Nathan T. Elkins, PhD

Art History: Greek & Roman Art
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Assistant Professor of Art History
Greek & Roman

Dr. Nathan T. Elkins is Assistant Professor of Art History and a specialist in Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology. Before arriving at Baylor, he held teaching and research posts at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany and at the Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Classical Studies, a master’s degree in the City of Rome, and a doctorate in Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology. He is a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society (New York) and a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (London).

Dr. Elkins' research areas and expertise include Roman art, coinage and coin iconography, topography and architecture, sport and spectacle, and the illicit antiquities trade. His research has been published in venues such as the Papers of the British School at Rome, the Journal of Field Archaeology, the American Journal of Numismatics, the Numismatic Chronicle, and as chapters in various edited books. He has two books: N.T. Elkins, Monuments in Miniature: Architecture on Roman Coinage (New York: Numismatic Studies 29, American Numismatic Society, 2015) and N.T. Elkins and S. Krmnicek (eds.), Art in the Round: New Approaches to Ancient Coin Iconography (Rahden: Tübinger Archäologische Forschungen 16, Verlag Marie Leidorf, 2014). He is presently working on another book on the political and rhetorical aspects of the Roman emperor Nerva’s imperial coinage. That book is in contract with Oxford University Press.

Dr. Elkins has excavated at archaeological sites in Texas, Italy, and Israel. He is presently the staff numismatist (coin specialist) at the excavations of the late Roman/Byzantine synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee region and at the excavations of the late Roman fort at Ayn-Gharandal in southern Jordan. Several Baylor students have accompanied Dr. Elkins to participate in fieldwork at Huqoq, Israel.

In addition to pursuing his active research agenda, Dr. Elkins shares his knowledge and enthusiasm for ancient art with Baylor's students, involving the most promising students in his research and pushing them to excel. In 2014, he received the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Mentor of the Year Award from the URSA Steering Committee and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research for his dedication to and support of undergraduate research.

He teaches History of Art I and II (ART 2302 and 2303) and upper-level courses in Greek and Roman Art. Those specialized courses include Greek Art (ART/CLA 3352), Roman Art (ART/CLA 3353), Greek Painted Pottery (ART/CLA 3360), Roman Sculpture (ART/CLA 3361), Greek and Roman Sport and Spectacle (ART/CLA 4369), and Special Topics in Greek and Roman Art (ART/CLA 4368). Occasional subjects currently under the umbrella of the special topics seminar include Roman Coinage and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Outside of the university, Dr. Elkins collects original fine art prints by Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant.

Post Doc, Yale University
PhD, University of Missouri
MA, University of Reading, England
BA, University of Evansville

Professional Work

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N.T. Elkins "Monuments in Miniature: Architecture on Roman Coinage"
N.T. Elkins and S. Krmnicek |
N.T. Elkins and S. Krmnicek | "Art in The Round: New Approaches to Ancient Coin Iconography"
Elkins with students from his Greek Painted Pottery Seminar at the Blanton Museum of Art
Elkins with students from his Greek Painted Pottery Seminar at the Blanton Museum of Art
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N.T. Elkins "The Procession and Placement of Imperial Cult Images in the Colesseum"
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N.T. Elkins "A Note on Late Roman Art: The Provincial Origins of Camp Gate and Baldachin Iconography on the Late Imperial Coinage"
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N.T. Elkins "Taxes, Liberty, on the Quadrantes of Caligula"