SOVA | Ann-Marie Knoblauch
School of Visual Arts, SOVA, Virginia Tech, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art, Creative Technologies, Art History
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Ann-Marie Knoblauch

Interim SOVA Director, Associate Professor of Art History


Office: 351D Henderson Hall

Phone: 540-231-8415




  • Associate Professor of Art History
  • Affiliated Faculty, Classical Studies Program
  • Affiliated Faculty, Lycoming College Excavations at Idalion, Cyprus



Dr. Knoblauch’s current research involves underrepresented groups in theancient Mediterranean world, particularly the archaic and classical Greek world (ca.600-400 BCE). The history of the Greeks is written by and about Athenian men, and Dr. Knoblauch attempts to articulate other voices, non-Athenian and non-male, through looking at the material culture left behind. This approach to the ancient world manifests itself in two main research streams, active fieldwork on the island of Cyprus, and investigations into the visual iconography of Athenian women. Dr. Knoblauch has been involved in the excavations of Idalion, Cyprus since1998. Idalion was one of the most important cities of ancient Cyprus, and the material remains make clear it was also an exceptionally active religious sanctuary. Dr. Knoblauch is currently publishing the sculpture found during the current excavations. This material is especially important because of a lack of historical sources from this eastern Mediterranean island, an island that had direct andindirect contact with most of the major cultures surrounding it, including Greek, Egyptian, and western Asia. Recently, Dr. Knoblauch co-edited a special double issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Near Eastern Archaeology (vol. 71, 1-2), called Ancient Cyprus, American Research. She has also served as a board member for the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, the only international archaeological school on the island. The role of women in ancient Greece has also been a research interest for Dr. Knoblauch, particularly vases depicting young girl’s preparing for marriage and themythological females they sought to emulate. Such investigations allow us tounderstand the concerns and anxieties of a demographic not typically discussed by in ancient historians. Her research in this area has appears in press in an articlecalled “Promiscuous or proper? : nymphs as female role models in ancient Greece”in Religion, Gender and Culture in the PreModern World (Palgrave 2007). Dr. Knoblauch maintains a strong international profile, having presentedpaper in Italy, Germany, Greece and Cyprus and Scotland, as well as co-organizingan international conference in 2006, The Mythology and Iconography of Colonization,with colleagues from the Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in Naples, Italy. The papers from this conference will be published in the peer-reviewed Electronic Antiquity.