Diana Burton

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Director of Classics School of Languages and Cultures


Teaching in 2019

Research Interests

Ancient Greek art, myth, and religion; death and dying in ancient Greece; Greek literature; 3D Printing of antiquities


BA Hons (Victoria); PhD (London)

Research specialties

Diana's research explores the interaction between Greek art and Greek religion, death and immortality, particularly through the iconography of mythical figures.

Current research projects

Diana is currently working on a monograph on Hades. She is also developing a series of articles on votive dedications in Greek religion. She is working on a new volume of CVA for New Zealand. And she is working with Zach Challies and Bernard Guy on a project to scan and make 3D prints of items from the Classics Museum.


In most years Diana teaches some aspect of Greek material culture. This year she is teaching a new course on Myth, Art, and the Gods in Ancient Greece, which looks at the ways in which the Greeks used their art to depict, explore, and debunk their myths, as well as to emphasise particular aspects of their gods – and to butter them up when they needed their help. She also teaches Greek language: this trimester, Herodotus.

Selected publications

‘Immortal Achilles’, Greece & Rome 63 (2016) 1-28

‘The Iconography of Pheidias’ Zeus: Cult and Context’, Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 130 (2015) 75-115

Review of J. B. Grossman, The Athenian Agora Volume XXXV: Funerary Sculpture (Results of the Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens), The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Princeton 2013 in American Journal of Archaeology 119.2 (2015)

‘Nike, Dike and Zeus at Olympia’, in T. R. Stevenson et al. (eds.) The Statue of Zeus at Olympia: New Approaches, Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2011) 51-60

‘Response and Composition in Archaic Greek Poetry’, Antichthon 45 (2011) 58-76

‘God and Hero: the iconography and cult of Apollo at the Amyklaion’ in Helen Cavanagh, William Cavanagh and James Roy (eds.), Honouring the Dead in the Peloponnese: Proceedings of the conference held at Sparta 23-25 April 2009, Nottingham, CSPS Online Publication, http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/csps/open-source /hounouring-the-dead.aspx

‘Hades: cornucopiae, fertility and death’, in Anne Mackay (ed.) ASCS 32 Selected Proceedings (2011), http://ascs.org.au /news/ascs32/index.html

‘The Cult of Zeus Meilichios at Argos’, in Neil O’Sullivan (ed.) ASCS 31 Selected Proceedings, Perth, University of Western Australia (2010) 1-7

‘The gender of death’, in E. Stafford and J. Herrin (eds), Personification in the Greek World, Aldershot: Ashgate (2005) 45-68

'Heracles and Megara Reunited', Theatres of Action: Papers for Chris Dearden, edd. J. Davidson & A. Pomeroy, Prudentia Supplement (2003) 133-141

‘Public memorials, private virtues: Women on classical Athenian grave monuments’, Mortality, 8 (2003) 20-35

‘The death of gods in Greek succession myths’, in F. Budelmann and P. Michelakis (eds), Homer, Tragedy and Beyond: Essays in Honour of P. E. Easterling, London: Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (2001) 43-56

'The Cult of Hades at Elis'. Archiv für Religionsgeschichte (2018)

'Time and timelessness in Greek afterlifes', L’Antiquité Classique 86 (2017) 1-10 Athens to Aotearoa, edited volume with Jeff Tatum and Simon Perris, Victoria University Press 2017 (review: J. Barbon, https://booksellersnz.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/book-review-athens-to-aotearoa-edited-by-tatum-jeff/)

'Utopian Motifs in Early Greek Concepts of the Afterlife', Antichthon 50 (2016) 1-16

Awards and achievements

Research Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies & Warburg Institute, London, 2001

Research Fellow at Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia, University of Sydney, 2009

Nominated Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh (2014).

Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Visiting Professor (2014).

Research Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies, London, 2017


Teaching in 2019