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Barrett, Caitlín Eilís

Assistant Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Archaeology Program

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Department Appointments

  • 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 cult, long-distance exchange, coroplastic studies, Egyptian language, Delos, Campania, Kharga Oasis

Overview

Drawing on both archaeological and textual evidence, Caitlín Barrett's research examines cultural, religious, and trade connections between Egypt and the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world. Her first book, Egyptianizing Figurines from Delos: A Study in Hellenistic Religion (2011), investigates religious syncretism and cultural hybridity in the domestic sphere through a study of locally-made Egyptianizing terracotta figurines from the Hellenistic site of Delos. She is currently working on a second monograph dealing with "Nilotic scenes" and the Roman reinterpretation of Egyptian religious practices. 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.

Courses

Fall 2014 Office Hours:
By appointment

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:

  • Egyptianizing Figurines from Delos: A Study in Hellenistic Religion (2011). Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition 36. Leiden: Brill. [731 pp. + 80 plates]

 

EDITED COLLECTIONS: 

  • Section co-editor (with C. Blume and T. Kopestonsky), Silent Participants: Terracottas as Ritual Objects (in press). Book section containing four separately authored chapters. In S. Huysecom-Haxhi and A. Muller, general eds., Figurines en contexte: iconographie et fonction(s). Archaiologia. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion. 

 

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS: 

  • "Roman and Egyptian Visual Culture" (under contract). In G. Williams (ed.), Oxford Handbooks Online in Classical Studies. New York: Oxford University Press. 
  • "Hellenistic and Roman Egypt" (forthcoming). In D.L. Clayman (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. New York: Oxford University Press. 
  • "Terracotta Figurines and the Archaeology of Ritual: Domestic Cult in Greco-Roman Egypt" (in press). In C. Barrett et al. (eds.), Silent Participants: Terracottas as Ritual Objects (edited book section within Figurines en contexte: iconographie et fonction(s), general eds. S. Huysecom-Haxhi and A. Muller). Archaiologia. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion.
  • "Material Evidence for Ancient Greek Religion" (in press). In E. Eidinow and J. Kindt (eds.), Oxford Handbook on Ancient Greek Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  • "Harpocrates on Rheneia: Two Egyptian Figurines from the Necropolis of Hellenistic Delos" (in press). In E. Lafli and A. Muller (eds.), Figurines de terre cuite en Méditerranée orientale grecque et romaine: Production et diffusion, iconographie et fonction. Supplement, Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique. Izmir: École Française d'Athènes. 
  • "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.]

 

ENTRIES IN MUSEUM CATALOGS, ENCYCLOPEDIAS, AND DICTIONARIES:

  • "Archaeology of Ancient Religions" (under contract). In J. Barton et al. (eds.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  • "Figurines" (with E. Darby; forthcoming). In E. Orlin (ed.), Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. New York: Routledge.
  • "Harpocrates" (forthcoming). In E. Orlin (ed.), Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. New York: Routledge.
  • "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." 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." Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 4:4. [1 p.]
  • "Egyptian Imagery in Hellenistic Bulgaria: Lamps from the Thracian City of Seuthopolis." CSIG News: Newsletter of the Coroplastic Studies Interest Group 4: 17. [1 p.]
  • "Religious Syncretism in Egyptianizing Terracotta Figurines from Delos." CSIG News: Annual Newsletter of the Coroplastic Studies Interest Group 1: 10. [1 p.]