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    Ruth Kolarik

    Ruth Kolarik


    Ruth Kolarik teaches survey courses in the history of architecture and garden design  that combine historical perspectives with discussions of crucial issues in contemporary architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism.    She also advises students interested in pursuing careers in architecture.   Her upper-level classes in ancient and medieval art history include Greece and Rome, The Age of Constantine, Late Antiquity, Byzantine Art and Islamic Art.  

    Her scholarly research focuses on the art and architecture of Late Antiquity,  the period from 200 to 600 CE that saw the end of classical culture and the establishment of Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire.   She is interested in how the built environment and the visual arts were adapted to the changing  political, cultural and religious realities particularly in the Balkan Peninsula, a region that played a pivotal role in this period.   As an archaeologist at the ancient  city of Stobi in (the Former Yugoslav Republic of) Macedonia, she studied  the mosaic floors that decorated residences, a synagogue and churches.    Her publications center on the late antique and early Byzantine floor mosaics as well as early Christian architecture from the Balkan Peninsula and Greece.  In more recent years she has researched the monuments of Turkey as well as the revival of late antique mosaics in nineteenth-century France.     

    Fields: Ancient, Medieval Art History

    Area of Specialization

    The art and architecture of late antiquity, archaeology of the late antique city of Stobi in (the Former Yugoslav Republic of) Macedonia, most notably the mosaic floors. Research and publications center on late antique and early Byzantine floor mosaics from Greece and the Balkan Peninsula.



    Introductory surveys of art history and architecture as well as upper division classes in ancient and medieval art. Recent courses in other areas such as American Architecture, Art and the Landscape, and Visual Culture.

    Activities & Interests

    Selected Publications

    "Seasonal Animals in the Narthex Mosaic of the Large Basilica at Heraclea Lyncestis," Tenth International Conference of the Association International pour l' Etude de la Mosaïque Antique Coimbra, Portugal (in press).

    “Sixth-Century Bishops as Patrons of Floor Mosaics in the Balkan Peninsula,” IXe Colloque international pour l‘Etude de la Mosaïque antique et médiévale, Rome, 2001, 1255-1267.

    "Tetrarchic Floor Mosaics in the Balkans," La Mosaïque gréco-romaine IV, (Paris, 1994) 171-183.

    "Mosaics of the Early Church at Stobi," Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 41 (1987), 295-306.

    "The Floor Mosaics of Eastern Illyricum: The Northern Regions," Actes du Xe Congrès International d'Archéologie Chrétienne I, (Thessaloniki and Vatican City, 1984), 445-479.

    "The Episcopal Basilica at Stobi: The Phases of Mosaic Decoration," Studies in the Antiquities of Stobi III, (Titov Veles, Yugoslavia, 1981), 61-80.

    "Some Technical Aspects of Stobi Mosaics," (with M. Petrovski), Studies in the Antiquities of Stobi, II, (Belgrade, 1975), 80-112.

    Regular Classes


    • AH202 – Art & the Landscape


      • B.A. University of Kansas 1969
      • M.A University of Kansas 1970
      • Ph.D. Harvard University 1982