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Tom Carpenter

Tom Carpenter

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Classics & World Religions

Ohio University faculty member since 1997

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Oxford University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1983; Harvard University, Master of Theological Studies, 1971; Johns Hopkins University, Bachelor of Arts, 1966


  • Greek Archaeology
  • Greek religion and iconography

Courses Taught

  • CLAR 2120: Roman Archaeology
  • CLAR 3910: Ancient Rome: Development of the City from the 8th Century B.C. to the 4th Century A.D.
  • CLAS 2340: Classical Mythology
  • CLAS 2520: Classical Athens
  • CLAS 2530: Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World
  • CLAS 2540: Rome Under the Caesars
  • CLAS 2550: Pagan to Christian in Late Antiquity
  • CLAS 3120: Greek Tragedy and Comedy



The Italic People of Ancient Apulia: New Evidence from Pottery for Workshops, Markets, and Customs. ed. with K.M. Lynch and E.G.D. Robinson (Cambridge University Press, 2014) [Link to ALICE record]

Dionysian Imagery in Fifth Century Athens (Oxford University Press, Clarendon, 1997) [Link to ALICE record]


Masks of Dionysus, ed. with C. Faraone (Cornell University Press, 1993) [Link to ALICE record]

Art and Myth in Ancient Greece (Thames and Hudson, World of Art Series, 1991) [Link to ALICE record] French edition: Les mythes dans l’art grec 1997 [Link to ALICE record] Spanish edition: Arte y mito en la antigua grecia, 2000 Korean edition: 1998 Turkish edition: 2004 Greek edition: 2006 Japanese edition: 2013

Beazley Addenda, Additional References to ABV, ARV2 and Paralipomena, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 1989) [Link to ALICE record]

Dionysian Imagery in Archaic Greek Art (Oxford University Press, Clarendon, 1986, 2nd edition 1990) [Link to ALICE record]

Summary Guide to the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum (Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 1984) [Link to OhioLINK record]

Mythology, Greek and Roman, with R. Gula (Independent School Press, 1977 – now Longman) [Link to OhioLINK record]


"Regional Variation: Pelops and Chrysippus in Apulia" in J. Oakley ed. Athenian Potters and Painters III (Oxbow Books, 2014). [Link to ALICE record]

"A Case for Greek Tragedy in Italic Settlements in 4th Century BC Apulia" in Carpenter et al., eds. The Italic People of Ancient Apulia: New Evidence from Pottery from Workshops, Markets, and Customs (Cambridge, 2014) [Link to ALICE record]

"The Trojan War in Early Greek Art" in C. Tsagalis and M. Fantizzi eds. Cambridge Companion to the Greek Epic Cycle (Cambridge, forthcoming)

"Vase Painting as Evidence for Performance" in H. Roisman ed. Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) [Link to ALICE record]

"Dionysos and the Blessed on Apulian Red-Figured Vases" in R. Schlesier ed. A Different God: Dionysos in Ancient Polytheism (Berlin, 2011) 253-261 [Link to ALICE record]

“Gods in Apulia” in J. Bremmer and A. Erskine (eds) The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations (Edinburgh, 2010) [Link to ALICE record]

“Apollo and the Apulians” in L. Athanassaki, R. Martin, J. Miller eds. Apolline Politics and Poetics (Athens, 2009). [Link to OhioLINK record]

“The Darius Painter: Text and Context” in S. Schmidt and J. Oakley eds. Hermeneutik der Bilder: Beiträge zur Ikonographie und Interpretation griechischer Vasenmalerei (Munich, 2009). [Link to OhioLINK record]

“Prolegomenon to the Study of Apulian Red-Figure Pottery” American Journal of Archaeology 113 (2009) 27-38.

“Greek Religion and Art” in D. Ogden ed. Blackwell Companion to Greek Religion (Oxford, 2007) 398-420. [ Link to ALICE record]

“Introduction and Discussion” in E. Csapo and M. C. Miller eds., The Origins of the Theater in Ancient Greece and Beyond: From Ritual to Drama. (Cambridge, 2007) 41-47, 108-117. [Link to ALICE record]

“Images of Satyr Plays in South Italy” in G. Harrison ed., Satyr Drama: Tragedy at Play (Classical Press of Wales, 2005) 219-236. [Link to ALICE record]

“The Native Market for Red-Figure Vases in Apulia” MAAR 48 (2003) 1-24.

“A Note on Greek Painting” in A Garden of Greek Verse (Getty Museum, 2000). [Link to ALICE record]

“Images and Beliefs: Thoughts on the Derveni Krater” in G. Tsetskhladze, A. Snodgrass and A. Prag eds. Periplous, Papers on Classical Art and Archaeology Presented to Sir John Boardman (Thames and Hudson, 2000) 51 – 59. [Link to ALICE record]

“Harmodios and Apollo in Fifth Century Athens. What’s in a Pose?” in J. Oakley ed. Athenian Potters and Painters (American School of Classical Studies, Athens, 1997) 171 – 79. [Link to ALICE record]

“Nymphs, not Maenads” abstract, American Journal of Archaeology 99 (1995) 314. [Link to full text via JSTORrestricted access]

“A Symposium of Gods” in O. Murray ed. In Vino Veritas (Oxford, 1995) 145 – 63. [Link to ALICE record]

“The Terrible Twins in Sixth Century Attic Art” in J. Solomon ed. Apollo, Origins and Influences (University of Arizona Press, 1994) 61 – 79. [Link to OhioLINK record]

“The Beardless Dionysus” in Carpenter and Faraone eds. Masks of Dionysus(Cornell University Press, 1993) 185 – 206. [Link to ALICE record]

“The Iconography of Phintias” abstract, American Journal of Archaeology 92 (1988) 237. [Link to full text via JSTORrestricted access]

“The Tyrrhenian Group: Problems of Provenance”, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 3 (1984) 45-56.

“The Beazley Archive Computer Project” with J. Boardman and D. Kurtz inPapers, Automatic Processing of Art History Data and Documents (Pisa, 1984) [Link to OhioLINK record]

“On the Dating of the Tyrrhenian Group” Oxford Journal of Archaeology 2 (1983) 279-93.


Review of J. Mertens, How to Read Greek Vases in American Journal of Archaeology 114 (2011). [Link to full text via JSTORrestricted access] 

Review of A. Mitchell, Greek Vase-Painting and the Origins of Visual Humour in Classical Philology 106 (2011) 80-83. [Link to full text via JSTORrestricted access]

Review of O. Taplin, Pots & Plays, Interactions between Tragedy and Greek Vase-painting of the Fourth Century B.C. in American Journal of Archaeology112 (2008) 774-75. [Link to full text via JSTORrestricted access]

Review of R. Seaford, Dionysos in Classical Review 57 (2007) 541-42 [Link to full text via JSTORrestricted access]

Review of V. Nøskov, Greek Vases in New Contexts: the Collecting and Trading of Greek Vases in American Journal of Archaeology 108 (2004) 465-466.  [Link to full text via JSTORrestricted access]

Review of D. Castaldo, Il Pantheon Musicale, Iconografia nella ceramica attic tra VI e IV secolo in Imago Musicae: The International Yearbook of Musical Iconography 20 (2003) 154-156. [Link to OhioLINK record]

Review of A. Tempesta, Le raffigurazioni mitologiche sulla ceramica Greco-orientale arcaica in American Journal of Archaeology 106 (2002) 332-33. [Link to full text via JSTORrestricted access]

Review of M Anderson, The Fall of Troy in Early Greek Poetry and Art in American Journal of Philology 120 (1999) 453-55 [Link to full text via JSTOR; restricted access]

Review of H.A.Shapiro, Myth into Art in Classical Philology 91 (1996) 384-88. [Link to full text via JSTORrestricted access]

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