Alice Sharpless received her BA in Latin Language and Literature from Oberlin College in 2009, and an MA in Classical Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2012. In 2007, she studied at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Centro), where she first became interested in Roman art and archaeology. She participated in the American School of Classical Studies in Athens’s summer program in 2011, expanding her range of interests to include Hellenistic art. Her primary interests involve the iconography of mythological imagery in Roman art of the imperial period, particularly images that include mythological creatures. She hopes to look at how these scenes differ between visual and and literary descriptions, as well as across geographical spans. By studying the cultural and historical context of such works she hopes to learn more about the societies and individuals that created and commissioned them. She intends to focus on art of the private realm, particularly wall paintings and mosaics. Alice’s secondary interests lie in the funerary art of Hellenistic northern Greece and she hopes to explore this area in more depth during her time at Columbia.
In her previous studies, Alice has worked on a wide range of topics including food imagery in the Homeric hymns, false prophecy in the Aeneid, paradoxography, and the role of poet in a Sulpicia poem. This last topic resulted in a paper presented at the CAMWS annual meeting in 2012. More recently, she has considered the iconography and date of the Great Cameo in the Geld en Bankmuseum in Utrecht and hopes to continue studying this unique piece. She has worked at the excavations at Kenchreai, and as an intern at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She looks forward to more opportunities to work closely with artifacts. Email Alice Sharpless.