Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper

Research Associate (Greek & Roman)

Area: World Cultures, Ancient Cultures

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

Exhibitions & Galleries: Pompeii: in the Shadow of the Volcano (exhibition June 2015-Jan 2016), 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 in Classical Archaeology, and was then made Assistant Curator to work on Pompeii: in the Shadow of the Volcano (open June 2015 - January 2016). 

Now, as Research Associate, Kate studies various aspects of the ROM's Greek and Roman collection.  Her own particular research focus, which builds on her Ph.D. work, is on ancient figure-decorated archaic Corinthian pottery, which was the most popular pottery produced in archaic Greece and is now excavated all around the Mediterranean.  She is also working on particular aspects of the iconography of early Greek pottery, including the sphinx and the gorgon, and investigating the ROM's 'Minoan' ivory goddess.  In addition, she assists with Paul Denis with curatorial matters, and participates in ROM public events such as tours of the Pompeii Exhibition, ROM member lectures,and ROM Big Weekends.  She also lectures in Classical Studies in the Historical and Cultural Studies Department of the University of Toronto, Scarborough. 

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.  She has explored these issues in academic presentations and in teaching graduate classics students in both the University of Cambridge and the University of Toronto.  

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Recent Publications

Year Publication
2015 Paul Denis and Kate Cooper. Pompeii: in the Shadow of the Volcano (also available as an e-book)
2013 C. L. Cooper. "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 - Special Issue: Greece and Rome at the Fitzwilliam Museum, 24, 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.

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Authored by: Kate Cooper

Authored by: Kate Cooper