"Public Clocks in Late Antique and Early Medieval Constantinople," Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 64 (2014), 23-32.

"The Complex of Elvan Çelebi: Problems in Fourteenth-Century Architecture," Muqarnas 31 (2014), 73-97.

"Classified Knowledge: The Epistemology of Statuary in the Parastaseis Syntomoi Chronikai," Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 35 (2011), 1-19.

"Leo III and the Anemodoulion," Byzantinische Zeitschrift 104 (2011), 41-54.