Peter Stewart

Dr Peter Stewart

Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology

Tel: +44 (0)1865 278082



Classical Art Research Centre
66 St. Giles'


Peter Stewart was born in Belfast and read classics at Clare College, Cambridge. Before moving to Oxford in 2011, he was Reader in Classical Art and its Heritage at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where he served as Acting Dean in 2010-11. He previously taught at Cambridge and at Reading University, where he was Lecturer in Classics and Curator of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology.

Research Keywords

Roman Sculpture, Greek and Roman Art, Wilton House

Research Interests

His personal research mainly lies in the field of ancient sculpture, including Roman provincial art and the sculpture collection at Wilton House, for which he is completing the history and catalogue. His past publications include, Statues in Roman Society: Representation and Response (Oxford, 2003); Roman Art (Oxford/Cambridge, 2004); and The Social History of Roman Art (Cambridge 2008). As Director of the Classical Art Research Centre he is responsible for the Beazley Archive and he oversees research on a range of subjects, including connections between Graeco-Roman art and the Buddhist sculpture of Gandhara.

Selected Publications:

'Nacktheit (Ikonographie)', in Realllexikon für Antike und Christentum, Hiersemann, Vol: 22, (2013).

'The Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius', in The Blackwell Companion to Marcus Aurelius, M. van Ackeren (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell, (2012), 264-77.

'Geographies of Provincialism in Roman Sculpture', Research Institutes in the History of Art Journal, (2010), Website:

'Totenmahl Reliefs in the Northern Provinces: A Case-Study in Imperial Sculpture', Journal of Roman Archaeology, Vol: 22, (2009), 253-274.

'Baetyls as Statues? Cult Images in the Roman Near East', in The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power, Friedland E, Herbert S (eds.), Peeters, (2008), 293-310.

The Social History of Roman Art, Cambridge University Press, (2008).

'Continuity and Tradition in Late Antique Perceptions of Portrait Statuary', in Statuen und Statuensammlungen in der Spätantike - Funktion und Kontext, F.A. Bauer and C. Witschel (eds.), Reichert, (2007), 27-43.

'Gell's Idols and Roman Cult', in Art's Agency and Art History, R. Osborne and J. Tanner (eds.), Blackwell, (2007), 158-78.

The Road to Byzantium: Luxury Arts of Antiquity Exhibition catalogue, consultant editor with A. Eastmond, Fontanka Press, (2006).

Roman Art, OUP for the Classical Association: Greece & Rome New Surveys in the Classics No. 34, (2004), Notes: reprinted by Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Statues in Roman Society: Representation and Response, Oxford University Press, (2003).

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