Mary Danisi

Ph.D. Candidate in Classics


Mary is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in ancient Greek and Roman religion. She received her B.A. in Classics summa cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2017 and her M.A. in Classics from Cornell in 2020. Her research addresses the materiality and aesthetics of ritual practices in antiquity. Her dissertation, “Crafting the Cosmos: Fillets and the Fabrication of the Sacred in Ancient Greece” presents the first comprehensive analysis of the production and application of handmade bands in Greek cult during the Archaic through Hellenistic periods. Her work has been supported by the Lemmermann Foundation, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Society for the Humanities, and American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Mary has taught courses in classical languages and literature, and on the art and archaeology of the pre-Modern Mediterranean world. She has held internships at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as The Frick Collection, and has excavated in Greece at Onchestos and Corinth. During the 2023-2024 academic year, she is the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

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