Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2015

4 February 2015

Carl W. Blegen. Personal and Archaeological Narratives

Edited by Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, Jack L. Davis & Vasiliki Florou

Carl W. Blegen. Personal and Archaeological Narratives

City: Atlanta

Year: 2015

Publisher: Lockwood Press

Description: Hardback, 252 p., 80 illustrations, 22,8x15,2 cm


Carl W. Blegen is the most famous American archaeologist ever to work in Greece, and no American has ever had a greater impact on Greek archaeology. Yet Blegen, unlike several others of his generation, has until now found no biographer. In part, the explanation or this must lie in the fact that his life was so multifaceted: not only was he instrumental in creating the field of Aegean prehistory, but Blegen, his wife, and their best friends, the Hills (“the family”) were also significant forces in the social and intellectual community of Athens. Authors who have contributed to this book have each researched one aspect of Blegen’s life, drawing on copious documentation in the United States, England, and Greece. The result is a nontraditional biography that sets Blegen and his closest colleagues in the social and academic milieu that gave rise to the discipline of classical archaeology in Greece.


Illustrations [vii]

Jack L. Davis & Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, “On his feet and ready to dig”: Carl William Blegen [1-15]

Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, The life of Carl W. Blegen from a grass roots perspective [17-38]

Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst, From the mud of Peirene to mastering stratigraphy: Carl Blegen in the Corinthia and Argolid [39-61]

Yannis Fappas, The “govs” of Mycenaean archaeology: The friendship and collaboration of Carl W. Blegen and Alan J. B. Wace as seen through their correspondence [63-84]

Robert Pounder, The Blegens and the Hills: A family affair [85-98]

Yannis Galanakis, “Islanders vs. Mainlanders,” “The Mycenae Wars,” and other short stories: An archival visit to an old debate [99-120]

Vasiliki Florou, The house at 9 Ploutarchou Street: A grape arbor and a dense shadow of beautiful meetings [121-145]

Elizabeth W. French, Και εἰς ἀνώτερα: The govs in the 1930s [147-156]

Brian Rose, Carl Blegen and Troy [157-176]

Nektarios Karadimas, “His eyes took on a far away look when he spoke of Pylos”: Carl Blegen and the excavations at the Palace of Nestor as seen in the Greek and foreign press [177-207]

Jack L. Davis, Blegen and the Palace of Nestor: What took so long? [209-229]

Contributors [231]

Index [233]


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