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272 pages

43 illustrated plates, 28 in colour

Published Jul 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology

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Paperback: 9781789693430

Digital: 9781789693447

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Keywords
Autobiography; Classical Art; Scholarship; Greece; Cambridge; Oxford; Archaeology

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Sir John Boardman is one of the foremost experts on ancient Greek art. His autobiography offers a mixture of scholarly reminiscence, reflection on family life, travelogue, and critique of classical scholarship worldwide. Illustrated with pictures of travels, friends and home life, it reflects on his experiences of more than 90 years.

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Contents

A Note to the Reader;

PART I;
Starters;
Family and friends;
Home;
Redbridge School;
Chigwell School: the War;
A Return to Chigwell and Ilford;
Cambridge: Magdalene College;
Greece I (1948-50);
Excavation I – Smyrna/Izmir Bayrakli;
Return to Britain 1950;
The Army – Marriage;
Greece II (1952-5);
Excavation II;
Oxford, an Academic Career;
Living in Oxford;
Excavation III – Tocra;
The United States;
Homes: the Cottage, Woodstock;
Other Travelling;
Dreams;
Films and TV;
On Health and Old Age;
Cars;
Julia and Mark, the Wider Family;
Ninety+;

PART II: BOOKS AND ACADEMIA;
Starting to Write Books;
Oxford and Cambridge;
Books;
Dealers;
Pupils;
Conferences Overseas;
Friends and Families;
The Parthenon;
Memberships;
Glittering Prizes;
Money;
Religion;
Poetry;

PART III: GEMS, BOB AND CLAUDIA;
Gems;
Afterword;
Bibliography;
Index of People;
Index of Places

About the Author

Sir John Boardman is one of the foremost experts on ancient Greek art. Having served as Assistant Director of the British School at Athens (1952-1955), he was Assistant Keeper at the Ashmolean Museum and later Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art at the University of Oxford (1978-1994). He continues to work in Oxford, at the Classical Art Research Centre, where he is mainly preoccupied with the study of ancient gems.

Reviews

'Few who have investigated the world of classical archaeology over the past 60 years can have failed to benefit from consulting John Boardman’s many and varied publications. His central position continues to be paramount, and in this book we have his spirited account of his career, the researches he has carried out, the travels he has undertaken, and the home life and friendships he has enjoyed over the past 90 years.'

How John managed any teaching is amazing, given his travel accounts. Numerous and fascinating, whether undertaken for research or for pleasure (e.g., the Swan Hellenic Cruises), they cover most of Asia, part of the Near East and Africa, a great deal of Australia as well as Europe, and even the New World (Mexico), many of them revealing his ever expanding interest in the Greeks overseas and their (even if remote) influence on others’ arts and cultures, some as remote as India and China.

Archaeopress has established a series on the lives of archaeologists, many of them like a recent study by David Gill of Dr John Disney who was the benefactor of the Disney Chair of Archaeology at Cambridge in the nineteenth century, long dead. In the case of the current volume we are given a lively and often entertaining account of a life, both personal and professional, by a lively and much-loved archaeologist, still active in his nineties.

This book is a must for anyone interested in the ancient world and represents a unique chronicle of an extraordinary scholar.