Sinclair Bell

Sinclair Bell
Title: Professor
Department: Art History
Office Location: Art Building 201E
Office Phone: 815-753-1473
Office Fax: 815-753-7701

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Classics, University of Edinburgh, 2004
  • M.Sc.Classical Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, 1999
  • M.St.Classical Archaeology, University of Oxford, 1996
  • B.A.Classical Studies and History, Wake Forest University, 1995

Teaching Interests

  • Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art, architecture and archaeology.

Current Research

  • The art and archaeology of the Etruscans.
  • Sport, spectacles and games in the Roman imperial period.
  • The visual representations of slaves, freedmen, and foreigners in Roman imperial art.

Courses Taught

  • ARTH 486 - Art Historical Methodologies
  • ARTH 465 - Introduction to Museum Studies
  • ARTH 310 - Studies in Ancient Art
    • Egyptian Art
    • Aegean Art
    • Archaic and Classical Greek Art
    • Hellenistic Art
    • Etruscan and Early Roman Art
    • Roman Imperial Art

Major Publications


  • (2016) A Companion to the Etruscans, co-edited with A. Carpino. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Pp. 528.
  • (2012) Free at Last! The Impact of Freed Slaves on the Roman Empire, co-edited with T. Ramsby. London: Bloomsbury.
  • (2008) Role Models in the Roman World: Identity and Assimilation, co-edited with I.L. Hansen. (MAAR Supplementary volume; VII). Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.

Book Chapters

  • (2014) "Horse Racing and Chariot Racing" (co-authored with C. Willekes). In The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life, edited by G. Campbell, 478–90. Oxford: Oxford University Press (invited contribution).
  • (2014) "Roman Chariot-Racing: Charioteers, Factions, Spectators." In Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity, edited by P. Christesen and D. Kyle, 492–504. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell (invited contribution).

Journal Articles

  • (2009) "Roman Circus Sarcophagi: New, Lost and Rediscovered Finds." Boreas. Münstersche Beiträge zur Archäologie 30: 127–140, pls. 29–32.
  • (2005) "Responding to the Antique. A Rediscovered Roman Circus Sarcophagus and its Renaissance Afterlife." Pegasus. Berliner Beiträge zum Nachleben der Antike 7: 49–80.

Interdisciplinary Affiliations

  • Fellow, The American Academy in Rome
  • Fellow, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  • Fellow, Howard Foundation