Jenifer Neils

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
Event Description: 

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, would like to invite you to the third webinar of our new webinar series “Greek Painting in Context”.

Join our webinar with Professor Jenifer Neils and learn everything about one of the most famous paintings from classical antiquity which was the one inside the shield of the gold-and-ivory colossal statue of Athena that once stood in the Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis.

Although now lost, its complex imagery of the gods fighting the giants can be retrieved and reconstructed by a careful examination of late-fifth-century Attic vase painting. This new reconstruction, the first since 1940, was conceived by Professor Jenifer Neils and her students using digital technology.  It not only conforms to the better documented composition seen on the outside of shield (a battle with the Amazons), but relates more closely to its wider context, the sculptural program of the entire Parthenon where the Greek gods play a leading role.

Register today to attend through Zoom, and be able to submit your questions live. Please click here to register: 

* Please note that those who attend through Zoom will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of attendance, should they choose to do so, by sending an e-mail to


About the Speaker:

Jenifer Neils (A.B. Bryn Mawr College, Ph.D. Princeton University) is the Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens — the first woman to hold that position in the School’s 140 year history. Formerly the Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts and the Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University, she served as Chair of the American School’s (academic) Managing Committee from 2012 to 2017.

As a field archaeologist, she has excavated in northern Greece (Torone), Tuscany (Poggio Civitate), and Sicily (Morgantina), and she has published material from all of these sites. A former curator of ancient art at the Cleveland Museum of Art (1980–1986), she has organized two major exhibitions on the ancient world: Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens (1992) and Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past (2003). As an art historian, she has written extensively on the Parthenon sculptures, Athenian vase painting, and iconography. Her most recent books are The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Greece (2008) and Women in the Ancient World (2011), and she just co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Athens with Dylan Rogers (2021). 

Professor Neils has held a number of distinguished fellowships, including those at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, the Getty Research Center, and the Center for British Art at Yale University. She has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, and she was the Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecturer of the Archaeological Institute of America, an institution for which she also served for four years as Vice President for Publications.