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 Dr. Helle Hochscheid


Dr. Helle Hochscheid has taught at UCR since 2006, on topics varying from classical myth to ancient heritage in a globalizing world, and from ancient medicine to gender in classical literature. Helle’s research focuses on how art and especially sculpture in ancient Greece had an impact on those involved in making and viewing it. She is especially interested in sculpted monuments not set up by the elite, but by groups that Greek society in one sense or another marginalized, for example slaves, women or foreigners. The uses of sculpture by this group show the extreme complexity of their status and participation in ancient communities, that are usually assumed to be rather exclusive in their approach to anyone but their own citizens.

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. As of 2019, she is an advisory board member for Theran Press, an independent academic publisher from the US (

Antiquity has a special place in the study of what it means to be human, for various reasons. One is a matter of method: since antiquity is not one field but a range of fields, including philology, archaeology, history and other disciplines, it not only benefits from an integrated interdisciplinary approach, it cannot exist without them. Antiquity is Liberal Arts and Sciences in a very old nutshell. Second, many aspects of modern society lie rooted in the politics, science, literature, art, and scholarship of the ancient world in its widest sense. Third, learning about ancient problems in these manifold ways means learning about the present day: it is remarkable how contemporary problems fundamentally mirror those experienced by ancient cultures. In studying them, we can learn who we are, what we can do and what we should perhaps avoid doing in our own world, and why this should be so.



  • H. Hochscheid and M. Burke (2018). Spartaanse Rede, in J. de Jong, O. van Marion, A. Rademaker (eds.) Vertrouw mij! Manipulaties van imago, Amsterdam: AUP.

  • H. Hochscheid (2018). Kijken in Marmer: Asymmetrie in de Griekse Beeldhouwkunst, Allard Pierson Mededelingen 118, 26-27.

  • 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.


  • Review of Tonio Hölscher, Die Geschöpfe des Daidalos: Vom sozialen Leben der griechischen Bildwerke. Heidelberg: Verlag Antike,2018. Pp. 215. ISBN 9783946317166.  €40,00 (pb). BMCR 08-01-2019,

  • Review of M.D. Fullerton, Greek Sculpture. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. JHS 138 (2018) 293-294

  • Review of 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

  • Review of 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

  • Owning the stones: materiality, ownership and classical Greek sculpture. Paper at AIAC 2018 (Bonn/Cologne) panel 6.4, Making Value and the Value of Making (proceedings forthcoming in 2019:

  • When in Athens, do as the Athenians. The Network of Late Archaic Sculpture. Paper at Tradition/Transition/Revolution in the Late Archaic Period: Contexts, Artists, Styles, Congress Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore: 12-14 November 2018,

  • 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). 




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