Jane B. Carter

Associate Professor Emerita


Ph.D. 1984 Classical Archaeology, Harvard University
Dissertation: Greek Ivory-Carving in the Orientalizing and Archaic Periods. (Emily Vermeule, director.)
M.A. 1979 Classical Archaeology, Harvard University
M.A. 1971 English Literature, University of Virginia
A.B. 1970 English Literature, Mount Holyoke College

Non-degree work:
1979-80            Regular Member, American School of Classical Studies, Athens.
1974-76            Courses in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, Boston College.


Tulane University


Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies.
  (1994-2000, 2008-11  Department Chair.)


Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies.

Wheaton College


Visiting Instructor, Department of Classics.


(1)  Greek Ivory-Carving in the Orientalizing and Archaic Periods.  New York:  Garland
Publishing Inc., 1985.
(2)  The Ages of Homer.  Co-editor (with Sarah P. Morris) and contributor.  Austin: 
University of Texas Press, 1995.

In progress:
(3)  The Beginning of Greek Sculpture.  Under revision.
(4)  Offering Stands in the Ancient Mediterranean.

• "The Masks of Ortheia," American Journal of Archaeology 91 (1987) 355-383.
• "Isotopic Analysis of Seventh-Century B.C. Perirrhanteria," in N. Herz and M. Waelkens, eds., Classical Marble: Geochemistry, Technology, Trade (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1988).
• "Masks and Poetry in Early Sparta," in R. Hagg, N. Marinatos, and G. Norquist, eds., Early Greek Cult Practice, Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium of the Swedish Institute in Athens, 26-29 June, 1986 (Stockholm:  Swedish Institute at Athens, 1988) 89-98.
• "The Chests of Periander," American Journal of Archaeology 93 (1989) 355-378.
• "Chios," "Ephesos," "Temple of Artemis, Ephesos," "Knidos," "Korkyra (Korfu),"
• "Temple of Hera, Olympia," in N. du Grummond, The Dictionary of the History of Classical Archaeology (Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, 1996).
• "Geometric Sculpture," "Daedalic Sculpture," "Greek Ivory and Bone Carving," in The Dictionary of Art (London:  Macmillan Publishers Ltd.).
• "Ancestor Cult and the Occasion of Homeric Performance," in J. Carter and S. Morris, eds., The Ages of Homer (University of Texas Press, 1995) 285-312.
• "Thiasos and Marzeah:  Ancestor Cult in the Age of Homer," in S. Langdon, ed., From Pasture to Polis:  Art in the Age of Homer (Columbia:  University of Missouri Press, 1997) 72-112.
• "Egyptian Bronze Jugs from Crete and Lefkandi," Journal of Hellenic Studies 118 (1998) 172-177.

• Review of S. Morris, The Black and White Style:  Athens and Aigina in the Orientalizing Period, American Journal of Archaeology 89 (1985) 695-697.
• Review article:  Fernanda Pompili, ed., Studi sulla ceramica laconica:  atti del seminario, Perugia, Marlene Herfort-Koch, Archaische Bronzeplastik lakoniens, and Maria Pipili, Laconian Iconography of the Sixth Century B.C., American Journal of Archaeology 93 (1989) 472-476.
• Review of Helmut Kyrieleis, ed., IX. Bericht ¸ber die Ausgrabungen in Olympia (Berlin and New York, 1994), American Journal of Archaeology 100 (1996) 420-421.
• Review of Amalia Fautoferri, Il Trono di Amyklai e Sparta:  Bathykles al Servizio del Potere (Naples 1996), American Journal of Archaeology 102 (1998) 217-218.


• “Funeral Feasts:  Geometric Greeks, Neo-Hittites, and Egyptians,” University of Texas, November, 2005.
• “The Iconography of the Seated Figure in Early Greek Sculpture,”  Langford Seminar, Florida State University, February, 2005.
• “The Origins of Greek Sculpture:  the Egyptian Context,” Amherst College, September, 2004.
• "Cult Stands and Caryatids," Keynote Lecture, British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology, Cambridge University, December 16, 1999.
• "A New Interpretation of the Stelai from Prinias, Crete," Harvard University, January 15, 1997.
• "Prinias and Karkamish:  Syro-Phoenician Iconography Re-contextualized in the Sculptural Program at Prinias, Crete," Colloquium on Post-Minoan Crete, London, Institute of Archaeology, November 10, 1995.
• "Recontextualizing the Image:  Syro-Phoenician Iconography in Crete," Association of Ancient Historians, Nashville TN, May 6, 1995.  (Invited paper.)
• "The Iconography of Ancestor Cult in Early Greece," Department of Anthropology, Tulane University, March 4, 1994.
• "The Iconography of Ancestor Cult," Bryn Mawr College, February 9, 1994.
• "Thiasos and Marzeah:  Ancestor Cult in the Age of Homer," Symposium with the exhibition From Pasture to Polis:  Art in the Age of Homer, University of Missouri-Columbia, October 23, 1993.
• "Why Did the Men Eat Together?  The Syssitia as Ritual," Franklin and Marshall College, March 8, 1993.
• "The Bronze Age Origins of Greek Sculpture," Sixth Annual Benefactors' Fund Lecture, Dartmouth College, May 12, 1992.
• "The Origins of the Greek Kouros," New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, December 8, 1991.
• "The Minoan Origins of the Greek Kouros," Harvard University, January 16, 1991.
• "The Feast of the Dead in the Ancient Near East and Greece," University of Pittsburgh, April 13, 1989.
•  "The Cult of the Dead: the Near East and Greece," Bryn Mawr College, March 3, 1989.
• "To the Dust Sing:  The Cult of the Dead in Early Greece and the Near East,"  Mellon Colloquium, Tulane University, September 27, 1988.
• "Isotopic Analysis of Seventh-Century B.C. Perirrhanteria," NATO Conference on Marble and the Marble Trade in Antiquity, Il Ciocco, Italy, May 9-13, 1988.
• "Isotopic Analysis of Grey Marble Perirrhanteria," Archaeological Institute of America, New York, N.Y., December 27-30, 1987.  (Abstract:  AJA 92, 1988, 276.)
• "The Robe and the Plough in Alcman's Louvre Partheneion," Louisiana Classical Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 21, 1987.
• "The Earliest Sculptures of the Greeks," University of Georgia, March 10, 1987.
• "Alcman and Ritual in Early Sparta," Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, November 6, 1986.
• "Masks and Poetry in Early Sparta," Fifth International Symposium at the Swedish Institute in Athens, June 26-29, 1986.
• "The Masks of Ortheia," Archaeological Institute of America, Washington, D.C., December 27-30, l985. (Abstract: AJA 90, 1986, 185-186.)
• "The Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia in Orientalizing and Archaic Sparta," Harvard University, April, 1985.
• "Ionic Elements in Archaic Architecture on Corfu," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, October, 1984.
• "Archaic Lakonian Ivory-Carvings at Delphi," Archaeological Institute of America, Philadelphia, December 27-39, l982. (Abstract: AJA 87, 1983, 228.)
• "Sophocles and Prokne," Archaeological Institute of America, New Orleans, December 27-30, 1980. (Abstract: AJA 85, 1981, 189.)
• "The Sanctuary of the Mystery Rites at Knidos," Archaeological Institute of America, Atlanta, December 28-30, 1977. (Program:  AJA 82, 1978, 250.)


• University of Minnesota, Archaeological Research in the Western Peloponnesos, Pylos, Greece.  Field director.  Summers, 1993-1994.  Architectural study and drawing of state plan of Mycenaean palace.
• Tulane-UCLA Project on Lefkada, Greece.  Summers, 1990-1992.  Co-director.  Survey of late classical towers on Lefkada.
• Excavations at Kavousi, Crete, Greece.  Summer, 1990.  Trench master.
• Koukounaries Excavation, Paros, Greece.  Summer, 1984.  Trench master.
• Nemea Temple Project, Greece.  Summers, 1981-82.  Registrar, draftsperson, and photographer.  Fourth-century temple drawn and reconstructed on paper.
• Corinth Excavations, Greece.  Spring and summer, 1980.  American School training session; trench master during the regular excavation season.
• Knidos Archaeological Expedition, Turkey.  Summers, 1973-77.  Trench supervisor and registrar of small finds.  Supervised registration, drafting, and photography of Knidos finds in the Bodrum Museum, 1976-77.


Tulane Research Enhancement Fund, Phase II

2007-2008 $63,941

ACLRT Summer Workshop, Tulane University

Summer 2000  

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Tulane University

1998 $1,500

ADST Course Development Grant, Tulane University

Summer 1997 $750

Summer Fellowship, Committee on Research, Tulane University

June 1995 $4,000

Summer Fellowship, Committee on Research, Tulane University

July 1993 $1,000

Office of the Provost, Tulane University

Summer 1990 $10,000

Summer Fellowship, Committee on Research, Tulane University

1988 $3,000

Summer Fellowship, Committee on Research, Tulane University

1987 $3,000

J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art and the Humanities at Yale University

1986-1987 $21,000

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend

1986 $3,000

American Council of Learned Societies, Grant-in-Aid

Summer l985 $2,500

Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Committee on Undergraduate Education, Harvard University


Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, Harvard University


Honorary Fellow, American School of Classical Studies, Athens


Charles Eliot Norton Fellowship, Harvard University



American School of Classical Studies, Managing Committee, 1988 to present. 
            Committee on Committees, 1991-93 (Chair, 1992-93). 
            Executive Committee, 1995-1999; 2002-2006
            Vice-Chair of Managing Committee, 2002-2006
Tenure Reviews:
            University of St. Thomas, Tufts University, Boston University, Franklin & Marshall.
Referee for:
            American Journal of Archaeology
            Classical Antiquity
            Cambridge University Press
            University of Texas Press
            J. Paul Getty Fellowship, 1993, 1994, 1996
            American School of Classical Studies, NEH Fellowship
            National Endowment for the Humanities, Archaeological Section
Tulane University Committees (elected committees only):
            Curriculum Committee, 1989-92 (Chair, 1991-92).
            Liberal Arts & Sciences Executive Committee, 1991-94.
            University Senate, 1994-1997, 2003-2006.
            Senate Representative to Board of Administrators, 1994-1995.
            Committee to Evaluate the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences 1996.
            Graduate Council of the Faculty of the Graduate School, 1996-1999.
            Search Committee for Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1997.
            Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2001-2003.
            School of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee, Spring 2006.
            School of Liberal Arts Nominating Committee, 2006


Tulane University:
            Greek Art and Archaeology (lecture).
            Roman Art and Archaeology (lecture).
            Aegean Bronze Age (lecture).
            Egyptian & Near Eastern Art and Archaeology (lecture).
            Egypt under the Pharaohs (lecture). 
            Despots and Democrats (honors seminar on sixth- and fifth-century Athens).
            The Athenian Akropolis (seminar)
            Greek Vase Painting (seminar on Attic black-figure and red-figure).
            The Minoan Civilization of Crete (seminar).
            Bronze Age Greece:  The Mycenaeans (seminar).
            Sex, Love, and Socrates (freshman writing seminar).  F 98, F 99, F 01, F 02, F 03
            Major Monuments of Greek Sculpture (seminar).  S 02
            Latin 101 and 102.
            Greek 101, 102, and 203.
            Intensive Greek 100-204.
            Greek 405/605:  Plato’s Republic (seminar).
            Greek 606:  Herodotos (seminar).
            Greek 307/609:  Homer (seminar).
            Greek 605:  Plato’s Republic and Greek Prose Composition (seminar).
            Greek 611:  Greek Orators (seminar).
            Greek 607:  Lyric Poetry (seminar).
            Art History Survey (one-semester survey of all periods).
            Art Survey I (paleolithic through medieval).
Wheaton College:
            The History and Practice of Archaeology.
            Roman History (Republic and Empire).
Harvard University:
            Greek A and B (beginning Greek).
            Sophomore Tutorial in Greek.
            Periclean Athens (as section leader).


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