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 Dr. Helle Hochscheid


Helle Hochscheid started teaching at UCR in 2006. In 2010, she got her doctorate in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of Amsterdam. Her recently published book Networks of Stone investigates the social processes involved in the creation of sculpture in Athens in the sixth and fifth centuries BC. The subjects of her courses revolve around antiquity in its wider sense, ranging from Classical myth to Classical heritage in a globalizing world.

In summary, Helle’s research interest focuses on how art and especially sculpture had an impact on those involved in making and viewing it. Research questions range from the social status of patrons who commissioned statues; to whether there is a connection between body image as reflected in ancient medical texts on the one hand, and the visual versions in sculpture; to the influence of cognition on the way statues were made, viewed and felt by ancient sculptors and audiences.

With Elizabeth Baltes (Duke University), Helle has founded an association for the study of ancient sculpture (, a platform where academic databases and information can be exchanged, especially for sculpture that is currently under threat.

Antiquity is both important and useful to any university student. Important, because the origins of many aspects of modern society lie in the politics, science, literature, art and scholarship of the ancient world. Useful, because the different ways in which you can and must study this topic are applicable to as many other disciplines; and vice versa, methods from those disciplines can shed light on the origins and historical development of these phenomena in antiquity. Because of this, and also because of the close contacts between faculty members of various disciplines at UCR, it is an enriching place both to teach and study antiquity.



  • H. Hochscheid (2015). Networks of Stone. Sculpture and Society in Archaic and Classical Athens, 2015, Oxford: Peter Lang (herewith databases available here.

  • Hochscheid, H. and R. Hamel (2015). ‘Shaping space: facial asymmetries in fifth-century Greek sculpture’, in W. Wootton, B. Russell and E. Libonati (eds.), Art in the Making: Approaches to the Carving of Stone (open accesswith databases available here.

  • Not Quite Pheidias. Status and Professional Specialisation in Athenian Sculpture (forthcoming). In D. Rodríguez-Pérez ed., Greek Art in Context: Archaeological and Art Historical Perspectives. Farnham: Ashgate.

Other publications

  • H. Hochscheid and M. Burke (2015). Retorisch Lijden: Het Geval Laocoön, in Jong, Chr. Pieper and A. Rademaker (eds.), Beïnvloeden met emoties. Pathos en retorica,  Amsterdam: AUP.

  • H. Hochscheid (2009), Review of Marbleworkers in the Athenian Agora by Carol Lawton, BABesch 84, 232.

  • H. Hochscheid and U. Sinn (1997), Kein Krieg in Troja. Legende und Wirklichkeit in den Gedichten Homers, exhibition catalogue at the Martin von Wagner Museum of the University of Würzburg, 1997.

Conferences and lectures

  • Carving at the Margins. Making low-end sculpture in fifth-century Athens. Netherlands Institute at Athens (9 January 2015).

  • Bearded or Busted. Gender, medicine and ancient Greek sculpture. Department of History, Groningen University (10 December 2014).

  • Assembling Art. Production and the Meaning of Sculpture in Classical Athens. Department of Archaeology, Utrecht University (12 November, 2014).

  • Not Quite Pheidias. Status and Professional Specialisation in Athenian Sculpture. At Greek Art in Context. International Conference at Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, (7-9 April 2014).

  • A Matter of Vision? Facial Asymmetries in Classical Greek Sculpture, at Approaches to the Carving of Stone, International Conference, King’s College London (22-23 June, 2012).

  • A New Deal in ancient sculpture: social functions of Athenian ‘private’ sculpture from 600 to  400 BC, poster at the 17th International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Rome (22-26 September, 2008). 

  • Teaching Ancient history in the Liberal Arts & Sciences, talk at the UK Ancient Historians' Annual Meeting, Birmingham (27 May, 2008).

  • Patronage in muziek en kunst aan het begin van de twintigste eeuw [Patronage in music and art in the early 20th century], concert lecture series, Bethaniënklooster Amsterdam (2007-2008).

  • Tussen Romantiek en Avant-garde. Beeldende kunst en muziek van 1890 tot het interbellum [Between Romanticism and Avant-garde. Music and Art from 1890 to the interbellum], concert lecture series, Bethaniënklooster Amsterdam (2006-2007).

  • Colour Visions: Visual Perception and Painted Patterns on Ancient Greek Sculpture, at the International Conference Local Colour. Ancient painted sculpture in East and West, Allard Pierson Museum/University of Amsterdam (27 March, 2006). 

  • Transactions in Stone, at SOMA (Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology), Trinity College Dublin (22-24 February, 2004).

PhD Thesis

  • Transactions in Stone. Social functions of private sculpture in Athens, 600-400 BC (University of Amsterdam, 2010).




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