Marden Fitzpatrick Nichols


Assistant Professor


Department of Classics
General profile


Professor Nichols is on leave for the academic year 2016-2017 as the Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow at the Clark Art Institute and Williams College.

Marden Nichols' research focuses on the literature, art, and archaeology of ancient Rome. Her first book, Author and Audience in Vitruvius' De architectura, will be published by Cambridge University Press in September 2017. She is currently at work on a second monograph, which traces interconnections between painting and theater in ancient Rome.

She has held research fellowships at the British School at Rome (2008-2009), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009-2010), and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art (2010-2011). From 2011-2014, she was Assistant Curator of Ancient Art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, where she oversaw the collections of ancient Greek, Roman, Near Eastern, and Egyptian art and curated an international loan exhibition about the interpretation of the Book of the Faiyum, a papyrus from Graeco-Roman Egypt. She received her PhD in Classics from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, where she was a Marshall Scholar.


  • Ph.D. (2009) University of Cambridge, Classics
  • M.Phil. (2005) University of Cambridge, Archaeology
  • A.B. (2004) Stanford University, Classics
  • M.A. (2004) Stanford University, Humanities