Christopher Hallett

Job title: 
Professor Emeritus
Roman Art

Chris Hallett received his education at the University of Bristol, Lincoln College Oxford, and UC Berkeley. From 1993 to 2001 he taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, and since 2001 he has held a joint-appointment in UC Berkeley’s Departments of History of Art and Classics. He is primarily known as a specialist in Roman sculpture, being the author of The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 BC­-AD 300 (Oxford 2005). But he has just completed the manuscript of a book on literature and the visual arts in the triumviral and early Augustan period: Art, Poetry and Civil War: Vergil¹s Aeneid as Cultural History (accepted for publication by Oxford University Press). Hallett is also a practicing field archaeologist, and since 1991 he has worked at New York University’s excavations in Aphrodisias in South-Western Turkey. He is co-author (with R.R.R. Smith, among others) of Roman Portrait Sculpture of Aphrodisisas (Mainz am Rhein 2006).

Select publications

‘Afterword: the Function of Greek Artworks within Roman Visual Culture’, in G. Adornato, I. Bald Romano, G. Cirucci, and A. Poggio (eds), Restaging Greek Artworks in Roman Times (Milan 2018) 275-87.

‘Terracotta, Antiquarianism, and the “Archaic Revival” of Early Augustan Rome’, in C.M. Draycott, R. Raja, K. Welch, and W.T. Wootton (eds), Visual Histories: Visual Remains and Histories of the Classical World: Papers in Honour of R.R.R. Smith (Turnhout 2019) 181-203.

‘Sculpture: statues, busts, and other villa furnishings of bronze and of marble’, in K. Lapatin (ed.), Buried by Vesuvius: The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum (Los Angeles 2019) 71-97.

‘Defining Roman Art’, in B. Borg (ed.), Blackwell Companion to Roman Art (Blackwell 2015) 11-32.

‘Troilos and Achilles: A Monumental Statue Group from Aphrodisias’, (co-authored with R.R.R. Smith) Journal of Roman Studies 105 (2015) 124-82.

‘Looking Back: Archaic and Classical Bronzes of the Hellenstic andRoman Periods”, in K. Lapatin and J. Daehner (eds.), Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculptures of the Hellenistic Period (Florence 2015) 126-49.

‘The Archaic Style in the Eyes of Ancient and Modern Viewers’, in Viccy
Coltman (ed.), Making Sense of Greek Art (University of Exeter Press, 2011)
pp. 70-100.

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1993
M.Phil., University of Oxford, 1983
B.A., University of Bristol, 1980


Christopher Hallett; R. R. R. Smith; S. Dillon; J. Lenaghan; J. Van Voorhis