Bonna Daix Wescoat

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Department Chair

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History

Office: M40 Carlos Hall
Phone: 404-727-6279

Mailing Address:

Art History Department
Emory University
M40 Carlos Hall
Atlanta, GA 30322

Curriculum Vitae


Bonna Daix Wescoat (D.Phil., Oxford University, 1983)

Research Interests

Ancient Greek art and architecture, with emphasis on Archaic and Hellenistic architectural trends and architectural sculpture.

Director of Excavations and Field Research in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace

Selected Publications

  • Samothrace; Excavations conducted by the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University: Vol. 9, The Monuments of the Eastern Hill. (Catalogue of finds by additional authors). American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2017.
  • The Temple of Athena at Assos, Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Architecture of the Sacred: Space, Ritual, and Experience from Classical Greece to Byzantium, ed. Bonna D. Wescoat and Robert G. Ousterhout, 2012.
  • Samothracian Connections: Essays in Honor of James R. McCredie, ed. Olga Palagia and Bonna D. Wescoat, 2010.
  • Syracuse, the Fairest Greek City, Rome, 1989.
  • Poets and Heroes: Scenes from the Trojan War, Michael C. Carlos Museum, 1986.
  • Articles on the design and reconstruction of the Temple of Athena at Assos, Roman architecture, Greek iconography.

Work in Progress

  • Exceptions as the Rule: Order Mixing in Greek Architecture.
  • Samothrace; excavations conducted by the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University: Vol. 8,I and 8,II.Buildings on the Western Hill.  Publication of record for the monuments on the western hillside of the Sanctuary.  Part I includes the Stoa, Nike Monument, and Theater.  Part II includes the monuments clustered on the northern terraces, including the Neorion, Milesian Banquet Hall, Building A, and the Hestiatorion.  Multiple authors.
  • From the Vantage of the Victory. An article exploring the context, architectural setting, and sculptural evidence for the famed Winged Victory in the Sanctuary, with an assessment of the precinct in which she was set and contribution to our understanding of the prow on which she stood.

Selected Seminars

Art and Sacred Experience in the Hellenistic Age: The Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace; Greek Architectural Sculpture; the Origins of Order; The Arts and Cultures of the Hellenistic World