AIA News

February 22, 2017

SPAAA Vol. 3 Now Available

The third volume in the Kress-supported series: Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture was published in January. The book, entitled: What Shall I Say of Clothes? Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Dress in Antiquity, was edited by Dr. Megan Cifarelli and Dr. Laura Gawlinski. 

The essays in this volume engage explicitly in a variety of theoretical and methodological strategies for the interpretation of dress, dressed bodies, and their representations in the ancient world. Focusing on personal ornaments, portraiture, and architectural sculpture, the collected papers investigate the visual, somatic, and semantic significance of the act of getting dressed, what it meant to be dressed in various ways, and how dress contributed to and shaped identities in antiquity. Authors draw from a wide range of disciplinary frameworks, integrating literary and archaeological evidence, experimental archaeology, social theory and the study of iconography. This volume spans a broad area both geographically and chronologically, bringing the ancient Near East into dialogue with the classical world from prehistory through late antiquity. The breadth and inclusivity of this volume provide a strong theoretical and methodological foundation for the collaborative study of the dynamic role of dressed bodies and images that depict them.

Contributors are Emma L. Baysal, Eric Beckmann, Ayse Bursalı, Alexis Q. Castor, Megan Cifarelli, Laura Gawlinski, Maura Heyn, Neville McFerrin, Kiersten Neumann, Hadi Özbal, Rana Özbal, Josephine Verduci, Alissa Whitmore, Elizabeth Wueste, and Barıs Yagcı.

Regular price is $24.95, but you can save 20% by using code 831-17 when you order. To order the book, visit:

Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture (SPAAA) is a new, peer-reviewed, annual series published by the Archaeological Institute of America, with the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. SPAAA showcases innovative, interdisciplinary, and methodologically sophisticated scholarship presented at the AIA Annual Meeting.

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