I’m a fourth year student in the Classical Studies Ph.D. program. I received my BA in Classical Languages from UC Berkeley and also studied Classics at the University of Otago in New Zealand. My primary interests lie in Greek art and literature from the Archaic and Classical periods and the influence of Near Eastern culture upon Greek iconography and myth. I enjoy any opportunity to be hands on with ancient artifacts and have excavated in Greece and Cyprus as well as worked with collections of papyri and pottery in the US and Greece. Most recently my work has concentrated on feelings of sorrow in Greek funerary art and I am particularly interested in the means of depicting emotion in Classical art. My present research focuses on white-ground lekythoi and the figure of mourning in 5th century Athens. During the summer 2013, I will be an intern at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. I plan to study vases there as well as in the Akropolis and Kerameikos Museums and in collections throughout Europe. In my dissertation, I hope that through a closer examination of the body language and facial expression of mourners on these vases to gain a better understanding of contemporary Athenian conceptions and perceptions of death, dying and grief. Email Molly Allen.