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Benjamin Anderson

Associate Professor

Benjamin Anderson

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. It has received the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association (2018), and the Karen Gould Prize in Art History from the Medieval Academy of America (2020). 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). From 2018 to 2020, he was President of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America.


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

Graduate Fields

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


Spring 2022




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

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



The Byzantine Neighbourhood: Urban Space and Political Action (co-editor, with Fotini Kondyli) Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies 31 (Abingdon: Routledge, 2022).

Robert Wood, The Ruins of Palmyra and Baalbek (London: Bloomsbury, 2021).

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



"The Oxeia: A Neighbourhood Biography," in Fotini Kondyli and Benjamin Anderson, eds., The Byzantine Neighbourhood: Urban Space and Political Action (Abindgon: Routledge, 2022), 155-74.

"The Imperial Arts," in Ellen C. Schwartz, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Art and Architecture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021).

"Images in Byzantine Thought and Practice, ca. 500-700," in Mike Humphreys, ed., A Companion to Byzantine Iconoclasm (Leiden: Brill, 2021), 144-187.

"Eros and the Army (Constantinople and Context)," in Peter D. De Staebler and Anne Hrychuk Kontokosta, eds., Roman Sculpture in Context (Boston: Archaeological Institute of America, 2021), 241-257.

"Oracular Images and the Limits of Political Knowledge in Byzantium," in Michael Grünbart, ed., Unterstützung bei herrscherlichem Entscheiden: Experten und ihr Wissen in transkultureller und komparativer Perspektive (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2021), 22-39.

The Forum of Theodosius: Labour and the Gods,” in Vasileios Marinis, Amy Papalexandrou, and Jordan Pickett, eds., Architecture and Visual Culture in the Late Antique and Medieval Mediterranean: Studies in Honor of Robert G. Ousterhout (Turnhout: Brepols, 2020), 3-17.

"Ayasofya'nın 'Halk Bilimi'," Aktüel Arkeoloji 76 (2020), 80-87.

Images Down Low,” in Sabine Feist, ed., Transforming Sacred Spaces: New Approaches to Byzantine Ecclesiastical Architecture from the Transitional Period (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2020), 161-87.

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.


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