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Department of Classics


This August Jack Davis, Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology, and Shari Stocker, his wife and also a member of the Department of Classics, travelled to the Antipodes as guests of the Australian Archaeological Institute in Athens, Greece, and at the invitation of its director, Professor Alexander Cambitoglou, director of the AAIA. Professor Sir John Boardman of Oxford University was first to travel to Australia at the invitation of the AAIA, now 21 years ago.


with Professor Alexander Cambitoglou, Director of the AAIA

Davis reports: "We saw graduates of the Department of Classics at UC 'Down Under.' Professor Ian McPhee, Ph.D. 1976, and his wife, Professor Betsy Pemberton, showed us the wonderful Trendall Centre for the study of ancient Greek vase-painting at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, which Ian continues to direct after his retirement last year. Professor Blanche Menadier, Ph.D. 1994, welcomed us to Macquarie University in Sydney, where she teaches and serves as an administrator. Her husband Professor Ken Sheedy teaches there too and is curator of the University's particularly fine collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins.

with Betsy Pemberton and Ian McPhee
with Ken Sheedy and Blanche Menadier

Jack and Shari were also entertained by alumni of the department's highly successful Tytus Fellowship Program: Professor Graeme Clarke in Canberra and Professor John Melville Jones in Perth.

Jack delivered thirty lectures in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle, Armidale, Hobart, Adelaide, and Perth. For the most part, these concerned archaeological research sponsored by the Department of Classics in Greece at the Bronze Age Palace of Nestor in Pylos and in Albania at the ancient Greek colony of Apollonia.

In Canberra, Ambassador Alexis and Mrs. Tenia Christopoulos of Greece invited us to their residence. In Hobart the Greek honorary consul, Alexis Pittas, treated us to lunch at the Tasmanian Parliament.

Shari and I are extremely grateful to all who were involved in organizing our trip. Our visit to Oz was an excellent opportunity for us to strengthen UC's relations with a broader international academic community. We only hope that our new friends in Australia enjoyed our visit half as much as we did.

Hear a radio interview with Jack on the Australian Broadcasting Company.