Diana E.E. Kleiner

Dunham Professor of History of Art and Classics & Principal Investigator, Open Yale Courses


Diana E. E. Kleiner is an art historian known worldwide for her expertise on the art and architecture of the ancient Romans. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Roman art in its political and social context including Roman Sculpture, the fundamental reference on the subject.

She has done seminal work on Roman women (I, Clavdia I and II) and her latest book, Cleopatra and Rome, published by Harvard University Press, opens a new perspective on one of the most intriguing women who ever lived. The study reveals how the iconic episodes of Cleopatra's life, absorbed into a larger historical and political narrative, document a momentous cultural shift from the Hellenistic world to the Roman Empire.

Professor Kleiner is also Principal Investigator for Open Yale Courses. Supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the initiative provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet.

Professor Kleiner was Yale's Liaison for Faculty Programs at AllLearn from 2001 to 2006. She authored three online courses, including "eClavdia: Women in Ancient Rome" which she regularly teaches as a Yale College seminar. She has also created web portals for her two undergraduate lecture courses--Roman Art and Roman Architecture--which are among the most sophisticated at Yale in their use of digital technology and the online discussion board.

From 1995 to 2003, Professor Kleiner was Yale's Deputy Provost for the Arts with responsibility for arts, divinity, and new media.

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