When did the ancient Greeks learn to write, and what purposes did this new skill serve? This and other questions will be answered when Prof. Cynthia Shelmerdine gives her talk on this interesting topic at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2022 via Zoom.
Cynthia W. Shelmerdine is the Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor of Classics, emerita at the University of Texas at Austin, and Research Associate in Classics at Bowdoin College. She has published extensively on the Aegean Bronze Age, particularly the archaeology, history and culture of Mycenaean Greece. She has worked in the field as a ceramic expert with the University of Minnesota Messenia Expedition (1970s), the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (1990s), and currently the Iklaina Archaeological Project (from 1999).
She was educated at Bryn Mawr College, Cambridge University and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1977). Among her many publications, she edited the Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age (2008), and and collaborated with her sister, Susan C. Shelmerdine, on the third edition of her ancient Greek textbook, Introduction to Greek (2020).