Department of Art History and the College
Seth Estrin is a historian of the art, archaeology, and visual cultures of ancient Greece. His research explores the making and viewing of art as a form of social practice in the ancient world and engages with current theoretical discourses in art history as well as traditional methods of classical archaeology and philology. He is currently working on his first book, a monographic study of the relationship between artistic form and emotional subjectivity in ancient Greece, focusing on funerary art of Classical Athens. In addition, he is preparing book chapters and articles on the visual experience of inscribed elegiac poetry, on affect and materiality in Euripides’ Ion, and on the historiography and interpretation of Archaic sculpture. Additional research and teaching interests include the art of Minoan Crete and the status of prehistoric art within art history.
Estrin received a BA in classics and art history from the University of Toronto, an MSt in classical archaeology from the University of Oxford, and MA and PhD degrees in classical archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. His teaching experience includes classes on ancient history and art history at San Quentin State Prison through the Prison University Project.