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Daphne D. Martin

Daphne D. Martin

Department: Classics

Supervisor: Robin Osborne

College: Clare

Title of Thesis (prelim.): The Art of Archaic Sparta


University of Cambridge, PhD in Classics, 2020-present;

University of Cambridge, MPhil in Classics (Distinction), 2019-20;

Yale University, B.A. in Classics (distinction); B.A. in History of Art (distinction), 2015-19. 

Research Interests

Include but are not limited to: Greek art and archaeology, histories of art/culture, archaic Sparta, ancient aesthetics, the art of sanctuaries, phenomenology of religion, ancient textiles, materiality and processes of making.

Other Professional Activities



"The Art of Archaic Sparta: Deconstructing le mirage Spartiate" Princeton Art & Archaeology Graduate Symposium, A(synchrony): Recurrence, Reversals, and Resistance.

"A Re-examination of Hero Cult in Lakonia" Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge


"From Materials to Digital: Seeing Blue" Materials and Meaning: Decoding and Preserving Cultural Heritage (Yale University) 

"The Embracing our Monuments in Sparta Initiative" DIAZOMA: 6th Corporate Members Meeting (Sparta, Greece) 


“Saffron Mantles and Marked Divinities” in panel, Textiles in Iconography, 24th Annual European Association of Archaeologists (Barcelona, Spain) Sept. 2018

«Μια πρέσβειρα για το αρχαίο θέατρο Σπάρτης – Το Πρόγραμμα: «Αγκαλιάζουμε τα Μνημεία μας στη Σπάρτη» 4th Annual ANO DIAZOMA Conference (Athens, Greece) 

Museum Employment/Internships

Yale University Art Gallery, Acropolis Museum, Acropolis Restoration Service, Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA), Yale Babylonian Collection                                                          

Archaeological Digs

Amyklaion Research Project (Ionian University); Molyvoti Thrace Archaeological Project (Princeton University); Orthi Petra Cemetery, Eleutherna, Crete (University of Crete); Mycenaean Settlement of Mygdalia Hill, Achaia      

Key Publications

Martin, Daphne, D. "The Color of Cult: Artemis Brauronia and the krokotos" in Textiles in Ancient Mediterranean Iconography, eds: Brøns, Harris, and Zuchowska, Ancient Textiles Series. Oxbow Books, forthcoming.

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Teaching Classics in the time of Covid-19

Mar 02, 2021

Dr Renaud Gagné, Director of Undergraduate Studies, discusses the on-going challenges and adaptations made by the Faculty as the Covid-19 crisis continues and Lent term began under a renewed lockdown.

Research in Lockdown: fieldwork postponed

Mar 01, 2021

Rachel Phillips describes some of the challenges faced during the pandemic by doctoral students engaged in full time research.

Unveiling the Invisible: Analysing Roman pottery

Feb 25, 2021

Archaeologists Alessandro Launaro, Senior Lecturer, and Ninetta Leone, Research Associate, have been working as members of the Cambridge MACH group to develop mathematical approaches to the classification of Roman pottery, part of the “Unveiling the Invisible” project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The Faculty reports with great sadness the death of John Easterling

Feb 23, 2021

A Fellow of Trinity from 1958, and Secretary of Trinity College Council for very many years, John was a University Assistant Lecturer in Classics (Ancient Philosophy) before he was appointed to the Office of University Draftsman at the Old Schools. John died on 23 February after a long illness.

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