Dr. Senta German

About Dr. Senta German

Dr. Senta German is an associate professor, department of Classics and Humanities, at Montclair University. She was at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, and took her Ph.D. at Columbia University in Aegean, Greek, and Ancient Near Eastern archaeology and art. She explores the intersection of art and ancient Greek society with specific attention to performance, gender and the impacts of the illicit antiquities trade and forgery. She has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Rutgers University.

There aren’t many places in the world like Knossos—after all, it is 9,000 years old.


The era of repatriations has finally come. The work is slow and uneven and there are countless objects yet to return home, but repatriations are now occurring at a rate never before seen.

Repatriating artworks

Octopus vase from Palaikastro
This vase with a charming image of a writhing octopus was made during the height of the Minoan sea trade.

Octopus vase