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Fred Albertson

Fred Albertson

Art History
Academic Advisor M.A. Art History (European-American concentration)
OFFICE: Art & Communication 244F
PH: 901/678-2941
FAX: 901/678-2735


Roman Art and Archaeology, with emphasis on sculpture (historical relief and portraiture) and painting, funerary sculpture of the Eastern provinces Greek Art and Archaeology, with emphasis on Hellenistic sculpture Early Christian Iconography


President and Programs Coordinator, Mississippi-Memphis Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.


Bryn Mawr College, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Ph.D. 1980, M.A. 1977
Dissertation: The Sculptured Portraits of Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus (A.D. 161-180).
University of California, Irvine, History and Classical Civilization, B.A. 1974 magna cum laude.


Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, The University of Memphis (2009); Chair's Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Department of Art, The University of Memphis (2000, 2004); Jerry G. Gaff Faculty Award for Excellence in General and Liberal Education, Association for General and Liberal Studies (2002); Distinguished Teaching Award, The University of Memphis (1995); College of Communication and Fine Arts, Faculty Advisor Award, The University of Memphis (1991).



Mars and Rhea Silvia in Roman Art (“Collection Latomus” vol. 336). Brussels, Éditions Latomus[in press, 2012]      

Catalogue of the Cypriote Sculpture and Terracottas in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 20. Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities 14) Jonsered, Sweden 1991.


"A Distribution Scene on a Palmyran Funerary Relief," Antike Kunst 57 (2014) [accepted and forthcoming]

"The 'Date' on Two Dated Palmyran Reliefs," Zeitschrift für Orient-Archäologie 5 (2012) 13-32.

 "Two Unpublished Palmyrene Funerary Reliefs in North American Museums,"Syria.Archéologie, Art et Histoire 89 (2012) 7-18.

“The Creation and Dissemination of Roman Imperial Portrait Types: The Case for Marcus Aurelius Type IV,”
Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 119 (2004) 259-306.

“Two Limestone Statues from Roman Egypt,” Cantor Arts Center Journal 3 (2002-2003) 1-23

“Zenodorus’s Colossus of Nero,” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 46 (2001) 95-118.

“Three Palmyrene Reliefs in the Colket Collection, University of Wyoming, “ Mélanges Ernst Will vol. 3: Syria. Revue d’art oriental et d’archéologie 77 (2000) 159-168.

“A Palmyrene Relief of a Roman Cavalryman,” Damaszener Mitteilungen 15 (2000) 141-153, pls. 31-32.

“A Portrait of Hadrian as Diomedes,” MUSE 27-28 (1993-94) [1996] 12-28.

“An Isiac Model for the Raising of Lazarus in Early Christian Art,” Jahrbuch für Antike und Christentum 38 (1995) 123-132, pls. 1-2.

“Pliny and the Vatican Laocoon,” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Römische Abteilung 100 (1993) 133-140, pls. 32-33.

“The Basilica Aemilia Frieze: Religion and Politics in Late Republican Rome,” Latomus. Revue des études latines 49 (1990) 801-815, pls. 2-3.

“A Portrait of Marcus Aurelius from Syro-Palestine,” Damaszener Mitteilungen 3 (1988) 1-9, pls. 1-3.

“An Augustan Temple Represented on an Historical Relief Dating to the Time of Claudius,” American Journal of Archaeology 91 (1987) 441-458.

“Maxentian Hoards and the Mint at Ostia,” American Numismatic Society. Museum Notes 30 (1985) 124-147, pl. 40.

“A Bust of Lucius Verus in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and its Artist,” American Journal of Archaeology 87 (1983) 153-163, pls. 18-20.

Online Publications:

"The Changing Concept of Urbs Roma in Late Antiquity: Rome's Foundation Legends as Represented in the Arts of the 4th and 5th Centuries," Language and the Scientific Imagination. Proceedings of The 11th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 2008 (2009).


Palmyrene Sculpture in North American Museums


Getty Scholar, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2013); Margo Tytus Visiting Scholar, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati (2004); Samuel H. Kress Study Grant (1996), NEH-American Academy in Rome Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Classical Studies and Archaeology (1995-1996), University of Memphis Faculty Research Grant (1995, 1992), American Philosophical Society Grant-in-Aid (1993), College Art Association Conference Travel Grant (1989), NEH Travel to Collections Grant (1988), American Numismatic Society Summer Seminar (1982).

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