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Mireille Lee

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College 
Greek Art and Archaeology

Mireille Lee (Occidental College, A.B.; Bryn Mawr, M.A., Ph.D.) teaches courses on the art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean, including Egypt.  A specialist in Greek art and archaeology, she has a particular interest in the construction of gender in ancient visual and material culture.  Her first monograph, Body, Dress, and Identity in Ancient Greece, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.  Her current research focuses on the ancient Greek mirrors as social objects.  Her research has been supported by: the American Council of Learned Societies; the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art; the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University, among others.




Body, Dress, and Identity in Ancient Greece

Body, Dress, and Identity in Ancient Greece is the first general monograph on ancient Greek dress in English to be published in more than a century. By applying modern dress theory to the ancient evidence, Lee reconstructs the social meanings attached to the dressed body in ancient Greece. Whereas many scholars have focused on individual aspects of ancient Greek dress, from the perspectives of literary, visual, and archaeological sources, this volume synthesizes the diverse evidence and offers fresh insights into this essential aspect of ancient society. Intended to be accessible to nonspecialists as well as classicists, and students as well as academic professionals, this book was published in paperback in 2018.



Bodies and Boundaries in Graeco-Roman Antiquity
Ed. by Fögen, Thorsten / Lee, Mireille M.


Information from DeGruyter website:

In the Graeco-Roman world, the cosmic order was enacted, in part, through bodies. The evaluative divisions between, for example, women and men, humans and animals, “barbarians” and “civilized” people, slaves and free citizens, or mortals and immortals, could all be played out across the terrain of somatic difference, embedded as it was within wider social and cultural matrices. This volume explores these thematics of bodies and boundaries: to examine the ways in which bodies, lived and imagined, were implicated in issues of cosmic order and social organisation in classical antiquity. It focuses on the body in performance (especially in a rhetorical context), the erotic body, the dressed body, pagan and Christian bodies as well as divine bodies and animal bodies. The articles draw on a range of evidence and approaches, cover a broad chronological and geographical span, and explore the ways bodies can transgress and dissolve, as well shore up, or even create, boundaries and hierarchies. This volume shows that boundaries are constantly negotiated, shifted and refigured through the practices and potentialities of embodiment.

ISBN 978-3-11-021252-5

Also available as an e-book.