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Carl W. Blegen
Personal and Archaeological Narratives

Edited by Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, Jack L. Davis and Vasiliki Florou

Carl W. Blegen
Hardback, 252 pages £29.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9781937040222
Format: 235mm x 156mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Biography, Lockwood Press

Carl Blegen is the most famous American archaeologist ever to work in Greece, and no American has ever had a greater impact on Greek archaeology. Yet Blegen, unlike several others of his generation, has found no biographer. In part, the explanation for this must lie in the fact that his life was so multifaceted: not only was he instrumental in creating the field of Aegean prehistory, but Blegen, his wife and their best friends, the Hills ('the family'), were also significant forces in the social and intellectual community of Athens. Authors who have contributed to this book have each researched one aspect of Blegen's life, drawing on copious documentation in the United States, England and Greece. The result is a biography that sets Blegen and his closest colleagues in the social and academic milieu that gave rise to the discipline of classical archaeology in Greece.


"On His Feet and Ready to Dig": Carl Willaim Blegen   Jack L. Davis and Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan

The Life of Carl W. Blegen from a Grass Roots Perspective   Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan

From the Mud of Peirene to Mastering Stratigraphy: Carl Blegen in the Corinthia and Argolid   Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst

Tge "Govs" of Mycenaean Archaeology: The Friendship and Collaboration of Carl W. Blegen and Alan J.B. Wace as Seen through Their Correspondence   Yannis Fappas

The Blegens and the Hills: A Family Affair   Robert L. Pounder

"Islanders vs. Mainlanders", "The Mycenae Wars", and Other Short Stories: An Archival Visit to an Old Debate   Yannis Galanakis

The House at 9 Ploutarchou Street: A Grape Arbor and a Dense Shadow of Beautiful Meetings   Vasiliki Florou

Και ε?ς ?ν?τερα: The Govs in the 1930s   Elizabeth W. French

Carl Blegen and Troy   Brian Rose

"His Eyes Took on a Far Away Look When he Spoke of Pylos": Carl Blegen and the Excavations at the Palace of Nestor as Seen in the Greek and Foreign Press   Nektarios Karadimas

Blegen and the Palace of Nestor: What Took So Long?   Jack L. DAvis



‘Effectively illustrated with photographs and drawings, this book illuminates the interpersonal and professional relationships of Blegen and his associates and provides insights important for both students and scholars.’
Mary C. Sturgeon, American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 121, No. 4 (October 2017)

‘This handsome volume [offers] many pleasures that normal biographies rarely provide. For one thing its generous illustrations include facsimiles of correspondence and reproductions of Piet de Jong's wonderful cartoons of famous Aegean scholars (one of these forming the cover of the book). [...]The main service provided by this book is to remind us all that real advances in our understanding of the ancient world are always, to a greater or lesser extent, archaeological; that archaeological fieldwork requires determination, application, cultural sensitivity and a skill set (in excavation and stratigraphy) that few classicists possess.’
James Whitley, Cardiff University, Journal of Hellenic Studies

'The contributions...[include] praise, some light-duty prosopography linking Blegen and friends to their equally distinguished peers (and occasionally to students), some veiled references to Blegen household arrangements (and equally broad assurances), and enough references to intrigue Blegenophiles and historians of American archaeology alike.' (Bill Caraher, The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, March 11, 2015)

Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan is Doreen Canaday Spitzer Archivist at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Jack L. Davis is Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology at the University of Cincinnati.

Vasiliki Florou is Administrative Officer at the General Management of Alpha Bank.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 252 pages
 235mm x 156mm

BIC Code:
  BIO006000, BIO008000, BIO010000, SOC003000
 Lockwood Press


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