Katy Knortz


Katy’s interests fall within Classical art and archaeology. Her research focuses on how Classical cultures engaged with the material world they inhabited and how they used built environments to forge social identities. She is particularly interested in the intersection of status and domestic architecture and how this speaks to gender and class differences. She is also interested in conspicuous consumption and what messages were conveyed by monumental and imperial architecture, particularly imperial villas. More broadly, she is interested in social history. Her current research goals are to rethink some of the scholarly language surrounding ‘non-elite’ or presumed ‘non-elite’ homes in the Bay of Naples and to learn more about the lived experience of underprivileged classes in Rome.

Katy is currently pursuing an MA in Classical Studies at Columbia University. From 2016-2018 she pursued an unofficial post-baccalaureate in Classical Languages at UT Austin, where she undertook intensive coursework in Latin, Greek, German, French, and Italian. She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2016 with a double major in Anthropology and Classical Archaeology. During her time at W&M, she was fortunate enough to travel on two Classical tours through Italy and Greece with the Classics Department.

In 2019 she will be excavating at Villa Adriana in Tivoli and attending the Internationaler Ferienkurs für deutsche Sprache und Kultur at the Universität Heidelberg. In 2018 she worked with the Apolline Project, processing pottery and other finds from the Suburban Baths in Pompeii and studying Latin epigraphy at il Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. In 2016 she participated in the excavation at the Roman Baths of Carsulae in Umbria, Italy.

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