The purpose of my research is to analyze, through 3 artifacts, ancient ideas of race and ethnicity in their original historical and cultural context. As well as looking at their place in the current Cleveland Museum of Art’s ancient Greek exhibit, and how the exhibit is using modern ideas of race and ethnicity to interpret these artifacts. Throughout my thesis, I attempt to provide context to the artifacts through close analysis of them while also comparing them to similar artifacts, analyze the Cleveland Museum of Art as a secular temple, understand how each artifact and their display is affected by the museum effect, as well as how written sources display the use of racial identity instead of ethnic identity through the use of content analysis.


Frese, Pamela

Second Advisor

Shaya, Josephine


Classical Studies; Sociology and Anthropology


Museum Studies

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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