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November 16, 2007

PASP is very pleased to present the Michael Ventris, Alice Kober, and Emmett L. Bennett, Jr. archives. Our archivist, Christy Costlow, has completed her work on the material and she presents here the finding aids for all of the archives, as well as selected high-resolution images.

The Ventris Kober archives
The Emmett L. Bennett, Jr. archives

Note that there are also permanent links to these archives in the site menu.

November 15, 2007

Added two articles by Tom Palaima:
"Ilios, Tros and Tlos: Continuing Problems with to-ro, to-ro-o, to-ro-wo, to-ro-ja, wi-ro and a-si-wi-ja/a-si-wi-jo" in F. Lang, C. Reiholdt and J. Weilhärtner, eds. Stephanos Aristeios. Festschrift für Stefan Hiller zum 65. Geburtstag (Phoibos Verlag Vienna 2007) 197-204.

"Mycenaean Society and Kingship: Cui Bono? A Counter-Speculative View," in S.P. Morris and R. Laffineur eds., Epos. Reconsidering Greek Epic and Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology (Aegeaum 28: Liége and Austin 2007) 129-140.

November 2, 2007

Added a series of Articles on UT Athletics financing and spending by Eric Dexheimer.

November 1, 2007

Added several editorials, and replaced older, pdf format editorials with html versions.
We have also added a series of Articles on Athletics and Academics at University of Texas at Austin by John Maher.

October 4, 2007

Added Palaima's October 4 editorial, "UT's brand is losing value".

September 26, 2007

Added Palaima's article, "Times have changed, but Bob Dylan still reflects a restless America," to his Dylan section.

Added Palaima's September 21 editorial, "UT may win on the field, but student-athletes lose".

September 4, 2007

Added Palaima's article, "Civilian Knowledge of War and Violence in Ancient Athens and Modern America," to our Articles collection (scroll down to "Articles by Tom Palaima").

September 2, 2007

Added Palaima's Bob Dylan primer, in advance of his (Dylan's, not Palaima's) set at ACL.

August 28, 2007

Added Palaima's August 13 and August 28 editorials:
   What would Socrates think about our democracy today?.
   As a matter of honor, troops shouldn't bend rules of war.

July 29, 2007

Added Palaima's July 24 editorial, "A longing for our roots".

Added a link to Palaima's review of Dylan's Albuquerque July 22, 2007 show.

July 3, 2007

Added Palaima's June 19 and July 3 editorials:
   "Our goal should be global understanding".
   "Redeeming the image of Americans abroad".

June 5, 2007

Added Palaima's May 24 editorial, "Immigration problems aren't confined to U.S".

June 4, 2007

Tom Palaima was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, in a ballot held on May 18. The UT Classics department offers a synopsis here. The Society's website can be found at

June 3, 2007

Joann Gulizio will be leaving PASP this August for a one-year teaching position at the College of Charleston (, in South Carolina. Kevin Pluta will be joining her, and taking advantage of whatever opportunities fortune brings. Dimitri Nakassis is headed to Tallahassee, Florida, for a one-year position at Florida State University ( Congratulations to Dimitri and Joann.

May 30, 2007

Stephie Nikoloudis completed her dissertation, "The ra-wa-ke-ta, Ministerial Authority and Mycenaean Cultural Identity" in December 2006. She has since relocated to Melbourne, Australia, where she is continuing her research on the Bronze Age Aegean. In June and July 2007, she will be participating in two projects on the mainland of Greece: a field survey in Boiotia and an excavation in Thessaly. In the second half of the year, she will be lecturing in the School of Historical Studies (encompassing Archaeology, Classical Studies, History and Australian Studies) at The University of Melbourne.

May 22, 2007

From left to right: John Killen, Jörg Weilhartner, Eugenio R. Luján, Francisco Aura Jorro, Carlos Varias, Alberto Bernabé, Rosa-Araceli Santiago, José Luis García Ramón (ke-ra-twe), Massimo Perna, Tom Palaima, Jean-Pierre Olivier.

Tom Palaima helped to organize at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona an International Symposium "55 years of Mycenology (1952-2007)" 12-13 April, 2007, which took its occasion from his six months at the UAB teaching and doing research.

Tom gave two papers: "de-qo-no, po-ro-de-qo-no, ko-ro and si-to as Food for Thought"; and with José Luis García Ramón, "Comentarios a las nuevas tablillas de Tebas."

Other papers were given by:

Jean-Pierre Olivier (Fons National Belge de la Recherche Scientifiqie), Las escrituras egeas: 'jeroglifico' cretense, lineal A, lineal B, chipro-minoicas y escrituras silábicas chipriotas del 1 milenio antes de nuestra era"

Francisco Aura Jorro (Universitat d'Alacant) "Panorámica de la lexcicofrafía micénica"

Rosa-Araceli Santiago (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) "Xenia en el mundo micénico: algunos indicios"

Massimo Perna (Istituto Universit. Suor Orsola Benincasa, Napoli) "Quelques reflections à propos de la fiscalité mycénienne"

José Luis García Ramón (Universität zu Köln) "Anthroponymica Mycenaea"

Eugenio R. Luján (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) "Los adjectivos temáticos en micénico"

Tom Palaima (UT Austin) "de-qo-no, po-ro-de-qo-no, ko-ro and si-to as Food for Thought"

John T. Killen (Cambridge University) "The two provinces of Pylos. Toward and understanding of the management of a Mycenaean palace state"

Alberto Bernabé (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) "Las posibles menciones religiosas de Tebas"

Jörg Weilhartner (Universität Salzburg) "Cultic offerings in the Linear B tablets: An attempt for their classification and some thoughts about their possible application"

Carlos Varias (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) "Micenas dentro de la Argolide: los textos micénicos en su contexto"

Tom Palaima and J.L. García Ramón, "Comentarios a las nuevas tablillas de Tebas."


May 19, 2007

The Office of the Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin in conjunction with the University Coop gave out its Outstanding Dissertation Award on May 16, 2007.

These awards have been given out since 1979. Three awards are given, one in each of the following subject areas:

The awards include a $4,000 cash prize for each winner.

We are happy to report that Dimitri Nakassis won the award in Humanites and Fine Arts for his dissertation:

"The Individual and the Mycenaean State: Agency and Prosopography in the Linear B Texts from Pylos." (May 2006)

Supervisor: Thomas G. Palaima
Readers: Cynthia W. Shelmerdine, Paula Perlman, Sara Kimball, Erwin Cook and James C. Wright.
Nominating letters: Thomas G. Palaima and James C. Wright.
Cover letter from the chair of the Classics Department GSC: Andrew Riggsby.

Congratulations to Dimitri for winning this highly competitive award.

Thanks to everyone involved in the dissertation and the nomination process.

Special thanks to Cynthia Shelmerdine, graduate dean Victoria Rodriguez and assistant graduate dean Tom Belinoski for making it possible for Dimitri to attend the award ceremony.

Final thanks to the University Coop for funding this award and the Undergraduate George H. Mitchell Student Award for Academic Excellence, won this year by another student working in PASP, Christina Skelton for her research on "Methods of Using Phylogenetic Systematics to Reconstruct the History of the Linear B Script".


May 16, 2007

Christina Skelton is the $20,000 Grand Prize winner of the University Co-op/George H. Mitchell Undergraduate Student Awards for Academic Excellence. She was nominated by Professor Palaima for her paper (forthcoming in Archaeometry), “Methods of Using Phylogenetic Systematics to Reconstruct the History of the Linear B Script.”

She is also one of six recipients of the Manson A. Stewart Scholarship from the Classical Association of the Midwest and South.

She is continuing to expand her research on phylogenetics and Linear B. She presented a further stage in her research (using phylogenetic systematics to reconstruct how individual Linear B signs changed over time) at the Texas Academy of Sciences annual meeting in March. She is currently collaborating with Richard Firth on an article about the scribes of Knossos, which was solicited by the journal Minos.

This June and July, she will be attending the Goethe Institut in Dresden, Germany. When she returns in August, she will start working for Tandy Warnow ( on applications of phylogenetic systematics to historical linguistics.

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