Inge Lyse Hansen is a Classical Archaeologist and Ancient Historian whose research and teaching focuses on the visual and material culture of Greece and Rome.
Complementary to traditional text-based historical investigations, art and archaeology provide distinct sources of information on the social history and value systems of the ancient world. Hence, material culture may be seen as a set of visual narratives rooted as much in the cultural ideals of its creators as in the lives of the viewers for whom it was intended.
Professor Hansen's teaching investigates how images, monuments and spaces express particular social and cultural concerns and how they acquire meaning for patrons and viewers in a multicultural and socially stratified world.
Her research interests focus on three major themes. First, Roman portraiture and sculpture as a source of self-imaging and expression of cultural values; second, the articulation of Roman identities and patronage in the provinces in the late Republic and Empire, with special focus on Epirus; third, Roman funerary art and the use of myth and gender to articulate exemplary virtues.
She co-directs the international Alberese Archaeological Field School in Tuscany, investigating Roman Etruria between the 3rd century BC and the 6th century AD. The field school is organized in association with JCU.
She is Vice President of the Rome Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. The society is an international forum for knowledge exchange and networking for professionals and students, with a vibrant public events program.
Professor Hansen is further Research Fellow at the British School, and Publication Manager for the Butrint Foundation and the large-scale excavations carried out by it at the ancient city of Buthrotum, in modern-day Albania, (butrintfoundation.co.uk).
Butrint 4. The Archaeology and Histories of an Ionian Town. Oxford, Oxbow Books, 2013.
Hellenistic and Roman Butrint. London, Butrint Foundation, 2009.
Role Models in the Roman World: Identity and Assimilation (MAAR Suppl. 7). Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 2008.
Roman Butrint: an Assessment. Oxford, Oxbow, 2007.
San Vincenzo al Volturno 3. The Finds from the 1980-86 Excavations. Spoleto, CISAM, 2001.
The Long Eighth Century (The Transformation of the Roman World 11). Leiden, Brill, 2000.
Articles and book chapters
“Two togate statues from Roman Butrint: the impact of Actium,” in press. In S. Walker and K. Zachos (eds), After Actium: New Archaeological Finds from Roman Greece. London, British Museum Press (with I. Pojani).
“Elite living in death: the sarcophagi from the Temple mausoleum” in press. In S. Greenslade and R. Hodges (eds), Butrint 5. The Evolution of an Urban Landscape: Excavations of the Vrina Plain. Oxford, Oxbow.
“Roman sculpture from Butrint: a review of recent finds,” 2013. In I.L. Hansen, R. Hodges and S. Leppard (eds), Butrint 4. The Archaeology and Histories of an Ionian Town: 105-22. Oxford, Oxbow Books.
“Between Atticus and Aeneas: the making of a colonial elite in Roman Butrint,” 2011. In R.J. Sweetman (ed.), Roman Colonies in the First Century of their Foundation: 85-100. Oxford, Oxbow Books.
“Muses as models: learning and the complicity of authority,” 2008. In S. Bell and I.L. Hansen (eds), Role Models in the Roman World: Identity and Assimilation (MAAR Supplement 7): 273-85. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press.
“Urban landscapes and regional status: the case of Epirote Phoenice,” 2008. Journal of Roman Archaeology 21: 583-88.
“The Trojan connection: Butrint and Rome,” 2007. In I.L. Hansen and R. Hodges (eds), Roman Butrint: an assessment: 44-61. Oxford, Oxbow Books.
“Gendered identities and the transformation of male–female virtues on Roman mythological sarcophagi,” 2007. In L. Larsson Lovén and A. Strömberg (eds), Public Roles – Private Status. Men and Women in Antiquity: 107-121. Sävedalen, Paul Åströms Förlag.
“New research on Phoenicê and the development of cities in Epirus,” 2004. Journal of Roman Archaeology 17: 706-711.