Friday, July 29, 2011

Open Access Publications: Publications of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Many of the publications of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens are available online in open access formats.

[Updated 29 September 2008 with the addition of links to digital versions of three more Gennadeion Monographs, the products of the ASCSA Digital Library project funded by the Operational Program "Information Society" of the 3rd Community Support Framework , and the series Corinth announced today by JSTOR]
[Updated 25 June 2009 with the addition of Bulletins of the School of Classical Studies at Athens]
[ Updated 12 October, 2009: This posting originated on the Ancient World Bloggers Group (AWBG), but will be updated at this location from now on. Updated 12 October, 2009 with the addition of the Histories of the American School of Classical Studies; updated 12 February, 2010, with the addition of Digital Library]
[Updated 20 June, 2010 with this link to Open Access enhancements of Athenian Agora Publications]

[Updated 29 July 2011 with the inclusion of the  Schliemann Diaries and other resources of  ASCSA Archival collections]
[Updated 2 August 2011 with Open Access Content and Enhancements to Hesperia]
[Updated 12 May 2014 with 57 Newly Open Access Ebooks from The American School of Classical Studies at Athens]

Histories of the American School of Classical Studies
A History of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1882-1942; an intercollegiate project.
Author:Louis E Lord
Publisher: Cambridge: Pub. for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens [by] Harvard Univ. Press, 1947.
ISBN: 9780876619032
A History of the American School of Classical Studies, 1939-1980
Author: Lucy Shoe Meritt
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1984.
ISBN: 9780876619421


The Newsletter of the School, ákoue, is published by the ASCSA Development Office and sent free of charge to staff, alumni and other friends of the School approximately twice a year. No. 47 (2003)and the following issues are available.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports - American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2010-2011 through 2011-2012

Agora Picture Books

The primary purpose of the Agora Picture Book series is to enliven the experience of a visitor to the Athenian Agora, excavated by the American School since 1931. While drawing on the object and monuments that can be viewed on a visit to the site, these well-illustrated guides attempt to add some human color to the dry material remains. A number of the concise guides have become popular supplementary texts for undergraduate and graduate classes in classical civilization. Since 1998 the Picture Books have been published in color.

1: Pots and Pans of Classical Athens - by Brian A. Sparkes and Lucy Talcott
2: The Stoa of Attalos II in Athens - by Homer A. Thompson
3: Miniature Sculpture from the Athenian Agora - by Dorothy B. Thompson
4: The Athenian Citizen: Democracy in the Athenian Agora - by Mabel Lang
5: Ancient Portraits from the Athenian Agora - by Evelyn B. Harrison
6: Amphoras and the Ancient Wine Trade - by Virginia R. Grace
7: The Middle Ages in the Athenian Agora - by Alison Frantz
8: Garden Lore of Ancient Athens - by Dorothy B. Thompson and Ralph E. Griswold
9: Lamps from the Athenian Agora - by Judith Perlzweig
10: Inscriptions from the Athenian Agora - by Benjamin D. Meritt
11: Waterworks in the Athenian Agora - by Mabel Lang
12: An Ancient Shopping Center: The Athenian Agora - by Dorothy B. Thompson
13: Early Burials from the Agora Cemeteries - by Sara A. Immerwahr
14: Graffiti in the Athenian Agora - by Mabel Lang
15: Greek and Roman Coins in the Athenian Agora - by Fred S. Kleiner
16: The Athenian Agora: A Short Guide to the Excavations - by John McK. Camp II
16: The Athenian Agora: A Short Guide to the Excavations (Modern Greek) - by John McK. Camp II
17: Socrates in the Agora - by Mabel Lang
18: Mediaeval and Modern Coins in the Athenain Agora - by Fred S. Kleiner
19: Gods and Heroes in the Athenian Agora - by John McK. Camp II
20: Bronzeworkers in the Athenian Agora - by Carol C. Mattusch
21: Ancient Athenian Building Methods - by John McK. Camp II and William B. Dinsmoor Jr.
22: Birds of the Athenian Agora - by Robert D. Lamberton and Susan I. Rotroff
23: Life, Death, and Litigation in the Athenian Agora - by Mabel Lang
24: Horses and Horsemanship in the Athenian Agora - by John McK. Camp II
25: The Games at Athens - by Jenifer Neils and Stephen V. Tracy
26: Women in the Athenian Agora - by Susan I. Rotroff and Robert D. Lamberton
27: Marbleworkers in the Athenian Agora - by Carol L. Lawton

ASCSA Digital Library

Digital Library

The digital library [at] currently provides access to the archaeological data from the Athenian Agora and Corinth together with a selection of photographs from the Alison Frantz Collection. You can use the index of categories to the left to browse this data, or search using the toolbar above. Material which has been published is made completely available to the public. Material which is unpublished is only available to researchers who have already obtained the necessary permission to study the material in person.

Chronicle of Corinth Excavations
Camp, John McK., II; Mauzy, Craig (eds.). Agora Excavations
Davis, Jack L.; Vogeikoff, Natalia (eds.). The American School of Classical Studies at Athens: Links to the Past, Looking to the Future
Georgopoulou, Maria (ed.). Gennadius: The Vision and the Collection
Vogeikoff-Brogan, Natalia; Vassilis Spanos (eds.). Greece in the '20s & '30s: Through the Lense of Dorothy Burr Thompson

Athenian Agora Guide Books

The Athenian Agora: A Short Guide in Color
By John McK.Camp II
This colorful overview is intended primarily for visitors to the site, but also provides a useful introduction to the visible remains. After a brief history of the Agora, the principal monuments are described, and then the reader is taken on a counterclockwise tour around the site. The author is the current Director of Excavations at the Athenian Agora, and this guide therefore presents the most up-to-date information available. 48pp (Excavations of the Athenian Agora, Picture Book 16, revised 2003) ISBN: 0-87661-643-0

Download English Version PDF (5.8 MB)

Download Greek Version PDF (4.4 MB)

The Athenian Agora: A Guide to the Excavation and Museum

This new edition of the Agora guide takes account of the important recent excavations which have taken place since 1976, the year of publication of the third edition. In addition, this version has been directed specifically toward those actually visiting the site: it is somewhat more compact than its predecessor and the illustrations have been chosen to help the visitor recreate the site in his mind's eye. (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1990) ISBN: 960-7067-00-2

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Corinth Notes

These brief guides present concise descriptions of interesting discoveries at the site of Corinth, excavated by the American School since 1896. The existing numbers in the series focus on the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore, the center of a healing cult situated on the lower slopes of the Acrocorinth mountain, and on the Asklepieion.

1: Cure and Cult in Ancient Corinth - by Mabel Lang
2: Demeter and Persephone in Ancient Corinth - by Ronald S. Stroud

Gennadeion Monographs

The Gennadius Library (known as “the Gennadeion") contains a large collection of volumes on various aspects of post-classical Greek culture and history. The Library’s archives are the repository of many more important photographs, manuscripts, documents, and special collections. The Gennadeion Monographs series exists to publish studies related to the collections of the library.

Four volumes of this series are available online:

The Venetians in Athens, 1687-1688, from the Istoria of Cristoforo Ivanovich
- edited by James Morton Paton

Schliemann's First Visit to America - edited by Shirley H. Weber

Chapters on Mediaeval and Renaissance Visitors to Greek Lands - by James Morton Paton
The Campaign of the Falieri and Piraeus in the Year 1827 - edited by C. W. J. Eliot

Isthmia (ISSN 0362-8108)

Situated on the most direct route from the Peloponnese to central Greece and Attica, as well as from Corinth to the Saronic Gulf, the panhellenic sanctuary at Isthmia preserves evidence of cult practices from at least the 7th century B.C. A Doric Temple of Poseidon was built ca. 465 B.C. and then rebuilt after a fire around 75 years later. The site was the center of a cult to the local boy-hero Palaimon in the Roman period and continued to function as a sanctuary into at least the 3rd century A.D. Its abandoned buildings were used as a quarry to build a set of Late Roman fortifications to defend the Isthmus. This series publishes excavations by both the University of Chicago and Ohio State University.

Two volumes of this series are available online:

IV: Sculpture I: 1952-1967 - by Mary C. Sturgeon
VII: The Metal Objects, 1952-1989 - by Isabelle K. Raubitschek


Excavations on the Cycladic island of Keos revealed a number of prehistoric sites, including the site of Ayia Irini on a peninsula at the northwest end. This site was occupied from Neolithic to Roman times, flourishing particularly in the Bronze Age when it was the location of a sanctuary. A large number of near lifesize figures were discovered there during excavations in the 1960s by the University of Cincinnati. This series is no longer published by ASCSA. Other volumes have been published by Philipp von Zabern Verlag.

One volume of this series is available online:
I: Kephala: A Late Neolithic Settlement and Cemetery - by John E. Coleman


Lerna, on the shore of the Gulf of Argos, is one of the most important prehistoric sites in Greece, having been occupied with few interruptions over a period of some 5,000 years, from the 6th to the 1st millennium B.C. A simple Neolithic village became a more complex settlement in the Early Helladic period when the massive House of the Tiles was built. Destroyed by fire at the end of the period, it was covered by a tumulus in the Middle Helladic period. This series presents the results of excavations by John L. Caskey from 1952 to 1958.

All volumes of this series are available online.

I: The Fauna - by Nils-Gustaf Gejvall
II: The People - by J. Lawrence Angel
III: The Pottery of Lerna IV - by Jeremy B. Rutter
IV: The Architecture, Stratification, and Pottery of Lerna III - by Martha H. Wiencke
V: The Neolithic Pottery from Lerna - by K. D. Vitelli


These volumes present the definitive account of one of the masterpieces of Greek architecture, the grand entrance to the Athenian Akropolis designed in the 5th century B.C. by the architect Mnesikles. Written by a father and son team over a period of 80 years, the two books present a complete overview of the development of one of the monuments of western civilization. No further volumes are planned.

One volume of this series is available online:
II: The Propylaia to the Athenian Akropolis II: The Classical Building - by William B. Dinsmoor and William B. Dinsmoor Jr., edited by Anastasia Norre Dinsmoor

The Temple of Apollo Bassitas

High in the mountains of Arcadia, the Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae was built and rebuilt a number of times during the Archaic and Classical periods. According to the Roman traveler Pausanias, the architect was Iktinos, who was also responsible for building the Parthenon in Athens. Although the accuracy of this statement is uncertain, the temple remains one of the most spectacular and well preserved in Greece. This four-volume series, including large-scale plans, is based on a detailed study by University of Minnesota researchers. The series is complete.

All but the folio volume of plans are available online:
I: The Temple of Apollo Bassitas I: The Architecture - by Frederick A. Cooper
II: The Temple of Apollo Bassitas II: The Sculpture - by Brian C. Madigan
III: The Temple of Apollo Bassitas III: The Architecture: Illustrations - by Frederick A. Cooper

Some other publications of the ASCSA have been made available elsewhere:

Weber, Shirley Howard, 1883- / [1953] Voyages and travels in Greece, the Near East, and adjacent regions, made previous to the year 1801; being a part of a larger catalogue of works on geography, cartography, voyages and travels, in the Gennadius Library in Athens, in the Travels in Southeastern Europe collection at the University of Michigan Library.

Papers of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
Archaeological Institute of America., American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Boston: Cupples, Upham and co. [etc.], 1885-97, at the Making of America (MOA) collection at the University of Michigan Library.
The journal Hesperia, the series Hesperia Supplements and the series Athenian Agora and Corinth are available to institutional or individual licensees from JSTOR.

Hesperia Open Access

Open Access Content from ASCSA Publications
On occasion, the ASCSA Publications Office will post an article from Hesperia, a book chapter, or other material here for visitors to freely download and use:
“Celebrating 75 Years of Hesperia,” Hesperia 76 (2007), pp. 1-20, by Tracey Cullen.
Download the PDF (2 MB)
“The Birth of Hesperia: A View from the Archives,” Hesperia 76 (2007), pp. 21-35, by Jack L. Davis.
Download the PDF (1 MB)
“Byzantium and the Avant-Garde: Excavations at Corinth, 1920s-1930s,” Hesperia 76 (2007), pp. 391-442, by Kostis Kourelis.
Download the PDF (1 MB)
“An Archer from the Palace of Nestor: A New Wall-Painting Fragment in the Chora Museum,” Hesperia 77 (2008), pp. 363-397, by Hariclia Brecoulaki, Jack L. Davis, Caroline Zaitoun, and Sharon R. Stocker.
Download the PDF (6 MB)
“Supplementary Images of the Archer Fragment: Addendum to ‘An Archer from the Palace of Nestor’,” Hesperia 77 (2008), by Hariclia Brecoulaki et al.
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“Hunting the Eschata: An Imagined Persian Empire on the Lekythos of Xenophantos,” Hesperia 78 (2009), pp. 455-480, by Hallie M. Franks.
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“Stone Age Seafaring in the Mediterranean: Evidence from the Plakias Region for Lower Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Habitation of Crete,” Hesperia 79 (2010), pp. 145-190, by Thomas F. Strasser, Eleni Panagopoulou, Curtis N. Runnels, Priscilla M. Murray, Nicholas Thompson, Panayiotis Karkanas, Floyd W. McCoy, and Karl W. Wegmann.
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“Catalogue of Late Helladic IIIA2 Pottery from Tsoungiza”, an appendix to “A Deposit of Late Helladic IIIA2 Pottery from Tsoungiza,” Hesperia 80.2 (2011), pp. 171-228, by Patrick M. Thomas.
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“Catalogue of Late Helladic IIIA2 Pottery from Tsoungiza”, an appendix to “A Deposit of Late Helladic IIIA2 Pottery from Tsoungiza,” Hesperia 80.2 (2011), pp. 171-228, by Patrick M. Thomas.
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Athenian Agora

I. Portrait Sculpture (66 MB)
II. Coins: From the Roman through the Venetian Period (18 MB)
III: Literary and Epigraphical Testimonia (51 MB)
IV: Greek Lamps and Their Survivals (64 MB)
V: Pottery of the Roman Period: Chronology (71 MB)
VI: Terracottas and Plastic Lamps of the Roman Period (43 MB)
VII: Lamps of the Roman Period: First to Seventh Century after Christ (81 MB)
VIII: Late Geometric and Protoattic Pottery: Mid-8th to Late 7th Centiry B.C. (53 MB)
IX: The Islamic Coins (13 MB)
X: Weights, Measures, and Tokens (54 MB)
XI: Archaic and Archaistic Sculpture (105 MB)
XIII: The Neolithic and Bronze Ages (108 MB)
XIV: The Agora of Athens: The History, Shape, and Uses of an Ancient City Center (138 MB)
XV: Inscriptions: The Athenian Councillors (73 MB)
XVI: Inscriptions: The Decrees (111 MB)
XVII: Inscriptions: The Funerary Monuments (100 MB)
XIX: Inscriptions: Horoi, Poletai Records, and Leases of Public Lands (43 MB)
XX: The Church of the Holy Apostles (32 MB)
XXI: Graffiti and Dipinti (16 MB)
XXIV: Late Antiquity: A.D. 267-700 (80 MB)
XXVI: The Greek Coins (66 MB)
XXVIII: The Lawcourts at Athens: Sites, Buildings, Equipment, Procedure, and Testimonia (52 MB)


I.6: The Springs: Peirene, Sacred Spring, Glauke (text and plates) (49 MB and 6 MB respectively)
III.1: Acrocorinth: Excavations in 1926 (7 MB)
III.2: The Defenses of Acrocorinth and the Lower Town (55 MB)
IV.1: Decorated Architectural Terracottas (9 MB)
V. The Roman Villa (59 MB)
VI: Coins, 1896-1929 (11 MB)
VII.1: The Geometric and Orientalizing Pottery (16 MB)
VII.2: Archaic Corinthian Pottery and the Anaploga Well (46 MB)
VII.3: Corinthian Hellenistic Pottery (25 MB)
VIII.1: Greek Inscriptions, 1896-1927 (11 MB)
VIII.2: Latin Inscriptions, 1896-1926 (10 MB)
VIII.3: The Inscriptions, 1926-1950 (44 MB)
X: The Odeum (29 MB)
XI: The Byzantine Pottery (83 MB)
XII: The Minor Objects (149 MB)
XIII: The North Cemetery (68 MB)
XIV: The Asklepion and Lerna (36 MB)
XV.1: The Potters' Quarter (37 MB)
XV.2: The Potters' Quarter: The Terracottas (44 MB)
XVI: Mediaeval Architecture in the Central Area of Corinth (40 MB)

Hesperia Supplements

1: Prytaneis: A Study of the Inscriptions Honoring the Athenian Councillors (20 MB)
2: Late Geometric Graces and a Seventh Century Well in the Agora (39 MB)
3: The Setting of the Periclean Parthenon (7 MB)
4: The Tholos of Athens and its Predecessors (33 MB)
5: Observations on the Hephaisteion (30 MB)
6: The Sacred Gerusia (8 MB)
7: Small Objects from the Pnyx I (28 MB)
8: Commemorative Studies in Honor of Theodore Leslie Shear (34 MB)
9: Horoi: Studies in Mortgage, Real Security, and Land Tenure in Ancient Athens (36 MB)
10: Small Objects from the Pnyx II (63 MB)
11: Fortified Military Camps in Attica (25 MB)
12: The Athenian Constitution after Sulla (34 MB)
15: The Lettering of an Athenian Mason (29 MB)
18: Lasithi: A History of Settlement on a Highland Plain in Crete (10 MB)

Heinrich Schliemann' Diaries are now online in facsimile at ASCSA.  So also are lareg numbers of documents and finding aids in the ASCSA Archives in the Gennadius and Blegen Libraries.

ASCSA Athens Photostream on flickr

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