by Jack L. Davis and Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, eds.
American School of Classical Studies at Athens (April 2013)
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of a special, standalone theme issue of Hesperia guest-edited by Jack L. Davis and Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan entitled Philhellenism, Philanthropy, or Political Convenience? American Archaeology in Greece.
Since the 19th century, special schools of archaeology have been chartered by the Greek state to represent foreign national interests in Greece. These "foreign schools" have dominated the field of Classical archaeology by controlling concessions for excavation at renowned sites such as Olympia, Delphi, Delos, Samos, Knossos, Corinth, the Kerameikos, and the Agora of Athens. The largest and most elaborate of the foreign schools is the American School of Classical Studies. Founded in 1881, the American School has weathered war and economic depression. Its relationship with the Greek state and the Greek archaeological establishment has been ambivalent, and it has been a target for anti-American attacks. As a private institution it claims political neutrality but has exercised political power to its advantage. Yet, at the same time, its staff and members have demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to Greece and to its people in times of need.
The papers contributed to this special issue of Hesperia by a distinguished group of archaeologists, historians, and sociologists explore a complex web of relationships between political maneuvering, public service, and educational objectives. In sum they constitute a case study of one of America's most important overseas non-governmental institutions. This unique critical history will be of interest to all who are interested in the practice of archaeology by superpowers in Classical lands, or in the role played by philanthropy in projects of nationalism.
To purchase, email Andrew Reinhard, Director of Publications for the ASCSA. Print and PDF editions are available either singly or bundled.
Jack L. Davis and Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan
Introduction: Philhellenism, Philanthropy, or Political Convenience?
Jack L. Davis
The American School of Classical Studies and the Politics of Volunteerism
“Adjuster and Negotiator”: Bert Hodge Hill and the Greek Refugee Crisis, 1918–1928
David W. Rupp
Mutually Antagonistic Philhellenes: Edward Capps and Bert Hodge Hill at the American School of Classical Studies and Athens College
Betsey A. Robinson
Hydraulic Euergetism: American Archaeology and Waterworks in Early-20th-Century Greece
The Carnegie Appropriations to the American School of Classical Studies: Gifts Wrapped Up in Successful Social Networking
Double Colonization: The Story of the Excavations of the Athenian Agora (1924–1931)
Soldiers of Science—Agents of Culture: American Archaeologists in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS)
“A Debt to Ancient Wisdom and Beauty”: The Reconstruction of the Stoa of Attalos in the Ancient Agora of Athens