Cathy Callaway

Research Interests: 

LevithaThe 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.


“Reverse Ekphrasis: The Visual Poetics of Nancy Morejón’s Amo mi a Amo.” Afro-Hispanic Review 36, Number 2 (Fall 2017).

“Educational Programming for Cultural Bricolage: Artists’ Books Conference and Exhibition.” Art Education. (November 2017).

A is For Art and Archaeology, with Kristie Lee, Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri. 2013.

“A Matter of Life and Death: ‘Reading’ a Funerary Monument.” Muse 43 (2009) 31-45.

"Publishing a Festschrift in the 21st Century: the Virtual Dodo." Cloelia (Fall 2002) 27-29.

Editor, Ancient Journeys: A Festschrift in Honor of Eugene Lane (2002) on–line       at




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