June 11, 2009
Vol. 28 No. 18

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    Classical archaeologist to receive honorary degree

    Anthony Snodgrass

    The University will confer an honorary degree on Anthony Snodgrass, in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of classical archaeology, at Session II of the University’s Friday, June 12 Convocation.

    Snodgrass, the Laurence professor emeritus of classical archaeology in the faculty of classics at the University of Cambridge, and fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

    Snodgrass has significantly transformed the field of classical archaeology over the past four decades. With his deep knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman literature, he is the architect of a new, self-critical synthesis of between classical archaeology and ancient history that embraces theoretical developments in anthropological archaeology.

    He has helped pioneer techniques in intensive archaeological field survey, which have revealed important issues concerning settlement patterns, land use and the rural landscape of Greece neglected by earlier generations of archaeologists.

    Jonathan Hall, the Phyllis F. Horton Professor in Humanities, and Professor and Chair of Classics and Professor in History, will introduce Snodgrass at the Convocation.