Classical Studies Faculty Directory

Gail Hoffman

Associate Professor and Chair

Associate Professor by courtesy, Art, Art History and Film Department


Gail Hoffman is a classical archaeologist whose primary focus is the cultural interactions between the Near East and Greece during the Early Iron Age (ca. 1050-700 BCE). Her first book examined the archaeological evidence for Near Eastern immigrants living in the Greek world, and she is now studying iconographic and cultural borrowings by Greek elite as they sought to define their own distinctive identities. She has excavated at Paestum, Italy and Corinth, Greece.

Professor Hoffman teaches ancient civilization, fine arts, and history courses such as Art and Myth in Ancient Greece, the Culture of Athenian Democracy, and Greek Civilization. She also teaches elementary ancient Greek (and sometimes Latin) and has co-curated two exhibits of ancient art at BC’s McMullen Museum. 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.


  • Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire (McMullen Museum, 2014) co-editor with Lisa Brody.
  • Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity (McMullen Museum, 2011) co-editor with Lisa Brody.
  • "Defining Identities: Greek Artistic Interaction with the Near East" in Crafts and Images in Contact: Studies on Eastern Mediterranean Art of the First Millennium BCE, eds.C.E. Suter and C. Uehlinger in Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis v.210 (Fribourg: Academic Press 2005) 351-89.
  • "Painted Ladies: Early Cycladic II Mourning Figures?" American Journal of Archaeology 106 (2002) 525-50.
  • Imports and Immigrants: Near Eastern Contacts with Iron Age Greece. (University of Michigan Press, 1997).