Elise A. Friedland

Dr. Elise A. Friedland

Associate Professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Art History
Address: Rome Hall
801 22nd St. NW
335 Phillips Hall
Washington, DC,
Phone: 202-994-3056
Fax: 202-994-2156
[email protected]

Elise A. Friedland holds a B.A. in Classics from Williams College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Before coming to GW, she served as a Visiting Assistant Curator at the University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and taught for ten years at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Prof. Friedland has published two co-edited volumes, The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power (2008, Peeters Press) and The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture (2015, 2018: Paperback, OUP), as well as a monograph, The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel) (2012, ASOR’s Archaeological Report Series). Prof. Friedland is currently engaged in two major projects: studying and publishing the corpus of Roman marble sculptures discovered at the site of Beth Shean/Scythpolis in Israel; and investigating the reception of Classical art in Washington, DC, via a project entitled, “Pompeii on the Potomac: Brumidi’s Nineteenth-Century, Roman-Style Frescoes for the Naval Affairs Committee Room in the U.S. Capitol Building,” for which she received a U.S. Capitol Historical Society Fellowship (Fall 2017).  In 2013, Prof. Friedland was awarded both GW’s Bender Teaching Award and the Archaeological Institute of America’s national Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Full CV


Current Research

Import, display, and meaning of marble sculpture from the Roman Near East

Role of religious statuary in the Roman Near East

Greek and Roman echoes in early and 19th c. American art


1997 University of Michigan, Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology

1994 University of Michigan, M.A. in Classical Art and Archaeology

1988 Williams College, B.A. in Classics, Magna Cum Laude

1986 Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome



“The Sebaste Apollo: Form, Function and Local Meaning,” in Roman Artists, Patrons, and Public Consumption: Familiar Works Reconsidered, edited by Brenda Longfellow and Ellen Perry. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 117-141.


2015; 2018 (paperback edition)

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture (first editor; with Melanie Grunow Sobocinski and Elaine K. Gazda). Oxford University Press.



The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel). American Schools of Oriental Research, Archaeological Report Series 17.


“Marble sculpture in the Roman Near East: remarks on import, production, and impact,” in Ateliers and Artisans in Roman Art and Archaeology, T. M. Kristensen and B. Poulson eds., Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series 92: 55-73.


“Quarry Origins, Commission, and Import of the Marble Sculptures from the Roman Theater in Philadelphia/Amman, Jordan,” in Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stone: Proceedings of the IX ASMOSIA Conference (Tarragona, Spain 2009). Anna Gutiérrez Garcia-M., Pilar Lapuente Mercadal, and Isabel Rodà de Llanza eds. Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica (ICAC), Tarragona, 52-60.  (with Robert H. Tykot).



"The Quarry Origins of Nine Roman Marble Sculptures from Amman/Philadelphia and Gadara/Umm Qays,” Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 54: 177-188. (with Robert H. Tykot).



“Visualizing Deities in the Roman Near East: Aspects of Athena and Athena-Allat,” in The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power.  Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion, 9. Yaron Z. Eliav, Elise A. Friedland, and Sharon Herbert eds. Leuven:  Peeters Press.



"Shifting Places, Changing Faces: The Civic Statuary of Roman Jordan,” in Crossing Jordan: North American Contributions to the Archaeology of Jordan, Thomas E. Levy, P. M. Michèle Daviau, Randall W. Younker, and May Shaer, eds. London: Equinox Publishing, 341-347.



“The Roman Marble Sculptures from the North Hall of the East Baths at Gerasa.” American Journal of Archaeology 107: 413-448.

Classes Taught

Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece

Art of the Roman Empire

Art and Archaeology of Pompeii and Roman Daily Life

Art and Archaeology of the Roman Provinces

Greece and Rome in Washington, DC: Classical Influences on Our Founding Fathers

Intermediate Latin I

Vergil's Aeneid (Intermediate Latin II)