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Benjamin Anderson

Assistant Professor


I study the visual and material cultures of the eastern Mediterranean and adjacent landmasses, with a particular focus on late antique and Byzantine art and architecture. My first book, Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art (Yale University Press), analyzes the reception of ancient techniques for imaging the cosmos. The second, Image as Oracle from Byzantium to the Baroque, will address the invention of the image of the future and its consequences. In addition to those larger projects, I maintain active interests in the efficacy of forms, non-professional interpreters of ancient art, the urban history of Constantinople, and the later medieval architecture of Anatolia.


  • History of Art and Visual Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Religious Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • History of Art, Archaeology and Visual Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies


  • Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS)