Maura K. Heyn

Maura K. Heyn

Professor, Department Head (Roman art & archaeology)
Email: mkheyn@uncg.edu
Office: 1103 MHRA
Phone: 336-256-0389
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

  •  “Western Men, Eastern Women? Dress and Cultural Identity in Roman Palmyra,” In M. Cifarelli and L. Gawlinski, eds.  What Shall I Say of Clothes? Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Dress in Antiquity. pp. 210-217. Selected Papers in Ancient Art and Architecture (SPAAA), 2017
  • M. K. Heyn and A. I. Steinsapir, eds., Icon, Cult, and Context: Essays in honor of Susan B. Downey. Los Angeles, CA: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, 2016.
  •  “Gesture at Dura-Europos; A New Interpretation of the So-called ‘scène énigmatique.” In T. Kaizer, ed., Religion, Society and Culture at Dura-Europos. pp. 105-115. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Yale Classical Studies), 2016.
  • “Status and Stasis: Looking at Women in the Palmyrene Tomb.” In R. Raja, A. Kropp, and A. Højen Sørensen, eds. World of Palmyra. Palmyrenske Studier. pp. 197-209. Copenhagen: The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, 2015.
  • “The Terentius Frieze in Context.” In L. Brody and G. L. Hoffman, eds., Dura Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity. pp. 221-233. Chestnut Hill, Mass: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2011.
  • “Gesture and Identity in the Funerary Art of Palmyra.” American Journal of Archaeology 114.4 (October, 2010): 631-661.

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

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