Seth Estrin is an historian of the art, archaeology, and visual cultures of ancient Greece. His research explores the making and viewing of art as a form of social practice in the ancient world, and engages with current theoretical discourses in art history as well as traditional methods of classical archaeology and philology. He is currently working on his first book, a monographic study of the relationship between artistic form and emotional subjectivity in ancient Greece, focusing on funerary art of Classical Athens. In addition, he is preparing book chapters and articles on the visual experience of inscribed elegiac poetry, on affect and materiality in Euripides’ Ion, and on the historiography and interpretation of Archaic sculpture. His other research and teaching interests include the art of Minoan Crete and the status of prehistoric art within art history.
Estrin received his BA in Classics and Art History from the University of Toronto, his MSt in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford, and his MA and PhD, also in Classical Archaeology, from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. He has worked on field projects in Greece and Albania, and his teaching experience includes classes on ancient history and art history at San Quentin State Prison, through the Prison University Project.