Matthew Coleman

PhD Student


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Hellenistic Sculpture and Aesthetics
  • Classical Reception Studies
  • Ancient/Modern Visuality
  • Greek Image and Text
  • Antiquities Collections

Working Dissertation


Seeing Beyond the Classical Tradition, Then and Now: The Diversity of Viewer Experience in Hellenistic Art


Björn C. Ewald


Before joining the Ph.D. program at U of T, Matthew received his B.A. (2018) and M.A. (2020) in the Classical Studies department at the University of Waterloo. There, his Master’s thesis focussed on the purposes for antiquities collection and the aim of sculpture display in the Italian Renaissance. His current research interests include studies of the ancient body in figural sculpture, viewership, modern antiquarianism, and ancient Greek poetry. Centrally, however, Matthew focusses on Hellenistic art (esp. sculpture) and its reception in post-antique cultures. In the Art History department at U of T, Matthew continues his exploration of the many ways in which individuals and societies, from antiquity to the present day, interact with the material culture of the ancient world.

Recent Awards

  • 2022–25 Canada Graduate Scholarship – SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2022–23 CDHI Graduate Fellowship in Critical Digital Humanities
  • 2022 Hal Jackman Foundation Fellowship in Graduate Student Fieldwork
  • 2021 Stephen Vickers Memorial Award
  • 2021 W. Bernard Herman Scholarship in Art


MA, University of Waterloo, Classical Studies, 2020
BA, University of Waterloo, Classics, 2018