Department of Art History and Art

Maggie L. Popkin
Assistant Professor of Roman Art

Ph.D. New York University, 2012
M.A. New York University
B.A. Williams College

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Professor Popkin specializes in ancient Roman art and architecture. Her research interests include the relationship between art, spectacle, and ritual in the Roman world; the impact of visual culture on individual and social remembering in the classical world; the origins and use of spolia in the Roman Republic and Empire; and the intersections between the humanities and cognitive sciences, particularly in the area of memory studies.

Professor Popkin has published on archaic Greek vase painting in the journal Hesperia and on the stone finds from the Eastern Hill of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods at Samothrace (Greece) and has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences and colloquia. Her current book project, The Triumphal Route in Ancient Rome: Monuments, Experience, and Memory, examines the monuments built along the path of the Roman triumph, an elaborate ritual celebrating Roman military victories over foreign peoples. The book demonstrates how the monuments that came to line and define the triumphal route in Rome shaped how Romans experienced and remembered the triumph by commemorating historical triumphs, enabling Romans to envision future triumphs, intensifying collective sensations of watching triumphs, and even at times creating false memories of triumphs that never actually occurred. Related projects include an article on the impact of architecture from Samothrace on monuments of the triumphal route in the second century B.C.E. and an article on material and spectacle in the Porticus Metelli on the triumphal route.

Before joining the faculty at CWRU, Professor Popkin was the Samothrace Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Fine Arts-NYU and Emory University. She has taught classes at the University of Hartford and New York University and has worked in the education departments of the Williams College Museum of Art and the Smith College Museum of Art. She has excavated at Selinunte in Sicily and at Samothrace in Greece, where she is an ongoing member of the archaeological team. She has received various grants and awards, including from the Fulbright Program and the Max Planck Institute’s Memoria Romana International Research Project.