Lynn Roller

Professor, Department of Art History

Office: 164 Everson
Phone:  (530) 752-7801.
E-mail: leroller (at) ucdavis (dot) edu


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1977
M.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1973
A.B., Bryn Mawr College, 1969

Recent Courses:

  • AHI 1A: Ancient Mediterranean Art
  • AHI 172A: Early Greek Art and Architecture
  • AHI 172B: Later Greek Art and Archtecture
  • AHI 173: Roman Art
  • AHI 175: Architecture and Urbanism in Mediterranean Antiquity
  • AHI 190A: Undergraduate Seminar: Narration in Ancient Mediterranean Art 
  • AHI 290: Graduate Seminar: Narration in Ancient Mediterranean Art 

Recent Publication 


  • Gordion Special Studies 1. The Non verbal Graffiti, Dipinti, and Stamps (University Museum Monograph, University of Pennsylvania, 1987).
  • Incised Drawings from Early Phrygian Gordion. Gordion Special Studies 4 (University Museum Monograph, University of Pennsylvania, 2009).    
  • In Search of God the Mother:  the Cult of Anatolian Cybele (University of California Press, 1999).


  • “Religions of Greece and Asia Minor,” in M. Salzman, ed., Cambridge History of Ancient Religions (Cambridge University Press, 2013).          
  • “Gluhite Kamani: old questions and new approaches,” with G. Nekhrizov, M. Vassileva, J. Tzvetkova, and N. Kecheva, Thracia 20 (2012) pp. 215-233.
  • "Phrygian Semi-Iconic Idols from Gordion,” Ancient Near Eastern Studies Supplement 39 (2012) pp. 221-251.
  • “Pictures in Stone: Incised Drawings on Early Phrygian Architecture,” in C. B. Rose, ed., Recent Research at Gordion (University Museum Monograph, University of Pennsylvania Press 2013) pp. 101-110.
  • “Phrygian and the Phrygians,” in Sharon Steadman and Gregory Mc Mahon, eds., Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia. (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2011) Chapter 25, pp. 560-578.
  • "Graffiti on the Wooden Screens from Tumulus MM," Appendix 6, in Elizabeth Simpson, The Gordion Wooden Objects, Volume 1 The Furniture from Tumulus MM (Brill: Leiden 2010) pp. 189-195.
  • “The Sacred Landscapes of Matar: Continuity and Change from the Iron Age through the Roman period,” inSacred Landscapes in Anatolia and Neighboring Regions, ed. C. Gates, J. Morin, and T. Zimmermann. British Archaeological Reports International Series 2034 (Oxford 2009) pp. 1-10.
  • “The Anatolian Iron Ages Conferences. A Tribute to Altan Çilingiroğlu,” in Studies in Honour of Altan Çilingiroğlu. A Life dedicated to Urartu, on the shores of the Upper Sea, ed.  Haluk Sağlamtimur et al. (Istanbul: Arkeoloji ve Sanat Yayınları 2009) pp. 61-64.
  • “Early Phrygian Sculpture: refining the chronology,” Ancient Near Eastern Studies 45 (2008) pp. 187-198.
  • “Goddess Myths,” Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, ed. Bonnie Smith (Oxford 2008), vol. 2, pp. 24-28.
  • “Phrygian Religion and Cult Practice,” Friglerin Gizemli Uygarlığı (The Mysterious Civilization of the Phrygians), ed. H. Sivas and T. T. Sivas (Istanbul 2007) pp. 141-147.
  • “Towards the Formation of a Phrygian Iconography in the Iron Age,” Anatolian Iron Ages 6. The Proceedings of the Sixth Anatolian Iron Ages Colloquium held at Eskişehir, 16-20 August 2004, ed. A. Çilingiroğlu and A. Sagona. Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Supplement 20 (Leuven 2007), pp. 207-223.
  •  "Midas and Phrygian Cult Practice,” in Manfred Hutter / Sylvia Hutter-Braunsar (ed.): Pluralismus und Wandel in den Religionen im vorhellenistischen Anatolien. Akten des religionsgeschichtlichen Symposiums in Bonn (19.-20. Mai 2005). Alter Orient und Altes Testament 337 (2006), pp. 123-135.
  • “The Priests of the Mother – Gender and Place,” Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Boston, August 23-26, 2003. Common Ground: Archaeology, Art, Science, and Humanities, ed. Carol C. Mattusch, A. A. Donohue, and Amy Brauer.  (Oxbow Books, Oxford 2006) pp. 52-55.
  • “A Phrygian Sculptural Identity?  Evidence from Early Phrygian Drawings in Iron Age Gordion,”Proceedings of the Fifth Anatolian Iron Ages Symposium. (British Institute of Archaeology, Ankara, 2005) pp. 125-130.
  • "Towards the Formation of a Phrygian Iconography in the Iron Age," Ancient Near East Studies, Supplement 20 (Leuven 2007), pp. 207-223. 
  • "Midas and Phrygian Cult Practice," in Manfred Hutter and Sylvia Hutter-Braunsar, eds., Pluralismus 
  • und Wandel in den Religionen im vorhellenistischen Anatolien. Alter Orient und Altes Testament, 337 (2006), pp. 123-135. 
  • "A Phrygian Sculptural Identity? Evidence from Early Phrygian Drawings in Iron Age Gordion," Proceedings of the Fifth Anatolian Iron Ages Symposium (British Institute of Archaeology, Ankara, 2005) 125-130 .
  • "The Mother Goddess between Thrace and Phrygia," Thracia 15 (Sofia 2003) 161-167.
  • "A Latin Epitaph from Gordion," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 141 (2002) 215-220; co-authored with Andrew Goldman. 
  • "The Anatolian Cult of Sabazios," Ancient Journeys: A Festschrift in Honor of Eugene Numa Lane, (c. 2002)
  • "The Phrygian Mother Goddess and her Thracian Connections," Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Thracology, ed. A. Fol (Sofia 2002) 683-694. 
  • "The Origin of Non-Greek Letters in the Phrygian Alphabet: the Evidence from Gordion," The Asia Minor Connexion, ed. Yoël Arbeitman. Orbis Supplementa 10 (2000): 195-204. 
  • "Early Phrygian Drawings from Gordion and the Elements of Phrygian Artistic Style," Anatolian Studies 49 (1999) 1-10. 


  • "Early Phrygian Drawings at Gordion and the Creation of a Phrygian Visual Identity," American Journal of Archaeology 106 (2002) 275.

Book Reviews 

  • Review of M. G. Lancelotti, Attis between Myth and History: King, Priest, and God (Brill 2001), in Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews 8.5 (2003). 
  • Review of Anatolian Votive Steles, by T. Drew-Bear, C. Thomas, and M. Yildizturan (Ankara 1999), in American Journal of Archaeology 105 (April 2001), 368-369.
  • Review of The Eye Expanded: Life and the Arts in Greco-Roman Antiquity, ed. F. Titchener and R. Moorton (Universityecent Publications)