Professor of Classics, Department Chair
Ph.D. in Classics Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan, 1986
Mary Ann Eaverly received her A.B. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and her PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan and was the Vanderpool Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
The author of Archaic Greek Equestrian Sculpture (University of Michigan Press 1995) and Tan Men/Pale Women: Color and Gender in Archaic Greece and Egypt, a Comparative Approach (University of Michigan Press 2013), she focuses primarily on issues of iconography in early Greek Art. She is the recipient of a George Greenia Fellowship (2016) in support of her current research project—Parthenon, Pilgrimage and Panathenaia: a Re-examination of Archaic Greek Votive Statues.
She is also interested in the use of mythological and archaeological imagery in the work of modernist women poets, especially H.D., and has co-authored several articles on this topic with Marsha Bryant (UF English Dept.), including most recently “Crisis Modes: Ancient Egyptian Forms and Modern Women poets, Mezzo Cammin 12. 1. (2017). Bryant and Eaverly curated the exhibition Classical Convergences: Traditions & Inventions at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.
The winner of several University Teaching awards, Dr. Eaverly has taught in UF study-abroad programs in Rome and Paris and has served as Associate Chair and Chair of the Classics Department. She has excavated in Greece, Israel, Cyprus, and Spain and is past president of the Gainesville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and is a member of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies Athens.
Professor Eaverly is also a member of the IMOS (Impact of Materials on Society) project, a collaboration with the College of Engineering, and is an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Art History. Among the courses she regularly teaches is Pompeii: Archaeological Laboratory, Introduction to Classical Archaeology and Greek Mythology.
Her love of archaeology was inspired by many museum trips with her father and his recollections of her great-grandfather, a Classics professor (Who’s Who in Colored America, 1929) at a now-closed Historically Black College.