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 Dr. Helle Hochscheid


Helle Hochscheid has taught at UCR since 2006. The courses that she taught have varied widely in subject matter, but all revolved around antiquity in its widest sense, ranging from Classical myth to Classical heritage in a globalizing world. Helle’s research 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 the types of information exchange networks that craft and patronage were part of; to the influence of cognition and emotion on the way statues were made, viewed and felt by ancient sculptors and audiences.

With Elizabeth Baltes (Coastal Carolina 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 under threat from looting or destruction through man-made or natural disaster.

Antiquity is of key importance and usefulness for anyone who is interested in critically studying the world. Importance, because the origins of many aspects of modern society lie in the politics, science, literature, art and scholarship of the ancient world; and because ancient civilisations and their ways of organisation can give us much insight in the present-day socio-political world stage. Usefulness, because the varied ways in which this topic can only be studied 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. Antiquity is Liberal Arts and Sciences in a very old nutshell.



  • H. Hochscheid (2017). Not quite Pheidias. Status and labour specialization in Athenian sculpture. In: Greek art in context. Archaeologial and art historical perspectives. Oxford: Routledge, 142-155.

  • 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.


  • M. Fullerton, Greek Sculpture. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. JHS 138 (2018: forthcoming)

  • F. Gherchanoc, Concours de beauté et beautés du corps en Grèce ancienne. Discours et pratiques. Bordeaux: Ausonius éditions. Scripta antiqua, 81, 2016. ClR 67 (2017) 436-438

  • C. Lawton, Marbleworkers in the Athenian Agora, Marbleworkers in the Athenian Agora. Athens: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Excavations of the Athenian Agora. Picture books, 27, 2006. BABesch 84 (2009) 232

Other publications

  • Working the Makers or Making the Workers? Podcast of a paper at the CARC conference The Maker's Share in Ancient Greek Art 26th September 2016 here.

  • 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.

  • 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). 

PhD Thesis

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




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