Milette Gaifman

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Associate Professor, Classics and History of Art
Loria 557, 190 York Street
Milette Gaifman received her B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2005. Before coming to Yale, she was Hanadiv Fellow and Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2004–2005.

Her research focuses on the intersection between Greek art and visual culture and Greek religious life. She is interested in topics such as the divine image in Greek religion, the relationship between art and ritual, the variety of forms in Greek art — from the naturalistic to the non-figural — as well as the historiography of the scholarship of Greek art. Her first book Aniconism in Greek Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2012) examines the cultic and visual significance of non-figural monuments that marked the presence of gods in Greek antiquity. Her forthcoming book The Art of Libation in Classical Athens (Yale University Press, In Press) examines the affective force of images of libations in Athenian art of the fifth century BC.

She is the recipient of the Jane Faggen Dissertation Prize from Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology (2007), the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication from Yale College (2009), and the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize from the MacMillan Center at Yale (2013). She was a visiting scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2008-2009, and the University of Paris Diderot — Paris 7 in 2015.

She served as Director of Undergraduate Studies (2009-2011), and as Director of Graduate Studies (2013-2015) at the Department of History of Art.

Selected Publications


  • Aniconism in Greek Antiquity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • The Art of Libation in Classical Athens, (New Haven: Yale University Press, In Press).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Framing Divine Bodies in Greek Art” in: Framing the Visual in Greek and Roman Art, Michael Squire and Verity Platt eds., (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming January 2017). [In Press.]
  • “Theologies of Statues” in: Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion, Esther Eidinow, Julia Kindt, Robin Osborne eds., (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 249-280.
  • “Visual Evidence” in: Oxford Handbook on Greek Religion (OHAGR), Esther Eidinow and Julia Kindt eds., (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015), 51-66.
  • “Timelessness, Fluidity, and Apollo’s Libation” RES Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics 63/64, Special Issue, Christopher Wood ed. (2013), 39-52.
  • “Pausanias and Modern Perceptions of Primordial Greeks” Classical Receptions Journal 2 (2010), 254-86.
  • “Aniconism and the Idea of the Primitive in Greek Antiquity” in: Divine Images and Human Imagination in Greece and Rome, ed. Joannis Mylonopoulos (Leiden: Brill, 2010), 63-86.
  • “The Libation of Oinomaos” in: Antike Mythen, Medien, Transformationen, Konstruktionen, Ueli Dill and Christine Walde eds., (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2009), 576-598.
  • “Visualized Rituals and Dedicatory Inscriptions on Votive Offerings to the Nymphs” Opuscula: Annual of the Swedish Institute at Athens and Rome 1 (2008), 85-103.
  • “The Aniconic Image of the Roman Near East” in: The Variety of Local Religions of the Ancient Near East in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, Ted Kaizer ed., in the series Religions in the Greco-Roman World (Leiden: Brill, 2008), 37-72.
  • “Statue, Cult and Reproduction” Art History 29:2 Special Issue, Jas’ Elsner and Jen Trimble eds., (April 2006), 258-279.