September 16, 2022
AIA Corresponding Member Amanda Claridge passed away in May of this year at the age of 72. An expert on Rome and Roman sculpture, she’s well known for her Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, the first edition of which was published in 1998, with a second edition in 2010.
Claridge served as assistant director of the British School at Rome from 1980-1994. She taught at Princeton University, St. John’s College at the University of Oxford, and Royal Holloway at the University of London, and was known for her collegiality and generosity. She directed fieldwork at Vicus Augustanus in the Castelporziano estate of the president of Italy and was appointed as a Commendatore Order of Merit by the Republic of Italy in 1994.
Claridge was elected by Council as an AIA Corresponding Member in 2010. Corresponding Members are “distinguished scholars outside the United States and Canada who have attained acknowledged eminence in some branch of archaeology, or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of education, conservation and museums.” View the list of current AIA Corresponding Members.
Up until her death, she was working on her studies from the Vicus Augustanus project, publication research for the Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo, and a third edition of her guide to Rome. She is dearly missed by family, friends, and colleagues.
Read Amanda Claridge’s obituary written by fellow AIA Corresponding Member Janet DeLaine, Emeritus Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, published online by Cambridge University Press in the Papers of the British School at Rome.
Photo of Amanda Claridge at the crater of Vesuvius in Italy. Courtesy of Boris Rankov. Copyright © British School at Rome 2022.