Robinson, Betsey A.

vanderbilt pequeñoBetsey Robinson (B.A. Harvard; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is Associate Professor of History of Art, Anthropology, and Classical Studies at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Her major research interests are architecture, archaeology, and landscapes of the ancient Mediterranean world. Since 1997 she has conducted research at the Corinth Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, focusing on water supply, fountain design and decoration, Roman mosaics and painting, and the history of excavations. Her monograph, Histories of Peirene: A Corinthian Fountain in Three Millennia (Princeton: ASCSA 2011), is a detailed study of the preeminent fountain in “well-watered” Corinth from the earliest evidence of human through the Ottoman period, and in art and literature. It won the 2011 PROSE Prize for Archaeology and Anthropology and a 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Research at Vanderbilt. Her current book project is a study of Greek mountains and sanctuaries in the Hellenistic and Roman periods; other ongoing studies concern ancient and modern Greek water management. As a member of HYDRΩMED, Robinson is co-directing the Water Cult and Culture Axis and co-organizing an international symposium to be held July 15-16, 2015 at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the École française d’Athènes.

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 Histories of Peirene: A Corinthian Fountain in Three Millennia (Ancient Art & Architecture in Context 2). Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens Foundation, 2011. ISBN: 978-0876619650

“Playing in the Sun: Hydraulic Architecture and Water Displays in Imperial Corinth,” Hesperia 82 (2013) 341-384

“Hydraulic Euergetism: American Archaeology and Waterworks in Early-20th-century Greece,” Hesperia 82 (2013) 101-130

“The Production of a Sacred Space: Mount Helikon and the Valley of the Muses,” Journal of Roman Archaeology 25 (2012) 227-258

“‘Good Luck’ from Corinth: A Mosaic of Allegory, Athletics, and City Identity,” American Journal of Archaeology 116 (2012) 105-132

“Fountains and Nymphaea,” in M. Gagarin, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, vol. 3, New York & Oxford, 2010, 222-224

“Fountains and the Formation of Cultural Identity at Roman Corinth,” in D. N. Schowalter and S. J. Friesen, eds. Urban Religion in Roman Corinth (Harvard Theological Studies 53), Cambridge, 2005, 111-140

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