John Camp II
John Camp II, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor in
Classics, was honored at the 16th Annual Phidippides Award Gala Dinner on
October 27, 2010. The event was held at the Yale Club of New York in Manhattan.
Sponsored by Hellenic Public Radio - Cosmos FM 91.5, the event celebrated 23 years
of Hellenic Public Radio broadcasting and honored Camp, the director of the Athenian
Agora Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Camp is
a distinguished archaeologist, a scholar and renowned Philhellene, and is known
for his passionate advocacy of Hellenism.
In 2009, Camp was named the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor in Classics. The
Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation is an international philanthropic organization that
supports charitable activities in four primary areas: arts and culture, education,
health and medicine, and social welfare. Within each program category, the Foundation
supports initiatives that feature strong leadership and sound management and can
demonstrate a tangible impact over time. The Foundation fosters the exchange and
collaboration among recipient institutions by supporting a broad range of organizations
across its target program areas in locations around the world.
Each year, Camp travels to the Agora
with R-MC students, known as Stavros Niarchos Foundation Summer Fellows, who, along
with undergraduate and graduate students from around the world, work for eight weeks
at the site, sifting through history and honing their archaeological skills. Since
1931, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens has directed the excavation
of this important site. Camp started working at the Agora in 1966, while a student
at Harvard University, and he has returned there every year for the past 43 years.
He began as an excavator, later became an assistant director and has served as director
Camp was the Mellon Professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens
from 1985-1996 and continues to teach there. He earned his B.A. from Harvard University
and his M.A. and Ph.D. in classical archaeology from Princeton University. He joined
the faculty at Randolph-Macon in 1996.