Assistant Professor of History of Art and Classics
Milette Gaifman received her B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2005. Before coming to Yale, she was Hanadiv Fellow and Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2004-2005.
Her research focuses primarily on Greek religious art. She is interested in topics such as the divine image in Greek religion, the relationship between artifacts and ritual, the variety of forms in Greek art - from the naturalistic to the non-figural - or the historiography of the scholarship of Greek art. She is also involved in a field survey of rock inscriptions in ancient Thera, which explores the role of the Greek epigraphic habit in shaping sacred spaces.
She is currently preparing the publication of her study of Greek aniconism, which examines the cultic and visual significance of non-figural monuments that marked the presence of gods. Articles include: "Statue, Cult and Reproduction", Art History (April 2006); "The Aniconic Image of the Roman Near East" in: T. Kaizer (ed.), The Variety of Local Religious Life in the Near East in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming); "The Absent Image of the Present God", in the proceedings of Theoi Epiphaneis Confronting the Divine in Greco-Roman Culture; "The Divine Body and the Frame", in a volume on visual boundaries in Greek and Roman art (eds. V. Platt and M. Squire).
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