Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics


This past summer, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the J.F. Costopoulos Foundation held a colloquium in Athens honoring Carl and Elizabeth Blegen. 

Carl Blegen was not just a member of this deparment from 1927 to 1957 (and as Head from 1951-1957), but was also an active participant in the modern history of Greece. He enlisted with the American Red Cross in 1918 and worked in Eastern Macedonia and aided with the repatriation of Greek refugees from Bulgaria. He was decorated by King Alexander of Greece for these efforts.

The Blegen's lived in Athens at Ploutarchou 9, which is now home to the J.F. Costopoulos Foundation.

The various speakers at the colloquium spoke about lesser known aspects of the couple's life and work in Greece and in prehistoric archaeology. 

More information can be found here and a videocast of the colloquium is presented here.