Current News

Classics Professor John Camp II Recipient of Aristeia Award

Dec 03, 2014

classics professor John CampJohn Camp II, the Randolph-Macon College Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Classics, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Aristeia Award for Distinguished Alumni/ae of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
Camp, the director of the Athenian Agora excavations, has been an integral part of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens since his undergraduate days.

The Award

The Aristeia Award, now in its fifth year, was created to honor those who have done the most over the years to support the School's mission in teaching, research, archaeological exploration, and/or publication. The Alumni/ae Association will present Camp with the award at its next meeting, which will be held in New Orleans in January 2015.

"It is particularly gratifying to receive this award since those who decide are students and colleagues, that is, those for whom and with whom one works," says Camp.

John Camp

Camp earned his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in classical archaeology from Princeton University. In 1966 he joined the Agora excavations, and in 1973 he was named assistant director of the Agora excavations. He served as the School’s Mellon Professor of Archaeology (1985-1996) and became the director of excavations at the Athenian Agora in 1994.

Camp joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon College in 1996, and in 2009 he was named the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Classics.

The Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation

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. The project offers students the opportunity to participate in excavations in Athens, Greece.

The Agora

Each year, Camp travels with several Randolph-Macon College students to the Agora, which once served as the center of economic, social and intellectual life. Since 1931, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens has directed the excavation of this important site. R-MC students, 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. Students who participate in the excavation are known as Niarchos Summer Fellows. Excavators live in apartments in Kolonaki on the slopes of Mt. Lykavettos and learn first-hand about the techniques of archaeological work and the Classical world.