Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper

Assistant Curator - Pompeii (former Rebanks Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology)

Area: World Cultures, Ancient Cultures

Interests: Ancient Greek art and archaeology, Greek pottery of the archaic and classical periods

Exhibitions & Galleries: Gallery of Greece, Gallery of the Bronze Age Aegean, Eaton Gallery of Rome, A.G. Leventis Foundation Gallery of Ancient Cyprus


B.A., Lit. Hum. (Classics), Oxford University, 1998
M.A., Classical History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 1999
Ph.D., Classical Archaeology, Kings College London, 2007

Dr Kate Cooper joined the ROM in May 2012 on a two-year Rebanks Postdoctoral Research Fellowship which ended in May 2014.  Her research, which builds on her Ph.D. work, focusses on the ancient uses and appreciation of figure-decorated archaic Corinthian pottery, which was the most widely transported of all the pottery produced in archaic Greece and is found all around the Mediterranean.  She is also working on particular aspects of the iconography of early Greek pottery, including the sphinx and the gorgon.  As well as pursuing her own research, Kate has day-to-day museum tasks, including working with Paul Denis in the Greek and Roman section on curatorial matters, and taking part in the running of ROM public events such as Ancient Rome and Greece Weekend and National Archaeology Day at the ROM.

Before coming to the ROM, Kate was at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (UK), where she was part of the curatorial team responsible for the redisplay of the Greek and Roman gallery.  For some information on that gallery project see these pages from the Fitzwilliam Museum website.  She has also worked in the Greece and Rome department at The British Museum, London.  Her range of experience in different museums has stimulated her interest in how museums currently display Greek and Roman antiquity, and how such displays help shape the perceptions of the general public about this field of academic research.  These ideas have been the subject of several academic presentations, and the inspiration for teaching graduate seminars at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Classics and the University of Toronto, Classics Department.   

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Recent Publications

Year Publication
2013 "A case study in collaboration: displaying Greece and Rome at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK." Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, 28, 5, 467-490. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ACeXIqaMcXVRTT9eDhFr/full
2012 C.L. Cooper. "The Antiquities Department takes shape: the Fitzwilliam in the early twentieth century." Journal of the History of Collections, 24, Special Issue: Greece and Rome at the Fitzwilliam Museum, 347-368. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/3.toc
2008 C.L. Cooper. "The riddle of the sphinx: a Protocorinthian vase from Perachora and the sphinx in Corinthian art." in Kurtz, D., Meyer, C., Saunders, D., Tsingarida, A., Harris, N. (eds) Essays in Classical Archaeology for Eleni Hatzivassiliou 1977-2007

Research Projects

This exquisite ivory and gold figurine (museum registration number 931.21.1) has been an icon of the ROM collection since she was acquired in 1931, but she has also attracted huge controversy.

Bien que cette exquise figurine en ivoire et en or (numéro de catalogue 931.21.1) soit l’un des fleurons des collections du ROM depuis 1931, elle fait également l&rsqu


Authored by: Kate Cooper

Authored by: Kate Cooper