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[Photo]: Robert F. Sutton, Jr.

Robert F. Sutton, Jr. (Retired)


Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies Program


A.B. Haverford College 1969
Ph.D. University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) 1981

Academic Interests

classical art and archaeology, ancient Greek and Roman civilization, ancient Greek language and literature, Greek history, iconography, Greek ceramics and painting, archaeological surface survey and excavation, social history and gender studies


Classical Archaeology, Art & Archaeology of Greece, Art & Archaeology of Rome, Myth & Reality in Greek Art, Greek History, Golden Age of Athens, Discover an Ancient Polis: Ancient Greece on Site (taught in Greece), Classical Mythology


Honorary Woodrow Wilson Fellow 1969,
School of Liberal Arts Distinguished Faculty Award 1998;
School of Liberal Arts Student Council Advisor of the Year Award 2003;
Post-secondary Teacher of the Year, Indiana Classical Conference, 2004.


Editor, Daidalikon: Studies in Memory of Raymond V. Schoder, S.J., Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci, 1989 (32 articles; pp. 424 + xii incl. 40 pl.)
Book Chapters and Articles
Heterosexual Lovemaking on Attic Black-figure: Corpus and Some Conclusions, pp. 77-91 in Concepts of Pictorial Representation in the Hermeneutics of Greek Vase Painting, ed. Stefan Schmidt and J. Oakley, Beiheft of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Deutschland 4. Munich: Bavarian Academy of Sciences (Wissenschaften) 2009.
Zeuxis, Vase Painting and the Kneeling Bather. The Invention of the Female Nude, pp. 270-279 in Athenian Potters and Painters II, ed. John Oakley and Olga Palagia. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2009.
Female Bathers and the Emergence of the Female Nude in Greek Art, pp. 61-86 in The Nature and Function of Water, Baths, Bathing, and Hygiene from Antiquity through the Renaissance, ed. Cynthia Kosso and Anne Scott. Amsterdam: Brill. 2009.
Family Portraits: Recognizing the Oikos on Attic Red-Figure Pottery, Charis. Studies in Honor of Sara A. Immerwahr, ed. Anne Chapin, Hesperia Supplement 33 (2004), pp. 327-350.
The Good, the Base, and the Ugly: The Drunken Orgy in Attic Vase Painting and the Athenian Self, pp. 180- 202 in Not the Classical Ideal: Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art, edited by Beth Cohen, Leiden: Brill, 2000.
Nuptial Eros. The Visual Discourse of Marriage in Classical Athens, The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, vol. 55/56 (1997/1998) pp. 27-48.
Making the Scruffy Sherds Speak: Intensive Surface Survey in Greece, Indiana Archaeology 1 (1997) pp. 144-59.
Pornography and Persuasion on Attic Pottery pp. 3-35 in Pornography and Representation in Greece and Rome, ed. Amy Richlin. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Chapter 11. Ceramic evidence for Settlement and Land Use in the Geometric to Hellenistic Periods, pp. 245-263; Appendix 12.1. The Finds from Koressos (Site 7), pp. 282-284 and (With J. F. Cherry, J. L. Davis, and E. Mantzourani) Chapter 5. Gazetteer of Archaeological Sites," pp. 69-156 in Landscape Archaeology as Long-term History: Northern Keos in the Cycladic Islands, by J. F. Cherry, J. L. Davis, and E. M. Mantzourani. Los Angeles: UCLA, Institute of Archaeology, 1991.
Ceramics of the Historic Period, pp. 646-649 in J. Wright, J. Cherry, J. Davis, E. Mantzourani, S. Sutton and R. Sutton, The Nemea Valley Archaeological Project, 1984-1987: An Interim Report. Hesperia 59 (1990) 579-659.
On the Classical Athenian Wedding: Two Red-figure Loutrophoroi in Boston, Sutton 1991, pp. 331-359.
(With Matthew E. Creighton, S.J.), “Bibliography of Raymond V. Schoder, S.J.” ibid., pp. 1-7
“Preface”, ibid., pp. vii-viii.
Pestschrift Immerwahr: Das Nimmer Wahr und das Nicht Wahr, edited with J. Cooper, Chapel Hill, 1977. Humorous studies presented to Henry and Sara Immerwahr.
The Populonia Coinage and the Second Punic War, pp. 199-211 in Studi introduttivi alla monetazione etrusca, Supplemento Annale 22. Istituto Italiano di Numismatica, 1975.
Athenian Red-figure Lekythos by the Eretria Painter, Ackland Note 8 Chapel Hill, N. C., Ackland Art Center, 1972.


President, School of Liberal Arts Faculty Assembly, 2006-08;
President, Archaeological Institute of America Central Indiana Society 1990-95, 2006-present, treasurer and Indianapolis program coordinator, 1995-2006;
President, Indiana Classical Conference 1997-99
committee member, Archaeological Institute of America;
and committee member, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Secretary-Treasurer (with Susan Buck Sutton), Alumni/ae Association, American School of Classical Studies (2009-15)

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