Professor of classical art and archaeology at the University of Florida, USA.
Barbara Barletta teaches ancient art courses ranging from Egyptian/Near Eastern through Etruscan/Roman art. Her specialty is Greek art. She has focused particularly on the Greek colonies of Southern Italy and Sicily and the role played by ideas from different regions of the Greek world on the development of sculptural and architectural styles in the West. Recently, her explorations of the origins and use of the architectural orders has led to an examination of Ionic and Doric architecture in fifth-century Athens.
Professor Barletta has received a number of grants and fellowships, including the Rome Prize/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome, and both a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship and a Whitehead Visiting Professorship at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2002-2003 and 2007-2008, respectively). She was recognized as a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in 2002.
Her publications include two books : Ionic Influence in Archaic Sicily: The Monumental Art (Göteborg, Sweden, 1983) and The Origins of the Greek Architectural Orders (Cambridge 2001, reprinted 2009), as well as articles and book chapters. Two chapters appeared in recent years: “The Archaic and Classical Sculpture of Magna Graecia,” in O. Palagia, ed., The Materials and Techniques of Greek Sculpture, for Cambridge University Press and “The Architecture and Architects of the Classical Parthenon,” in J. Neils, ed., New Studies of the Parthenon, from Antiquity to the Present, also for Cambridge University Press. An article on the Parthenon, \"In Defense of the Parthenon Frieze,\" appeared in the October 2009 issue of the American Journal of Archaeology.