Department of Classical Studies

Maura K. Heyn

Maura K. Heyn

Professor Maura Heyn

Contact Information
            Office: MHRA 1109
            Office Phone: 336-256-0471

At UNCG Since: 2004

            Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles – 2002
            M.A.  University of California, Los Angeles – 1997
            B.A.   Loyola Marymount University – 1991

Research Interests
Dr. Heyn’s research focuses on funerary sculpture in the Roman empire, particularly the sculpture from the Syrian city of Palmyra. She is interested in issues of social identity, cultural change, ancient clothing and dress, and the archaeology of the body. Her current book project, Provincial Life, Roman Death: The Funerary Portraiture of Palmyra, analyzes the multifaceted ways in which funerary sculpture mediated social relations in the aftermath of Roman conquest. Other research interests include the mural decoration of the Temple of Bel in Dura-Europos, and the significance of hand gestures in Roman funerary portraiture.

Selected Publications

  • "Female Portraiture in Palmyra." In S. James and S. Dillon, eds., A Companion to Women in the Ancient World. Wiley-Blackwell. 2012.
  • "The Terentius Frieze in Context." In L. Brody and G.L. Hoffman, eds., Dura Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 221-233. 2011.
  • "Gesture and Identity in the Funerary Art of Palmyra." American Journal of Archaeology 114.4: 631-661. 2010.
  • C.S. Colburn and M.K. Heyn, eds., Reading a Dynamic Canvas: Adornment in the Ancient Mediterranean World. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2008.
  • "Monumental Development in Glanum; Evidence for the Early Impact of Rome in Gallia Narbonensis." Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 19.2: 171-198. 2006.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (junior), UNCG, 2010-2011
  • Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grant (Summer Stipend), 2007
  • New Faculty Research Grant, UNCG, 2005-2006

Full vita

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