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Carl Blegen accepting the AIA Gold Medal, 1965
Image courtesy of the ASCSA

In 1965 Carl Blegen was awarded the first Gold Medal for archaeological achievement by the Archaeological Institute of America. He was not available to go to the US in December to receive the award, but it was presented to him at the home of the American Ambassador to Greece in Athens the following year. 

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens has digitized the audio of that presentation and we present the short audio here. This same audio was played during the William P. Donovan lecture hosted here in Cincinnati in November.

On November 4 the Department of Classics hosted a conversation with alumnus William P. Donovan. Donovan is a retired professor from Macalester College who spoke about his work during the Blegen excavations of the Palace of Nestor in Pylos in the 1950’s and 1960’s. 

Donovan touched on many issues during his talk. He discussed  the differences in excavation methodology that have occurred over the years, he reminisced about Carl Blegen, and he told us about the early history of this department. His talk includes an audio tape recording from Blegen himself, recorded as he was the first Gold Medal for archaeological achievement from the Archaeological Institute of America.

You can watch the video of the talk below.

You can hear the Blegen audio here.


UC Classics is hiring!

Assistant Professor of Classics (Archaeology)

University of Cincinnati

The Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure-track position in Archaeology at the level of Assistant Professor of Classics, to begin in the fall of 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. Candidates should be able to teach Greek and/ or Roman archaeology, Classical Civilization, and either Ancient Greek or Latin language and literature, and should demonstrate high scholarly potential. Candidates should have an interdisciplinary specialization in the archaeology, socio-cultural history, and economic history of the Iron Age Mediterranean. A Ph.D. in Classics or a related field is required for appointment.

The department offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Classics and has recently expanded to 15 full-time faculty lines, including ancient historians, archaeologists, and philologists. The graduate program is one of the largest in the country, with over 30 students in residence. The Department is housed as a single unit with offices, classrooms, lecture halls, and library occupying adjoining floors. The John M. Burnam Classical Library contains the largest Classics, Byzantine, and Modern Greek collection in the world. Full information about the department is available at

Faculty are expected to make significant contributions to knowledge through research and publication, to teach undergraduate and graduate courses with excellence, and to fulfill reasonable service obligations to the scholarly and local communities.

Candidates should register for the position online at (Position Number: 213UC6188) and attach a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a writing sample; candidates should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Preliminary inquiries can be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Steven Ellis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The committee will review applications starting November 15, 2013. Where possible, we will conduct preliminary interviews at the annual meeting of the AIA/APA in Chicago, IL, January 2-5, 2014. The University of Cincinnati is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Internal Number: 213UC6188


Eleni Hatzaki has been awarded a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship for the academic year 2013-14. This prestigious Fellowship is supported by the income from sales of books in the Loeb Classical Library, the ubiquitous small green and red volumes with ancient text on one page, English translation on the opposite. The Fellowship will provide academic leave for completing the primary publication of Eleni’s current fieldwork project (Little Palace North), an excavation at the famous Bronze Age site of Knossos on Crete, Greece.

Her study aims to enhance our understanding of urban activities at Minoan Knossos. The project focuses on the area north of the Little Palace, the largest elite building so far excavated at the site other than the Palace, located in the public-elite core of the Late Bronze Age (1600-1100 B.C.) town. By testing new against older excavations conducted in the 1900s by British Archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, and in the 1970s by Mervyn Popham (Eleni’s Oxford DPhil supervisor, who taught at UC Classics in the early 1970s), this project aims to define how the space around the Little Palace was used and by whom. New excavations occurred in 2001 and 2002, and produced 3 tons of fragmentary pottery excavated in over 450 stratigraphical units associated with 6 successive architectural phases. Although Eleni has been studying the finds since the end of the excavation (together with an international team of specialists), the Loeb Fellowship will give her much needed time to bring it all together.

The results of this project will provide new information about the development of the prehistoric town of Knossos. The old and new evidence together show that the urban landscape of Knossos underwent various drastic changes between 1600-1100 B.C., which contradicts the prevailing view first proposed by Sir Arthur Evans of an unaltered urban layout for the duration of Late Bronze Age Knossos. Since Evans’ view of limited change at urban Knossos provided a model for understanding contemporary sites in Crete, the results from Eleni’s study prompt a re-examination of urban development in other Cretan settlements with long and complex occupation sequences.

In addition to the Loeb Foundation, the project is funded by the Louise Taft Semple Fund through the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, and runs under the aegis of the British School at Athens with the permission of the Greek Ministry of Culture. Publication is planned in a series of peer-reviewed articles.

UC Classics faculty have a long history with the Loeb Classical Libary Foundation and have won five of these fellowships in the last decade.


Valerie Hotchkiss, a 1982 B.A. in Classics, has been selected as one of the two recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award given by the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. The ceremony will be held on April 12 at Music Hall.

Professor Hotchkiss attended the University of Cincinnati as a scholarship student, supported by the Louise Taft Semple Scholarship for the study of Classical Languages (1979-82). She holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale and serves as the head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has written several books on topics relating to religious studies and books, including: Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe(1996/2000); Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition (with Jaroslav Pelikan, 2003); English in Print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton (2008) and Miracle within a Miracle: Johannes Reuchlin and the Jewish Book Controversy(2011, with David Price).

Valerie is a proud Cincinnati native, always quick to describe its charms or recount its history to anyone who will listen. She and her husband David Price (UC  B.A. and M.A.) collect 19th and early 20th-century Cincinnati art and have a growing collection of books on Cincinnati as well.  They are also instilling a love of Cincinnati in their Texas-born son, Samuel, by visiting the Queen City as often as they can.

It has been difficult to keep up with the awards that are streaming in for our undergraduate and graduate students so here they are collected:

  • Bill Weir has won a Fulbright to Cyprus
  • Alexandros Laftsidis has won a University Research Council grant for his summer research at the site of Mochlos
  • Chris Cloke has won a prestigious Dissertation Completion Award from the Graduate School. Only five are awarded each year, and the competition is university-wide. This is the department's third in the five years of award's existence.
  • Amanda Pavlick is this year's recipient of the Rawson award for a project in Italy
  • Amanda Pavlick again, who has been accepted to the BSA Fitch laboratory's Petrology Workshop
  • Andrew Connor is this year's recipient of the Boulter award for a project in the US
  • Michelle Martinez won FIRST PLACE in the 2013 national Eta Sigma Phi competition in Latin Prose Composition.
  • Michelle has also been appointed to the national steering committee to organize the 100th anniversary of Eta Sigma Phi, in Chicago in April 2014. Her Certamen team also came in second, nationally.

The Department of Classics in 2013 expanded its infrastructure considerably when it completed the remodeling of a suite of rooms that had previously belonged to the Classics library. 

This magnificent area now provides the department with much needed work space for archaeological projects and archival storage as well as offices, a home for our collection of glass slides, headquarters for the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, a laboratory for the Pylos excavations, and a new conference and meeting room. 

In early March the complex was inaugurated with a reception in honor of emerita professor Gisela Walberg, at which a display of posters describing her research at the Bronze Age center of Midea in the Argolid was exhibited. 


Gisela Walberg with one of the Dirt on Midea displays


The main workroom filled


The main workroom waiting


The new Conference Room

Our Alumni are getting more tenure track positions.

Dan Osland (2011) in the Department of Classics at Otago University (New Zealand)

Sean O'Neill (2011) at Hanover College in Indiana