NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies was created by the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) in 1996 to promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the past. The Center does this by promoting collaboration among those FAS departments and programs which focus, in whole or in part, on antiquity and its reception in the modern world.
The Institute of Fine Arts
The Institute of Fine Arts is dedicated to graduate teaching and advanced research in the history of art, archaeology, and the conservation and technology of works of art.
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
ISAW is a center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, intended to cultivate comparative and connective investigations of the ancient world from the western Mediterranean to China, open to the integration of every category of evidence and relevant method of analysis
The Yeronisos Island Expedition undertakes the multidisciplinary investigation of Yeronisos Island, off the west coast of Cyprus, with emphasis on archaeological survey and excavation, ecological survey and research, scientific analysis, mapping, collaborative projects, and an active program of publication and community outreach.
Aquila Theatre Company
Departmental Antiquities Collection
Curator: Professor Larissa Bonfante
The departmental antiquities collection consists of Cypriot, Greek, Etruscan and Roman objects collected by early chairmen of the Classics Department. It was housed on the University Heights campus for many years, until that campus was sold in 1972. It has its origins as a study collection in the early years of the twentieth century, and offers an interesting insight into the history of collecting at a particular moment of American scholarship. When the antiquities came downtown, an opportunity was provided for students to gain experience in hands-on work with Greek vases, Roman sculpture, Latin inscriptions and other types of objects. They have an opportunity to consult the computerized inventory and to work on projects connected with the collection.
An illustrated catalogue of the New York University collections including objects from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, edited by Larissa Bonfante and Blair Fowlkes, was published in 2006 as the first volume of a series of the Center for Ancient Studies. An international group of scholars as well as New York University students have collaborated to publish the most important pieces and groups of objects from the collection, and to recontextualize many of them in the light of recent research. Though the inscriptions will be published in a later volume, some of the objects include inscribed texts, in which two ancient personalities, the Roman Pupiena and the Etruscan Larthaia Telicles, make their appearance.