Friends and Colleagues Remember Greenie – C. Brian Rose

I first met Greenie when I was a very young and callow graduate student. I walked up to the gates of Sardis, which Greenie opened, and asked what new discoveries had been made. I hadn’t written in advance that I was coming; I had just begun graduate school; and Greenie had never met me before. Many, perhaps most excavations directors would have politely but firmly closed the door after delivering a lecture in propriety. But Greenie, to my surprise, treated me as a senior scholar in the field; he took me on a 2 hour tour of the site followed by an overview of the material in the depots. It is this unusual altruism that has marked Greenie’s career at Sardis, as well as his contributions to archaeology in Turkey. Many of the major publications dealing with Anatolian archaeology were skillfully guided by Greenie’s hand. You won’t often find tangible evidence of the extent of that guidance in the publications themselves, because Greenie never allowed the full acknowledgement of his contributions to a book or article to appear. But he contributed years of his life to editing, supplementing, and improving the manuscripts that all of us were writing. In other words, we were able to mature as scholars because he was willing to use the enormous breadth of his knowledge and vision to bring our scholarship to a level that it would otherwise not have reached. And he would often put aside his own work in order to do it. This kind of intellectual altruism is difficult to find, and you see the imprint of it on every excavation in Turkey, where the mere mention of Greenie’s name will cause the entire team to smile.


Dr. C. Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania; Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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