David Castriota received his B.A. from New York University, and his M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has a special interest in Greek art of the classical and Hellenistic periods, Roman art of the late republic and early empire, and the art of prehistoric Europe. Castriota is the author of Myth, Ethos, and Actuality: Official Art in Fifth-Century B.C. Athens, The Ara Pacis Augustae and the Imagery of Abundance in Later Greek and Early Roman Imperial Art, and a critical commentary on Alois Riegl’s Problems of Style: Foundations for a History of Ornament. He is the editor of Artistic Strategy and the Rhetoric of Power: Political Uses of Art from Antiquity to the Present. Castriota has been the recipient of fellowships from the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Early Christian and Byzantine Art and the Society of Fellows of Columbia University, as well as of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society.