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Thomas Moran  (1837-1926)
Fort George Island, Florida, 1892-1895

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Sarah E. Cox, Ph.D.
Sarah E. Cox fell in love with classical antiquity in high school and has devoted herself ever since to its study and appreciation, including over fifteen years of experience in the antiquities market.

A North Carolina native, Dr. Cox graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Classics.  After spending the ensuing summer at the American Academy in Rome, she moved to New York City.  Inspired to continue her studies by her experience in Rome and subsequent travels elsewhere in Italy and Greece, she joined the Classical Studies graduate program at Columbia University, ultimately receiving an M.A. in Art History as well as an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Classical Studies. While pursuing her graduate degrees, she taught classes in Columbia's Art History and Classics Departments.

Dr. Cox was introduced to ancient numismatics by the summer seminar at the American Numismatic Society, the pre-eminent American numismatic institution, which later twice awarded her its Schwartz Fellowship and has invited her to speak to later seminars.  One of these talks, on how Renaissance humanists used architectural coin types to create maps of ancient Rome, has led to an on-going investigation of the 16th century handwritten numismatic notebooks of Pirro Ligorio archived in Naples and Turin.

Dr. Cox has presented papers at numerous conferences in the United States and abroad; the papers, many of which have been published, concerned mainly early Roman imperial coins of the Julio-Claudian and Flavian periods but also Roman mosaics and Flavian ideology.  She wrote the Roman coin entries in the forthcoming catalogue of the Fordham University art collection and has translated various book chapters originally in French for Oxford University Press and the Central Bank of Tunisia.

For the past fifteen years Dr. Cox has been engaged in the commercial art market, working as an employee and free-lance for New York dealers, researching, cataloguing, consulting, and assisting at art fairs.  Building on her scholarly background, Dr. Cox has enjoyed this opportunity for "hands on" experience with a broad array of ancient artifacts, literally thousands of objects, ranging in time from the Neolithic to Byzantine periods, and in culture from Greek and Roman to the ancient civilizations of the Near East, Anatolia, and South Arabia.