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Barrett, Caitlín Eilís

Assistant Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Archaeology Program

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room: Goldwin Smith Hall, Room G23

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Department Appointments

  • Barrett, Caitlín Eilís
  • Classics (CLASS)

Graduate Fields

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • Near Eastern Studies

Other Affiliations

  • Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS)

Keywords

Classical archaeology, Egyptian archaeology, Greco-Roman Egypt, Hellenistic period, archaeology of religion and ritual, household archaeology, household cult, long-distance exchange, coroplastic studies, Egyptian language, Delos, Campania, Pompeii, Kharga Oasis

Overview

Drawing on both archaeological and textual evidence, Caitlín Barrett's research investigates cultural, religious, and trade connections between Egypt and the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world; the archaeology of religion and ritual; and the material culture of ancient households. Her first monograph, Egyptianizing Figurines from Delos: A Study in Hellenistic Religion (Leiden: Brill, 2011), investigated religious change and cultural hybridization in the household through a study of locally-made "Egyptianizing" terracotta figurines from the Hellenistic trading port of Delos. Her second monograph, Domesticating Empire: Egyptian Landscapes in Pompeian Gardens (under contract to Oxford University Press; forthcoming in 2018), will be the first contextually-oriented monograph on Egyptian imagery from Roman domestic contexts. She was also a collaborating editor for Figurines grecques en contexte: Presence muette dans le sanctuaire, la tombe et la maison (Villeneuve d'Ascq: Septentrion, 2015), an edited volume on the contextual analysis of Greek terracotta figurines. 

Prof. Barrett's work has received national and international grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Research Center in Egypt, and Sigma Xi, among other sources; and at Cornell, her work has been supported by the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, the Provost's Special Research Fund, the Classics Department Gift Fund, the Affinito-Stewart Fund, the Midas-Croesus Fund, and the Society for the Humanities. In 2014, she received the Robert A. and Donna B. Paul Award for Excellence in Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell. She has excavated and surveyed at a range of Bronze Age through early modern sites in Egypt, Greece, and the United States. 

Prof. Barrett teaches a range of graduate and undergraduate courses on topics related to Classical archaeology and culture; ancient Greek religion and ritual; the archaeology of the Hellenistic Eastern Mediterranean; Egypt in the Greco-Roman world; Greco-Roman receptions of Egyptian culture; Greeks and "others"; and the ancient Egyptian language and hieroglyphic script. She welcomes applications from graduate students in Classics, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Near Eastern Studies. 

For further information about Prof. Barrett's research, see also https://cornell.academia.edu/Caitl%C3%ADnEBarrett.

Research

Drawing on both archaeological and textual evidence, Caitlín Barrett's research investigates cultural, religious, and trade connections between Egypt and the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world; the archaeology of religion and ritual; and the material culture of ancient households. Her first monograph, Egyptianizing Figurines from Delos: A Study in Hellenistic Religion (Leiden: Brill, 2011), investigated religious change and cultural hybridization in the household through a study of locally-made "Egyptianizing" terracotta figurines from the Hellenistic trading port of Delos. Her second monograph, Domesticating Empire: Egyptian Landscapes in Pompeian Gardens (under contract to Oxford University Press; forthcoming in 2018), will be the first contextually-oriented monograph on Egyptian imagery from Roman domestic contexts. She was also a collaborating editor for Figurines grecques en contexte: Presence muette dans le sanctuaire, la tombe et la maison (Villeneuve d'Ascq: Septentrion, 2015), an edited volume on the contextual analysis of Greek terracotta figurines. 

Prof. Barrett's work has received national and international grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Research Center in Egypt, and Sigma Xi, among other sources; and at Cornell, her work has been supported by the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, the Provost's Special Research Fund, the Classics Department Gift Fund, the Affinito-Stewart Fund, the Midas-Croesus Fund, and the Society for the Humanities. She has excavated and surveyed at a range of Bronze Age through early modern sites in Egypt, Greece, and the United States. 

For further information about Prof. Barrett's research, see also https://cornell.academia.edu/Caitl%C3%ADnEBarrett.

Courses

Spring 2016 Office Hours:
T 12:30-2:30

Spring 2016
Egyptomania (CLASS 2685/ARKEO 2285/ANTHR 2285/NES 2985)
Themes in Mediterranean Archaeology (CLASS 4754/7754, ANTHR 4254/7254, ARKEO 4254/7254, ARTH 4754/6754, MEDVL 4754/6754, NES 4654/7654)

Fall 2015
Magic and Witchcraft in the Greco-Roman World (ANTHR 2846/ARKEO 2846/CLASS 2646/NES 2546)
Advanced Intro to Greek and Roman Culture (CLASS 4635)

Spring 2015
On Leave

Fall 2014
On Leave

Spring 2014
Ancient Egyptian: Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphs I (CLASS 1450/NES 1450)
Classical Tradition (CLASS 2802)

Fall 2013
Cleopatra's Egypt (CLASS 2688/NES 2688)
Archaeology of Greek Religion (CLASS 4750/ARKEO 4150/ANTHR 4150/RELST 4750)
Honors Course: Senior Essay (CLASS 4721)
Master's Thesis (ARKEO 8901)

Spring 2013
Magic and Witchcraft in the Greco-Roman World (CLASS 2646/ARKEO 2846/ANTHR 2846/NES 2546)
Hellenistic Religions (CLASS 4650/ARKEO 4650/NES 4650)

Fall 2012
Egyptomania (CLASS 2685/ARKEO 2285/ANTHR 2285/NES 2985)
Archaeology of the Hellenistic Mediterranean (CLASS 7743/ARKEO 7743/NES 7743)

Spring 2012
Cleopatra's Egypt (CLASS 2688/NES 2688)
Archaeology of Greek Religion (CLASS 4750/ARKEO 4150/ANTHR 4150/RELST 4750)

Fall 2011
Egyptomania (CLASS 2685/ARKEO 2285/ANTHR 2285/NES 2985)

Selected Publications

MONOGRAPHS:

  • Domesticating Empire: Egyptian Landscapes in Pompeian Gardens (under contract; anticipated publication 2018). Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press. 
  • Egyptianizing Figurines from Delos: A Study in Hellenistic Religion (2011). Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition 36. Leiden/Boston: Brill. [731 pp. + 80 plates]

 

EDITED VOLUMES: 

  • Figurines grecques en contexte: Présence muette dans le sanctuaire, la tombe et la maison (2015), eds. S. Huysecom-Haxhi and A. Muller (editors-in-chief) and C. Aubry, C. Barrett, C. Blume, and T. Kopestonsky (collaborating editors). Archaiologia. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion. [534 pp.]

 

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS: 

  • "Magical Gems as Material Texts" (forthcoming). In Textual Archaeology of the Ancient Near East: Are We Doing It Wrong?, ed. Y. Heffron. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. 
  • "The Valuation of Terracotta Figurines in Domestic Contexts: Reconsidering the Gap between Material and Ritual" (forthcoming). In Stuff of the Gods: The Material Aspects of Religion in Ancient Greece, eds. M. Haysom, M. Mili, and J. Wallensten. Athens: Swedish Institute at Athens.
  • "Egypt in Roman Visual and Material Culture" (under contract). In G. Williams (ed.), Oxford Handbooks Online in Classical Studies. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press. 
  • "Archaeology of Ancient Religions" (in press). In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion, eds. J. Barton et al. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press. 
  • "Avant-propos" (with C. Aubry, C. Blume, S. Huysecom-Haxhi, T. Kopestonsky, and A. Muller) (2015). In Figurines grecques en contexte: Présence muette dans le sanctuaire, la tombe et la maison, eds. S. Huysecom-Haxhi et al., 7-9. Archaiologia. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion. [3 pp.]
  • "Terracotta Figurines and the Archaeology of Ritual: Domestic Cult in Greco-Roman Egypt" (2015). In Figurines grecques en contexte: Présence muette dans le sanctuaire, la tombe et la maison, eds. S. Huysecom-Haxhi et al., 401-420. Archaiologia. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion. [20 pp.]
  • "Harpocrates on Rheneia: Two Egyptian Figurines from the Necropolis of Delos" (2015). In Figurines de terre cuite en Méditerranée orientale grecque et romaine. II: Iconographie et contextes, eds. E. Laflı and A. Muller, 187-200. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion.
  • "Material Evidence for Ancient Greek Religion" (2015). In Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, eds. E. Eidinow and J. Kindt, 113-130. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [18 pp.]
  • "Hellenistic and Roman Egypt" (2015). In D.L. Clayman (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. New York: Oxford University Press. [87 pp.]
  • "The Perceived Value of Minoan and Minoanizing Pottery in Egypt" (2009). Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 22.2: 211-234. [24 pp.]
  • "Was Dust Their Food and Clay Their Bread? Grave Goods, the Mesopotamian Afterlife, and the Liminal Role of Inana/Ishtar" (2007). Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 7: 7-65. [59 pp.]

 

OTHER ARTICLES, BRIEF ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES, AND ENTRIES IN MUSEUM CATALOGS:

  • "Figurines" (with E. Darby) (2016). In The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, ed. E. Orlin, 344-346. New York: Routledge. [3 pp.]
  • "Harpokrates" (2016). In The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, ed. E. Orlin, 388. New York: Routledge. [1 p.]
  • "Gems" (with V. Platt) (2015). In Cornell Collection of Antiquities, ed. A. Alexandridis and V. Platt (http://antiquities.stg.library.cornell.edu/gems). [3 pp.]
  • "Plaster Perspectives on 'Magical Gems': Rethinking the Meaning of 'Magic' in Cornell's Dactyliotheca" (2015). In Cornell Collection of Antiquities, ed. A. Alexandridis and V. Platt (http://antiquities.stg.library.cornell.edu/gems/plaster-perspectives-on-magical-gems). 
  • "Terracotta Figurines of Harpocrates from Greco-Roman Egypt" (2013). In C.M. Manassa (ed.), Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs (http://echoesofegypt.peabody.yale.edu/overview/harpocrates-figurines). Online exhibit catalog for a 2013-2014 exhibition at the Yale Peabody Museum. [4 pp.]
  • "'Campana' Relief with Roman Nilotic Landscape" (2013). In C.M. Manassa (ed.), Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs (http://echoesofegypt.peabody.yale.edu/overview/campana-relief-roman-nilotic-landscape). Online exhibit catalog for a 2013-2014 exhibition at the Yale Peabody Museum. [3 pp.]
  • "Egyptianizing Graeco-Roman Objects" (with C.M. Manassa) (2013). In C.M. Manassa (ed.), Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs, pp. 15-16 [print edition]. New Haven: Yale Peabody Museum. Exhibit catalog for a 2013-2014 exhibition at the Yale Peabody Museum. [2 pp.]

 

INVITED BOOK REVIEWS:

  • Review (2013) of M. Trümper, Die 'Agora des Italiens' in Delos: Baugeschichte, Architektur, Ausstattung und Funktion einer späthellenistischen Porticus-Anlage. Journal of Hellenic Studies 133: 116-117. [2 pp.]
  • Review (2012) of B. Rabe, Zwischen Entwurf und Produkt: Die griechisch-römischen Gipsformen aus Ägypten im Museum August Kestner, Hannover. Coroplastic Studies Interest Group Book Reviews (http://www.coroplasticstudies.org/reviews-rabe.html).

 

NOTES, RESEARCH REPORTS, AND BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS:

  • "Nilotic Scenes, Egyptian Religion, and Roman Perceptions" (2013). Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 5: 3-5. [3 pp.]
  • "Recent Research in Greco-Egyptian Interactions" (2012). Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 4:4. [1 p.]
  • "Egyptian Imagery in Hellenistic Bulgaria: Lamps from the Thracian City of Seuthopolis" (2010). CSIG News: Newsletter of the Coroplastic Studies Interest Group 4: 17. [1 p.]
  • "Religious Syncretism in Egyptianizing Terracotta Figurines from Delos" (2009). CSIG News: Annual Newsletter of the Coroplastic Studies Interest Group 1: 10. [1 p.]