Daniel Healey, a Ph.D. candidate in classical art and archaeology, is interested in the intersections between the religions and material cultures of the ancient world. He graduated from the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2012, after completing his honors thesis on the Temple of Isis at Pompeii. The project, “Isis Worship and Roman Identity,” investigated the influences of Greek and Egyptian cultic practices on Roman Isis worship and sought to locate the constituency of Pompeii’s cult within the social fabric of a 1st-century Roman town. He participated in the 2012 field season of the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project, an ongoing archaeological project which seeks to better understand the architecture and ancient usages of one of Pompeii’s largest and heretofore least-studied monuments.
Daniel’s broad research interests include visual representation of myth across a range of artistic media; the relationship between images and ideology in the Roman Empire; and Greco-Roman reception of the belief systems and visual practices of other ancient cultures.