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