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Art, Art History and Film

Gail Hoffman

fine arts department

photo of Imports and Immigrants book


Adjunct Associate Professor Fine Arts and Classical Studies

Ph.D., Classical Art and Archaeology
University of Michigan, 1990

Carney Hall 119

Fields of Interest

Gail Hoffman's primary research area is Greek borrowing and adaptation of Near Eastern culture during the 1st millennium B.C. Her first book examines the archaeological evidence for Near Eastern immigrants living in the Greek world. She is now studying the iconographic and cultural borrowing of Greek elite as they sought to define their own ethnicity. Prof. Hoffman has excavated in Italy and Greece and she hopes to participate soon in an archaeological project to recover evidence about the processes of cultural exchange between Greece and the Near East.

Academic Profile

At Boston College Professor Hoffman teaches the Art and Myth in Ancient Greece, the Art and Archaeology of Homer and Troy, Greek and Roman art as well as the ancient languages. In her teaching she seeks to show students how artistic and archaeological evidence can be used in conjunction with written material to provide a more vivid understanding of past cultures.

Representative Publications

  • "Painted Ladies: Early Cycladic II Mourning Figures?" American Journal of Archaeology 106 (2002) 525-50.
  • "Defining Identities: Greek Artistic Interaction with the Near East" to be published in Continuity, Innovation and Cultural Contact in early 1st millennium B.C. Levantine Art, ed. C. Uehlinger in Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis (University Press Fribourg
    Switzerland, 2003).
  • "Afterword: Posidippus, an archaeologist's perspective" Labored in Papyrus Leaves: Perspectives on an Epigram Collection Attributed to Posidippus (P. Mil. Vogl. VIII 309) Center for Hellenic Studies, ed. B. Acosta-Hughes, M. Baumbach, and E. Kosmetatou (Harvard University Press, May 2003).
  • Imports and Immigrants: Near Eastern Contacts with Iron Age Greece. (University of Michigan Press, 1997).