Thompson, Homer Armstrong


Thompson, Homer Armstrong
▪ 2001

      Canadian-born American archaeologist (b. Sept. 7, 1906, Devlin, Ont.—d. May 7, 2000, Hightstown, N.J.), as acting deputy (1931–47) and field director (1947–67) of the American excavation of the Agora, the civic centre of ancient Athens, conducted painstaking and laborious research to unearth the site and restore its landscaping with plants used in ancient gardens. After studying the classics and earning an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia, Thompson completed graduate studies at the University of Michigan, where Benjamin Dean Merritt introduced him to the Agora project. In addition, Thompson unearthed the Pnyx, the meeting site of the Athenian assembly; reconstructed the Stoa of Attalus, a huge colonnade situated on the east side of the area; and wrote a definitive work on the tholos, which served as a dining hall for the Athenian Senate. From 1947 to 1977 he was professor of classical archaeology at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.

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