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Noted Author, Expert on Troy and History of Archeology to Speak at OWU


February 27, 2006

Delaware, Ohio — Dr. Susan Heuck Allen, whose expertise on Troy and the history of archeology are combined in her book "Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik" (University of California Press—Berkeley, 1999), will speak at Ohio Wesleyan University on Thursday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in Sanborn Hall's Jemison Auditorium. Archeologist Heinrich Schliemann's proclaimed work more than a century ago, as well as his autobiography and books on Troy crediting him for the discovery of Homer's Troy, overshadowed the man, Frank Calvert, the first archeologist to excavate the site of Troy. It was Calvert who paved the way for Schliemann's "claim to fame." Susan Heuck Allen's lecture will examine the role of Frank Calvert in furthering our understanding of the archeology of the Troad in general, and more specifically, Troy, as well as the complex relationship between Schliemann and Calvert. Dr. Allen received her Ph.D. in Classics and Classical Archeology from Brown University, after earning degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Smith College. She also is the author of "Excavating Our Past: Perspectives on the History of the Archeological Institute of America. She has held positions at Clark and Yale Universities and her work has taken her to such places as Cyprus, Israel, and Knossos.

The lecture is sponsored by OWU's Department of Humanities-Classics and is free of charge and open to the public.