The connection between mourning and lamentation in classical mythology and modern times has been an interest of mine in the past few years. In Homer and Greek tragedy, the mythical laments serve to underscore the horrors of war and especially its effect on women and children. I was pleased to find “Levitha” sitting up in the ancient gallery when I arrived at the Museum: a funerary bust of a woman dating about 97-98 CE. It is inscribed in ancient Greek, which is how it is dated and the woman can be identified as “Levitha.” Thanks to Levitha, I was able to tie together topics of epigraphy, cultural negotiation, and class standing all in one article! “A Matter of Life and Death: ‘Reading’ a Funerary Monument.” Muse 43 (2009) 31-45.
Up until now, my favorite topic for research was what I worked on while a research assistant to Dr. Gladys Weinberg, co-founder of the Museum of Art and Archaeology. Her expertise was Roman glass, but she generously shared with me the information she had gathered on theriaka or theriac, a medicine that was taken for more than two thousand years. The results of this research are published in "Theriaka: A Panacea for All Periods," Muse 29 & 30 (1995–96)12-29.
Callaway, Cathy and Kristie Lee. A is for Art and Archaeology. 2013. Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri.
“A Matter of Life and Death: “Reading” a Funerary Monument.” Muse 43 (2009) 31-45.