Seth Estrin


Seth Estrin is an historian of the art, archaeology, and visual cultures of ancient Greece. A specialist in Greek sculpture, his research interests include intersections between art and poetry (especially tragedy and epigram), problems of prehistoric art, and, more broadly, the place of emotions and affect in art history. He is currently working on his first book, a study of the relationship between recognition and subjective experience in Greek art, focusing on funerary sculpture of Classical Athens.  

He received his BA in Classics and Art History from the University of Toronto, his MSt in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford, and his MA and PhD, also in Classical Archaeology, from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.


“Experiencing Elegy: Materiality and Visuality in the Ambracian Polyandrion” in The Genres of Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry: Theories and Models, ed. L. Kurke, M. Foster, and N. Weiss. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.


“Memory Incarnate: Material Objects and Private Visions in Classical Athens, from Euripides’ Ion to the Gravesite” in The Materialities of Greek Tragedy: Objects and Affect in Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, ed. M. Mueller and M. Telò (111-132). London: Bloomsbury, 2018


“Cold Comfort: Empathy and Memory in an Archaic Funerary Monument from Akraiphia,” Classical Antiquity 35 (2016)


“Living Surfaces: The Materiality of Minoan Wall Painting,” in Beyond Iconography: Materials, Methods and Meaning in Ancient Painting Studies, eds. S. Lepinski and S. McFadden (Boston: Archaeological Institute of America, 2015)



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