Mont Allen (PhD 2014) studies the art of ancient Greece and Rome, with the latter exerting the stronger pull on his heartstrings. Particular passions include mythological imagery in funerary art (especially Greek myths as they were carved on Roman sarcophagi) and ancient attitudes towards artistic facture and technique (notably as they bear on questions of iconography). He spent 2012-2013 in Berlin pursuing dissertation research at the German Archaeological Institute, thanks to generous fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service and the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation.
Mont’s book with Cambridge University Press — The Death of Myth on Roman Sarcophagi: Allegory and Visual Narrative in Late Antiquity — went into production during the summer of 2020. He also won a highly competitive $100,000 Humanities Connections Grant from the NEH, awarded for his novel interdisciplinary project designed to lure STEM students into concurrent study of the humanities and the ancient world.