(Otago) MPhil (Oxon), FSA, Professor
Robert Hannah graduated from Otago and Oxford. He
principally in Greek and Roman art. His research
interests include archaeoastronomy,
the Classical Collections of the Otago Museum (of which
he is Honorary
Curator), the iconography of Greek mythology, and the Classical
Tradition in art. He held a Marsden Grant for 2004-2006 to work
on a project entitled Time in Antiquity. He
was elected to a Fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries of London
in 2008. He currently holds another Marsden Grant for 2011-2013 to work on a project entitled Myth, Cult and Cosmos: astronomy in ancient Greek religion.
Papers taught 2013
CLAS236: Art of Empires: Hellenistic Art from Alexander to Augustus (co-taught with Dr P. Hannah)
CLAS331: Research Methods in Classical Studies
Recent publications include:
Time in Antiquity (London 2009)
(with P. Wheatley, eds.) Alexander in the Antipodes: Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Alexander the Great and his Successors (Claremont, CA 2009)
Greek and Roman Calendars:
Constructions of Time in the Classical
World (London 2005)
(with G.Magli) "The role of the sun in the Pantheon's design and meaning" Numen 58 (2011) 486-513
(with E. Boutsikas) "Ritual and the Cosmos: Astronomy and Myth in the Athenian Acropolis". In Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: Building Bridges between Culture, Proceedings of the 278th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union and 'Oxford IX'International Symposium on Archaeoastronomy, held in Lima, Peru, January 5-14, 2011 ed. C. L. N. Ruggles (Cambridge 2011) 342-48
"Astronomy; Arktos; Bootes; Hesperos; Hyades; Orion; Pleiades; Seasons; Sirius"
In Homer Encyclopedia ed. M. Finkelberg (Oxford 2011) 96-97, 106-107, 142, 355-56, 382, 613, 675, 785, 806
In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome ed. M. Gagarin (New York 2010), vol. 2, 37-39
"The 'Otago Alexander'"
In Alexander in the Antipodes eds. P. Wheatley and R. Hannah (Claremont 2009) 299-309
In Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World ed. J.P. Oleson (Oxford 2008) 740-58
(with R. Collins) "Through
Classicising eyes: Revisiting Piron's images of Pacific Islanders
from d'Entrecasteaux's voyage"
Journal of New Zealand Art History 29:
In Handbook of Engineering and Technology
in the Classical World ed. J. P. Oleson (Oxford 2007) 1031-59
"The meridiana of Ulugh Beg in Hagia Sophia, Constantinople"
Nuncius 22 (2007) 1-14
"Calendars and Chronology in Ancient
In Magill's Choice: Ancient Greece
ed. Thomas J. Sienkewicz (Pasadena 2007) 196-99
"The Unconquered Sun"
In The Elegant Universe of Albert
Einstein Tom Barnes et al. (Wellington 2006) 119-43
(with J. Rountree and B.L.W. Wong)
"Digital artifacts in Teaching Classical Art: Some Educational
Acta of the XVIth International Congress of
Classical Archaeology, Boston 2003
eds. C. Mattusch and A. Donohue (New York
"Calendar Styles in Richardson's
Sir Charles Granison"
In New Windows on a Woman's World, Volume
1 eds. C. Gibson and L. Marr (Dunedin 2005) 51-61
(with S.R. Lusby and P. Knight) "A
possible solution to a long standing
cartographic mystery. Parts 1 and 2"
The Hydrographic Journal 115 (2005) 11-17, and
116 (2005) 7-14
(with B. Buxton) "OGIS 458, the
Augustan Calendar, and the
In Studies in Latin Literature and Roman
History, Volume XII ed.
C. Deroux (Brussels 2005) 290-306
(with N.C. Rountree, J.Rountree and A.
Robins) "Interacting Factors that Predict Success and Failure in a
inroads: SIGCSE Bulletin 36 (2004) 101-104
(with J. Rountree and B.L.W. Wong) "A
Fidelity-Mediation Framework for Virtual Objects"
International Journal of Learning Technology 1
(with M. Moss) 'The archaeoastronomy of
the Palaikastro kouros
In Calendars, Symbols, and Orientations: Legacies
of Astronomy in Culture eds. M. Blomberg, P.E. Blomberg and
G. Henriksson (Uppsala 2003) 73-77
"Imaging the Cosmos: Astronomical
Ekphraseis in Euripides"
In The Verbal and the Visual: Cultures of Ekphrasis
Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literature,
ed. J. Elsner
31 (2002) 19-32
(with S. Pedersen) "Celestial Dynamics
at the Crossroads: Proclus' reassessment of Plato in the light of
Antichthon 36 (2002) 65-79
(with J. Rountree and B.L.W. Wong)
"Learning with Digital Artifacts:
Gaining a Sense of the Object" VINE 32 (2002) 14-21
(with J. Rountree and B.L.W. Wong) "Learning to Look: Real and
Virtual Artifacts" Educational Technology &
Society 5 (2002)
In Science and Mathematics in Ancient
Greek Culture eds. C. J. Tuplin and T. E. Rihll (Oxford 2002)
"The moon, the sun and the stars: counting the days
and the years"
In The Discovery of Time ed. S. McCready (London
"From Orality to Literacy: the case of the star calendar"
In Speaking Volumes: Orality and Literacy in the
Greek and Roman
World ed. J. Watson (Leiden 2001) 139-159
(with D. Anson and B. Hudson) Lamps in New Zealand Collections
In Mediterranean Archaeology, Supplement (Sydney, forthcoming)
"The Horologium of Augustus as a sundial" Journal of Roman Archaeology 24 (2011) 41-49
"Otago Museum, Dunedin" Scholia 19: 168-76 (forthcoming)
"A Tale of Two Capitals" Journal of New Zealand Art History 32 (forthcoming)
"Early Greek lunisolar cycles: the Pythian and Olympic Games"
In Living the Lunar Calendar Calendars and Years volume 3 eds. J. Ben-Dov, W. Horowitz, J. Steele (Oxford, forthcoming)
"Analemma; Antikythera Mechanism; Calendar, Greek; Clocks; Euctemon; Sosigenes; Sundials; Time, measurement of; Winds, tower of"
In Encyclopedia of Ancient History eds. R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. Champion, A. Erskine and S. Huebner (Oxford, forthcoming)
"Time in Written Spaces"
In Written Space in the Latin West: 100 BC to AD 300 eds. P. Keegan, R. Laurence, G. Sears (London and New York, forthcoming)
(with E. Boutsikas) "Aitia, Astronomy and the Timing of the Arrh?phoria" Annual of the British School at Athens 107: (forthcoming)
"The Organization of Time"
In Companion to Ancient Greek Government ed. H. Beck (Oxford, forthcoming)
(with C. McPhail) "The Cartographers of the Taurus line: the Bematists, Dicaearchus and Eratosthenes" Geographia Antiqua 20 (forthcoming)
University of Otago, Division of Humanities Research
Prof. Hannah is a member of the Classical Culture
and Society Research Cluster.