Professor Margaret Miller

BA BrCol MA Oxf AM PhD Harvard, FAHA
Arthur and Renee George Professor of Classical Archaeology

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Margaret Miller specializes in the archaeology and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean. She publishes widely on cultural relations between first millennium BC Greece, Anatolia and the ancient Near East, especially relations within and with the Persian Empire. She has a long-standing interest in the exploitation of archaeology as a tool of social history, whether Greek drama or domestic life. Her current ARC-funded fieldwork project focuses on the Geometric settlement of Zagora on the Cycladic island of Andros.

Research on east-west cultural exchange involves all forms of material and textual evidence. Iconographic study especially assists questions of social coding and practice as well as shifts in outlook. Recent research on the nature and extent of the Persian imperial presence in western Anatolia and matters relating to local Anatolian interculturation naturally emerged from grappling with the questions of the quality of information about Persians available to Greeks of the classical period. A book in progress on the representation of ?Persians? in Attic artassesses the changing modes of representation against an assessment of equipment and manners within the Persian Empire and in consideration of diachronic perspectives. A study on the ?Orientalization? of myth in Greek art uses the iconography of myth to track the patterns of Athenian representations of mythological figures as ethnically alien as well as the contradictions that allow insight into the ideology of this process of mythical ?alienation.?

Current projects include a programme of fieldwork at the Geometric settlement at Zagora, initially excavated in the 1960s and 1970s under the direction of Alexander Cambitoglou. The ARC-funded three year programme of research, co-directed with Dr. Lesley Beaumont and Dr. Stavros Paspalas, investigates the economic and social structures of Zagora in order to address the problem of settlement sustainability in the face of widespread social and economic upheaval. The settlement profile and abandonment process provide an ideal opportunity to gain nuanced insight into the local economy and associated social structures.

Professor Miller studied classics at the University of British Columbia (BA) and Oxford University (BA), and classical archaeology at Harvard University (AM, PhD) and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. She has excavated in England, Egypt, Greece and Turkey. Before her arrival at the University of Sydney she held positions at McMaster University and the University of Toronto.

Research interests

  • Art and archaeology of Greece, 1000-100 BC
  • Greek settlement and household archaeology
  • Greek iconography
  • Cultural relations between ancient Greece and West Asia
  • Anatolia within the Achaemenid Persian Empire
  • Iconographic evidence for Persian-Greek relations

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

Greek art and archaeology:

  • ARCA1001 Ancient Civilisations (contributions on Greece)
  • ANHS1600 Foundations of Greek History (contributions on the material evidence)
  • ARCA2010 Minoans and Mycenaeans (Bronze Age Greece)
  • ARCA2011 Ancient Mediterranean Lives (settlement and domestic archaeology of Greece ca. 1000-200 BC)
  • ANHS2609 The Hellenistic World (contribution on Alexander)
  • ARCA2624 The Greek Body (contributions on iconography)
  • ARCA3605 Dialogue of Civilisations, East and West

Supervision

Archaeology and art of Iron Age Greece

Current projects

  • Zagora Archaeological Project, co-director
  • Representing and Misrepresenting: Imag(in)ing Persians in Athens
  • The Iconographic Orientalization of Greek Myth in Attic Art

Awards and honours

2012 - Corresponding Member, German Archaeological Institute (Korrespondierendes Mitglied of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut)

2011 - Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities

Other Professional Contributions

2007 - Head of Australian National Committee, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum

2006 - Executive committee, Australian Archaeological institute at Athens

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Settlement sustainability and societal change in the ancient Mediterranean: the case of Zagora; Miller M, Beaumont L, Paspalas S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • Household and Community in Early Iron Age Zagora (Andros, Greece); Beaumont L, Miller M; Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney/Research Seed Funding Scheme.

2002

  • Social Thought in Greek Art; Miller M; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada/Research Grant.

1997

  • Orientalisation of Greek Myth; Miller M; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Miller, M. (2004). (Reprint) Athens and Persia in the fifth century BC: a study in cultural receptivity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Miller, M. (1997). Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century BC: A Study in Cultural Receptivity. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Edited Books

  • Csapo, E., Miller, M. (2007). The Origins of Theater. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Csapo, E., Miller, M. (2003). Poetry, Theory, Praxis: The Social Life of Myth, Word and Image in Ancient Greece. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Book Chapters

  • Miller, M., Holscher, T. (2013). Wealth and Social Identity, East and West: Between cultural anthropology and political ideology. In N. Zenzen, T. Holscher, K. Trampedach (Eds.), Appropriation and Demarcation. Different Perspectives on the Antithesis between East and West in Greek Antiquity. (Aneignung und Abgrenzung. Wechselnde Perspektiven auf die Antihese von Ost und West in der griechischen Antike), (pp. 367-420). Heidelberg, Germany: Verlag Antike.
  • Miller, M. (2011). "Manners Makyth Man": Diacritical Drinking in Achaemenid Anatolia. In Erich S Gruen (Eds.), Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean, (pp. 97-134). Los Angeles, CA: Getty Publications.
  • Miller, M. (2011). Imaging Persians in the Age of Herodotus. In Robert Rollinger, Brigitte Truschnegg, Reinhold Bichler (Eds.), Herodot und das Persische Weltreich [Herodotus and the Persian Empire], (pp. 123-157). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.
  • Miller, M. (2011). Town and Country in the Satrapies of Western Anatolia: The Archaeology of Empire. In Latife Summerer, Askold Ivantchik, Alexander von Kienlin (Eds.), Kelainai-Apameia Kibotos: Developpement urbain dans le contexte anatolien, (pp. 319-344). Bordeaux: AUSONIUS.
  • Miller, M. (2010). I am Eurymedon: tensions and ambiguities in Athenian war imagery. In David M Pritchard (Eds.), War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens, (pp. 304-338). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Miller, M. (2010). Luxury Toreutic in the Western Satrapies: Court-Inspired Gift-Exchange Diffusion. In Bruno Jacobs and Robert Rollinger (Eds.), Der Ach√§menidenhof/The Achaemenid Court, (pp. 853-897). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.
  • Csapo, E., Miller, M. (2007). General Introduction. In Eric Csapo & Margaret Miller (Eds.), The Origins of Theater in Ancient Greece and Beyond: From Ritual to Drama, (pp. 1-40). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Miller, M. (2006). Betwixt and Between: Western Anatolia in the Persian Period. In Amy Brauer, Carol Mattusch and Alice Donohue (Eds.), Common Ground: Archaeology, Art, Science and Humanities: The Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Classical Archaeology, (pp. 225-227). Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Miller, M. (2005). Barbarian Lineage in Classical Greek Mythology and Art: Pelops, Danaos and Kadmos. In Erich S. Gruen (Eds.), Cultural Borrowings and Ethnic Appropriations in Antiquity, (pp. 68-89). Stuttgart: Oriens et Occidens.
  • Miller, M. (2003). Art, Myth, and Reality: Xenophantos' Lekythos Re-Examined. In Eric Csapo and Margaret C Miller (Eds.), Poetry, Theory, Praxis: The Social Life of Myth, Word and Image in Ancient Greece, (pp. 19-47). Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Miller, M. (2002). Greece II: Greco-Persian Cultural Relations. In Ehsan Yarshater (Eds.), Encyclopedia Iranica Vol XI fascicle 3, (pp. 301-319). Columbia: Columbia University Center for Iranian Studies.

Journals

  • Miller, M. (2013). Clothes and Identity: The Case of Greeks in Ionia c. 400 BC. Antichthon: journal of ancient world studies, 47, 18-38.
  • Miller, M. (2008). Persians in the Greek Imagination. Mediterranean Archaeology, 19/20, 109-123.
  • Miller, M. (2007). The Poetics of Emulation in the Achaemenid World: The Figured Bowls of the 'Lydian Treasure'. Ancient West and East, 6, 43-73.
  • Miller, M. (2006). In Strange Company: Persians in Early Attic Theatre Imagery. Mediterranean Archaeology, 17, 165-172.
  • Miller, M. (2006). Orientalism and Ornamentalism: Athenian Reactions to Achaemenid Persia. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 28, 117-146.

Report

  • Miller, M. (2011). Persians in the Greek Imagination.

2013

  • Miller, M. (2013). Clothes and Identity: The Case of Greeks in Ionia c. 400 BC. Antichthon: journal of ancient world studies, 47, 18-38.
  • Miller, M., Holscher, T. (2013). Wealth and Social Identity, East and West: Between cultural anthropology and political ideology. In N. Zenzen, T. Holscher, K. Trampedach (Eds.), Appropriation and Demarcation. Different Perspectives on the Antithesis between East and West in Greek Antiquity. (Aneignung und Abgrenzung. Wechselnde Perspektiven auf die Antihese von Ost und West in der griechischen Antike), (pp. 367-420). Heidelberg, Germany: Verlag Antike.

2011

  • Miller, M. (2011). "Manners Makyth Man": Diacritical Drinking in Achaemenid Anatolia. In Erich S Gruen (Eds.), Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean, (pp. 97-134). Los Angeles, CA: Getty Publications.
  • Miller, M. (2011). Imaging Persians in the Age of Herodotus. In Robert Rollinger, Brigitte Truschnegg, Reinhold Bichler (Eds.), Herodot und das Persische Weltreich [Herodotus and the Persian Empire], (pp. 123-157). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.
  • Miller, M. (2011). Persians in the Greek Imagination.
  • Miller, M. (2011). Town and Country in the Satrapies of Western Anatolia: The Archaeology of Empire. In Latife Summerer, Askold Ivantchik, Alexander von Kienlin (Eds.), Kelainai-Apameia Kibotos: Developpement urbain dans le contexte anatolien, (pp. 319-344). Bordeaux: AUSONIUS.

2010

  • Miller, M. (2010). I am Eurymedon: tensions and ambiguities in Athenian war imagery. In David M Pritchard (Eds.), War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens, (pp. 304-338). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Miller, M. (2010). Luxury Toreutic in the Western Satrapies: Court-Inspired Gift-Exchange Diffusion. In Bruno Jacobs and Robert Rollinger (Eds.), Der Ach√§menidenhof/The Achaemenid Court, (pp. 853-897). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.

2008

  • Miller, M. (2008). Persians in the Greek Imagination. Mediterranean Archaeology, 19/20, 109-123.

2007

  • Csapo, E., Miller, M. (2007). General Introduction. In Eric Csapo & Margaret Miller (Eds.), The Origins of Theater in Ancient Greece and Beyond: From Ritual to Drama, (pp. 1-40). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Csapo, E., Miller, M. (2007). The Origins of Theater. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Miller, M. (2007). The Poetics of Emulation in the Achaemenid World: The Figured Bowls of the 'Lydian Treasure'. Ancient West and East, 6, 43-73.

2006

  • Miller, M. (2006). Betwixt and Between: Western Anatolia in the Persian Period. In Amy Brauer, Carol Mattusch and Alice Donohue (Eds.), Common Ground: Archaeology, Art, Science and Humanities: The Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Classical Archaeology, (pp. 225-227). Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Miller, M. (2006). In Strange Company: Persians in Early Attic Theatre Imagery. Mediterranean Archaeology, 17, 165-172.
  • Miller, M. (2006). Orientalism and Ornamentalism: Athenian Reactions to Achaemenid Persia. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 28, 117-146.

2005

  • Miller, M. (2005). Barbarian Lineage in Classical Greek Mythology and Art: Pelops, Danaos and Kadmos. In Erich S. Gruen (Eds.), Cultural Borrowings and Ethnic Appropriations in Antiquity, (pp. 68-89). Stuttgart: Oriens et Occidens.

2004

  • Miller, M. (2004). (Reprint) Athens and Persia in the fifth century BC: a study in cultural receptivity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2003

  • Miller, M. (2003). Art, Myth, and Reality: Xenophantos' Lekythos Re-Examined. In Eric Csapo and Margaret C Miller (Eds.), Poetry, Theory, Praxis: The Social Life of Myth, Word and Image in Ancient Greece, (pp. 19-47). Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Csapo, E., Miller, M. (2003). Poetry, Theory, Praxis: The Social Life of Myth, Word and Image in Ancient Greece. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

2002

  • Miller, M. (2002). Greece II: Greco-Persian Cultural Relations. In Ehsan Yarshater (Eds.), Encyclopedia Iranica Vol XI fascicle 3, (pp. 301-319). Columbia: Columbia University Center for Iranian Studies.

1997

  • Miller, M. (1997). Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century BC: A Study in Cultural Receptivity. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

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