Department of Art and Art History People

Dr. Penelope Davies

Associate Professor

Assistant Chair, Art History

Art History: Roman Art and Architecture


Associate Professor Penelope Davies earned her PhD in Classical Archaeology from Yale University in 1994. Her work focuses primarily on public monuments of Rome and their propagandistic functions. She is author of Death and the Emperor: Roman Imperial Funerary Monuments from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius (Cambridge University Press 2000; University of Texas Press 2004) and co-author of Janson’s History of Art, Seventh Edition (Prentice Hall 2006). She is currently working on a book on the art and architecture of the Roman Republic, to be published by Cambridge University Press, and is the recipient of fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the British School at Rome.