Alan Shapiro '71: Athenian Heroines, Myth and Icon

Alan Shapiro '71

H. Alan Shapiro '71 discusses a long-awaited pyxus – the object of a 35-year odyssey – depicting the personification of soteria.

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H. Alan Shapiro '71 is the W.H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University. After graduating from Swarthmore with a major in Greek, he earned an M.A. in Greek from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Princeton University. He has held teaching posts at Columbia, Tulane, Stevens Tech and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) before taking up his current position.

Shapiro is the author of several books on Greek art, mythology, and religion, including Art and Cult under the Tyrants in Athens and Myth Into Art: Poet and Painter in Classical Greece. In 2008-2009, he co-organized the exhibition "Worshipping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens," at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

Shapiro spoke on campus for the 12th annual Helen North Lecture.