AIA Lecturer/Host: Barbara Tsakirgis
Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Barbara Tsakirgis (Ph.D., Princeton) is a classical archaeologist who has excavated in Greece and Italy, at the sites of Corinth, Morgantina, and La Befa. She has also been conducting research at the Athenian Agora since 1993, studying ancient houses in central Athens. Professor Tsakirgis’ publications include a book and articles on the domestic architecture, excavations, and pavement mosaics at Morgantina; and articles on the Etruscans and ancient Greek houses; including a number of articles for the Archaeological Institute of America’s American Journal of Archaeology. She is Associate Professor of Classics and Art History and Chair of the Department of Classical Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she has been teaching for more than twenty years. She has also served on the Boards of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Nashville Parthenon.
Professor Tsakirgis is the recipient of a number of research grants and is a frequent lecturer on ancient Greece and Sicily, including several previous study tours through the central and eastern Mediterranean. Two of these were AIA-sponsored voyages, around Sicily and tracing the path of Alexander the Great, on which she received excellent reviews. Professor Tsakirgis is very enthusiastic about the addition of the value-priced tours to the AIA Tours schedule, saying "The value tours allow us to bring the great monuments of antiquity to more AIA travelers. I am also excited that the destinations are as rich and varied as any the AIA has offered on higher-priced trips. North Africa played an important role in both Greek and Roman history, and we will have the opportunity to visit marvelous sites with outstanding architecture on this voyage."