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Classics Professor John Camp II Receives Athens Prize

Jun 01, 2016

John Camp Randolph-Macon College Classics Professor John Camp II is the recipient of the Athens Prize, which was presented to him May 12, 2016 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) at its 135th anniversary gala.

View the photos from the gala.

The ASCSA honored Camp, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Classics at Randolph-Macon College, for his stewardship of the Agora Excavations, which he has directed since 1996. The event, which also celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Gennadius Library, was hosted by the Board of Trustees of the ASCSA and the Board of Overseers of the Gennadius Library.

At the gala, Acting Trustee President William Loomis told attendees, "John is the great link between the past and the future of American archaeology in Greece, the person who more than anyone else has been able to transmit the wisdom and experience of the great pioneers of the past to the next generation."

R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren, who attended the gala, says Camp's award is well-deserved.

"Professor Camp is deeply respected by countless students and colleagues, both at Randolph-Macon College and around the world," says Lindgren. "His enormous commitment to Greek archaeology and the power of knowledge is well-known, and he is equally admired for his leadership and generosity. The R-MC community extends its congratulations to Professor Camp for this richly deserved award."

John Camp II
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. He was also the 2015 recipient of the Aristeia Award for Distinguished Alumni/ae of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The award honors those who have done the most over the years to support the School's mission in teaching, research, archaeological exploration, and/or publication.

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 firsthand about the techniques of archaeological work and the Classical world.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
The ASCSA is a consortium of 193 North American colleges and universities. Build on land deeded by the Greek government, the School was the first American overseas research center, and it is the largest of the 14 foreign institutes in Athens. Its mission is "to advance knowledge of Greece of all periods by training young scholars, sponsoring and promoting archaeology fieldwork, providing resources for scholarly work, and disseminating research."