Department of Classics

Amy Papalexandrou

Ph.D., Princeton

Lecturer, Art History
Amy Papalexandrou



Late Antique and Byzantine Art, Architecture, and Culture


Amy Papalexandrou is a specialist in Late Antique and Byzantine art, architecture and culture. She earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1998 in the field of Art and Archaeology and is trained as an architect, having received the Bachelor and Masters degrees in this field from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught at various institutions including the University of Michigan, the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois, where she recently held the Laing Visiting Distinguished Professorship in the History of Architecture. At the University of Texas she has taught Modern Greek in the Department of Classics and two courses in the Department of Art and Art History: 'The Social Life of Buildings in Byzantium' (2005) and 'Transformations in Late Antique and Early Christian Art & Architecture' (2008). Her research and publications focus on monuments and objects in context as part of a much larger system of human existence and interaction. She has published extensively on spolia (ancient, re-used fragments) and monumental inscriptions, always focusing on how these components were incorporated into buildings and the ways in which they were 'used' and interpreted in medieval societies. Issues of memory, orality, performance, landscape, and the contemporary reception of ancient and Byzantine monuments permeate her work. She is currently finishing a book on the ninth-century church of Skripou, in central Greece, and is a team member of the Princeton-Cyprus Archaeological Expedition to Polis-Chrysochous for which she is publishing the late antique and medieval remains (fifth through sixteenth century) from the site.


C C 340 • Art And Arch Of Late Antiquity

32698 • Spring 2008
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM ART 1.110

C C 340 Advanced Topics in Classical Archaeology:

Detailed study of topics such as architecture, sculpture, or topography of sites. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

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