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Prof. Susan Wood- Roman Portrait Specialist- Newgrange Tomb

Prof. Susan Wood- Roman Portrait Specialist- Newgrange Tomb
Susan Wood
Title: Professor of Art History

Ph.D. Columbia University, New York, NY

Major Fields
Ancient Roman sculpture, portrait sculpture, sarcophagi, and luxury objects
with relief decoration, all from 1st century B.C.E. — 3rd century C.E.

Imperial Women: a Study in Public Images, 40 B.C. – A.D. 68. Brill: Leiden,
1999. 2nd edition, paperback, 2000.

Roman Portrait Sculpture, A.D. 217-360: the Transformation of an Artistic
Tradition, Vol. 12 of Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition. Leiden:
Brill, 1986.

Sarcophagus, Encyclopedia of Sculpture, Chicago: Fitzroy-Dearborn, 2004,

Literacy and Luxury: A Papyrus-scroll Winding Device from Pompeii,
Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome XLVI,2001, 23-40. Also
presented as a poster-session at the annual meetings of the AIA/APA,
January 4, 2003.

Mortals, Empresses and Earth Goddesses: Demeter and Persephone in Public
and Private Apotheosis, I Claudia II: Women in Roman Art and Society.
Papers from the Colloquium. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000, 77-99.
Oral version presented November 2, 1996, at a colloquium at Yale University
Art Gallery.

Goddess or Woman? Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Bulletin, Fall, 1999, 9-12.

Forgotten Women in the Roman Imperial Portrait Group at Beziers,
Archaeological News 21-22 (1996-97), 1-19, also presented at the annual
meetings of the Midwest Art History Society, March 29, 1996 and at the
annual meetings of the AIA/APA, December, 1996.

Diva Drusilla Panthea and the Sisters of Caligula, AJA 99 (1995),
457-482, presented under title of "Sisters and Mothers of Tyrants," at the
annual meetings of the A.I.A./A.P.A., December, 1994.

Alcestis on Roman Sarcophagi – Postscript, Roman Art in Context: an
Anthology, ed. Eve D’Ambra, Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1993,

Messalina, Wife of Claudius: Propaganda Successes and Failures of his Reign,
JRA 5 (1992) 221-234.

Memoriae Agrippinae: Agrippina the Elder in Julio-Claudian Art and Propaganda,
AJA 92, 1988.

Isis, Eggheads and Roman Portraiture, JARCE 24, 1988.

Child Emperors and Heirs to Power in Third Century Roman Portraiture,
Ancient Portraits in the J. Paul Getty Museum I: Occasional Papers on
Antiquity 4, 1987.

A Too-Successful Damnatio Memoriae : Problems in Roman Portraiture of the
Third Century, AJA 87 (1983).

The Bust of Philip the Arab in the Vatican: a Case for the Defense, AJA 86 (1982).

An Enigmatic Roman Portrait, Cleveland Museum of Art Bulletin,
LXVIII,No. 8, Oct. 1981.

Subject and Artist: Studies in Roman Portraiture of the Third Century,
AJA 85 (1981).

Alcestis on Roman Sarcophagi, AJA 82 (1978), reprinted with postscript in
Roman Art in Context , 1993, 84-103.

Book Reviews:
Representing Agrippina:Constructions of Female Power in the Early Roman
Empire, by Judith Ginsburg, ed. Eric Gruen, American Philological Association,
2005, forthcoming in Journal of Roman Archaeology 2007 or ’08.

Cleopatra and Rome, by Diana E.E. Kleiner, Massachusetts and London:
Belknap Press, 2005, The New England Classical Journal, 33.3, August 2006, 237-240.

Mit Mythen Leben: Die Bilderwelt der romischen Sarkophage, by Paul Zanker
and Bj r rn Christian Ewald, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.11.22.

Death and the Emperor, by Penelope Davies, Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 2000, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 00.12.08.

Agrippina: Sex, Power and Politics in the Early Empire , by Anthony A. Barrett,
New Haven, 1996, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 97.3.11.

Antonia Augusta, Portrait of a Great Roman Lady , by Nikos Kokkinos, London,
1992, American Journal of Numismatics 7-8 (1995-96) 293-98.

Portratreliefs stadtromischer Grabbauten , by Valentin Kockel, Beitrage zur
Erschlie?ung hellenistischer und kaiserzeitlicher Skulptur und Architektur
Vol. 12, ed. Klaus Fittschen and Paul Zanker, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag
Philipp von Zabern, 1993, Archaeological News 20, 1995 .

Griechische und Romische Kolossalportrats bis zum spaten ersten Jahrhundert
n.Chr, by Detlev Kreikenbom, JdI E-H 27 (Berlin and New York, 1992),
forthcoming in AJA 98 (1994).

Ancient Portraiture: Image and Message , ed. Tobias Fischer-Hansen, John Lund,
Marjatta Nielsen and Annette Rathje, Acta Hyperborea 4, Copenhagen 1992,
AJA 97 (1993) 811-812.

Roman Art from Romulus to Constantine , by Nancy H. and Andrew W. Ramage,
Cornell University Press: New York, 1991, AJA 96 (1992) 773-774.

Roman Portraits, by Richard Daniel de Puma, exh. cat., University of Iowa Museum
of Art, 10 Sept. – 30 Oct. 1988, AJA 94 (1990).

Aion in Merida und Aphrodisias , by Andreas Alfoldi, AJA 87 (1983)

Roman Portraits: Aspects of Self and Society, First Century B.C. – Third
Century A.D. , by K. Patricia Erhart, Jiri Frel and Sheldon Nodelman, Art Bulletin,
LXIV (1982).

Selected Public Lectures
An Obscure Family Without Ancestral Images,’ or, How to build a dynasty from
scratch, presented at the symposium The Miller Collection of Roman Sculpture,

World War I Memorial

World War I Memorial
Mural inside the WWI Museum in the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.

Memorial Association

By the time World War I ended on November 11, 1918, many citizens of Kansas and Missouri had lost their lives and a movement to build a monument began with raising 2.5 million dollars – the committee appointed completed this challenge in just 10 days!

It was dedicated on November 11, 1926, by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge. In attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony on November 1, 1921, were Lieutenant General Baron Jacques of Belgium, Admiral Earl Beatty of Great Britain, General Armando Diaz of Italy, Marshal Ferdinand Foch of France, and General John Pershing of the United States. In 1935, bas reliefs by Walker Hancock of Jacques, Beatty, Diaz, Foch and Pershing were unveiled. These men are included in the top of this mural which resides in one of the buildings on the deck at the base of the Liberty Memorial Tower.