Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Thompson, Homer

  • Daniel P. Diffendale
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_933

Basic Biographical Information

Homer Thompson (1906–2000) is best known for his formative contribution to the excavation of the civic center of ancient Athens. He was born in Ontario and raised in British Columbia, the son of classically minded parents. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Classics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in 1925 and 1927, respectively, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1929. That same year he collaborated with the Greek archaeologist Konstantinos Kourouniotes on an investigation of the Athenian Pnyx. On the recommendation of Benjamin Dean Meritt, Thompson was appointed one of the first two fellows of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens’ excavations in the Athenian Agora, in 1931. At the Agora he met and married another fellow, Dorothy Burr, a prominent archaeologist in her own right.

Major Accomplishments

From 1933 to 1947 Thompson held the position of Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of...

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Further Reading

  1. Bibliography of Homer Thompson. 1982. Hesperia Supplements, Volume 20: Studies in Athenian architecture, sculpture and topography presented to Homer A. Thompson: vii-xii.Google Scholar
  2. Dyson, S. L. 1998. Ancient marbles to American shores. Classical archaeology in the United States. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.Google Scholar
  3. Martin, D. 2000. Homer Thompson dies at 93; led excavation of the Agora. New York Times, 13 May 2000.Google Scholar
  4. Mauzy, C. 2006. Agora excavations, 1931–2006: a pictorial history. Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens.Google Scholar
  5. McCredie, J. R. 2002. Homer Armstrong Thompson: 7 September 1906–7 May 2000. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 146: 411–14.Google Scholar
  6. Meritt, L. S. 1984. History of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1939–1980. Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens.Google Scholar
  7. Rotroff, S. I. 2001. Homer Armstrong Thompson, 1906–2000. American Journal of Archaeology 105: 99–100.Google Scholar
  8. Wertime, R. A. 1988. The ingenious Homer Thompson. Archaeology 41(6): 36–43.Google Scholar
  9. Wiseman, J. 2000. An American presence in Greece. Archaeology 53(4): 8.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and ArchaeologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA