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Penn classicist to present 2014 Classical World Lecture

February 24, 2014
C. Brian Rose, University of Pennsylvania
C. Brian Rose

“Troy Through the Ages” is the title of Skidmore’s 2014 Classical World Lecture, to be given by C. Brian Rose of the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, Feb. 27. Free and open to the public, the talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall.

Skidmore's Classics Department is sponsor of the lecture.

Rose is the James B. Pritchard Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology in Penn’s Department of Classical Studies, curator-in-charge of Mediterranean Section of the university’s museum, and head of Post-Bronze Age Excavations at Troy. From 1987 to 2005 he taught in the Classics Department at the University of Cincinnati, serving as head of the department from 2002 to 2005, and as Cedric Boulter Professor of Classical Archaeology. He was deputy director of the Penn Museum between 2008 and 2011.

He received a B.A. from Haverford College in 1978, and  M. A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1987. Since 1988 he has been Head of Post-Bronze Age excavations at Troy, in northwestern Turkey, and English language editor of Studia Troica, the annual journal of the Troy excavations, of which 19 volumes have appeared. He has recently completed the final publication of the architecture and architectural decoration of the Roman houses at Troy, as well as the final publication of the Temple of Athena. His synthetic overview of the Troy excavations, The Archaeology of Greek and Roman Troy, was just published by Cambridge University Press.

Between 2003 and 2007 Rose directed the Granicus River Valley Survey Project, which focused on recording and mapping the Graeco-Persian tombs that dominate northwestern Turkey. He is co-director of the Gordion Excavation Project in central Turkey, where the University of Pennsylvania has been conducting fieldwork since the 1950's. He recently edited two new Gordion monographs, The New Chronology of Iron Age Gordion, and The Archaeology of Phrygian Gordion, published by the University Museum Press in 2011 and 2012. His research has also concentrated on the political and artistic relationship between Rome and the provinces (Dynastic Commemoration and Imperial Portraiture in the Julio-Claudian Period, Cambridge University Press, 1997).

He is a member of the board of directors of the American Research Institute in Turkey, a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, and a member of the board of directors of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Between 1994 and 2000 he was an academic trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America, then first vice president (2002-2006), and president (2007-2011).

He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome, the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Research Institute in Turkey, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In 1994 he received the Max Planck Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, awarded to him and his collaborator, Manfred Korfmann of the University of Tübingen. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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