Department of Classics

Cynthia W Shelmerdine

Professor EmeritusPh.D., Harvard University

Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor Emerita of Classics
Cynthia W Shelmerdine



Aegean Bronze Age



Cynthia W. Shelmerdine is Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor of Classics, emerita at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research specialties are Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, and the language, history and society of Mycenaean Greece. She has published extensively on the history and culture of prehistoric Greece and Crete. Her recent publications include The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age(Cambridge 2008, editor and contributor), “Mycenaean Furniture and Vessels: Text and Image,” in M.-L. Nosch and R. Laffineur, eds., KOSMOS: Jewelry, Adornment and Textiles in the Aegean Bronze Age, Liège: Peeters 2012, 685-695, and “Pylos Sealings and Sealers,” in P. Carlier, C. de Lamberterie, M. Egetmeyer, N. Guilleux, F. Rougemont and J. Zurbach, eds., Études Mycéniennes 2010, Actes du XIIIe Colloque International sur les Textes Égéens, Sèvres, Paris, Nanterre, 20-23 Septembre 2010. Pisa and Rome: Fabrizio Serra 2012, 383-402. She is currently working on a book about Mycenaean Greek society. Professor Shelmerdine is a ceramic and historical expert for the Iklaina Archaeological Project (University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Athens Archaeological Society). She also participated in the excavation of Nichoria by the Minnesota Messenia Expedition, and in the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College (A.B. 1970), the University of Cambridge (B.A. 1972, M.A. 1980), and Harvard University (Ph.D. in Classical Philology 1977).


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