Nathan Arrington specializes in Greek art and archaeology. He is currently working on a book about the war-dead in 5th-century Athens, examining the place of military casualties in the city’s physical, artistic, and cognitive landscapes; the construction of a public visual rhetoric of struggle and sacrifice; and the refraction of this ideal in private art. This project reveals how the spaces of the Athenian public cemetery, the Agora, the Akropolis, and private symposia vessels created referential frames and constructed cultural memory. Other research interests include: the Athenian casualty lists, architectural sculpture and sacred space, and ceramics.
Arrington received an A.B. summa cum laude in Art and Archaeology from Princeton, an M.Phil. in Classics from the University of Cambridge, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received fellowships from the Gates Cambridge Trust and the Fulbright Foundation.
Arrington has excavated in Russia, Israel, Cyprus, and mainland Greece, and currently leads a Princeton team to the excavations at the panhellenic sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea, where work focuses on the Bronze Age and Archaic periods.