Classics

Hal Haskell

Professor of Classics

Areas of expertise
Greek and Latin language and literature; Aegean Bronze Age archaeology

Dr. Haskell's primary teaching responsibilities are in Latin and Greek language and literature classes, and the Paideia Program.

Education

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1981
MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1974
BA, Haverford College 1972

Positions

Assistant Professor of Classics
Memphis State University
August 01, 1981 - May 01, 1984
Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages

Assistant to the Director
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
August 01, 1980 - July 01, 1981

Secretary of the School
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
August 01, 1978 - July 01, 1980

Teaching Philosophy

To inspire students to develop a passion for the study of ancient cultures and to respond in kind to those passions.

Previous Courses

Latin and Greek language and literature.

Research

Dr. Haskell's research area is in Greek Bronze Age economy (ca. 1500-1200 B.C., the time of the legendary Trojan War). Through the examination of material remains (pottery, architecture, etc.) one reconstructs production areas and trade routes. These may be correlated with power centers such as Minoan Knossos, with its labyrinthine palace, and Mycenae, home of Agamemnon.

Dr. Haskell is director of a long-term, interdisciplinary pottery analysis project. His principle colleagues are Dr. R. Jones, an archaeological chemist at Glasgow University (chemical analyses of clay fabric and contents), Dr. P. Day, a petrographer at Sheffield University (petrographic analyses of fabric), and Dr. J. Killen, a world authority at Cambridge University on early Greek scripts. Dr. Haskell's specialty is the study of the shape and decoration of the vases, which yield clues regarding origins and trade. 


Publications

Major publications ISJinclude "From Palace to Town Administration: The Evidence of Coarse-Ware Stirrup Jars," in Minoan Society: Proceedings of the Cambridge Colloquium 1981, O. Krzyszkowska and L. Nixon, eds., Bristol, 1983, pp. 121-128; "Pylos: Stirrup Jars and the International Oil Trade," in Pylos Comes Alive: Industry + Administration in a Mycenaean Palace, C. Shelmerdine and T. Palaima, eds., New York, 1984,  97-107; Bronze Age pottery section, in C. Picon, Greek Vases in the San Antonio Museum of Art, University of Texas Press, 1995; "Mycenaeans on Crete: Patterns in the Evidence," Bulletin de correspondence hellénique Supplément 30 (1997), 187-194; wanax to wanax: Regional Trade Patterns in Mycenaean Crete, in Essays in Honor of Sara A. Immerwahr, A. Chapin, ed., Hesperia Suppl. 33 (2004), 151-160; and "Region to Region Export of Transport Stirrup jars from LM IIIA2/B Crete," in Proceedings of the International Workshop held at Athens, Scuola Archeologica Italiana, 5-6 April 2003, "Ariadne's Threads: Connections between Crete and the Greek Mainland in the Post Palatial Period (Late Minoan IIIA2 to LM IIIC)," A.L. D'Agata, J. Moody, eds. Tripodes 3 (2005), 205-221; review of The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean, E. Cline (ed.), (Oxford University Press, 2010), in American Journal of Archaeology 115.2 (2011).

Joint publications include an article with petrographer Peter Day (Sheffield), "Transport Stirrup Jars from Thebes as Evidence for Trade in Late Bronze Age Greece," in Trade and Production in Premonetary Greece: Aspects of Trade, C. Gillis, C. Risberg, B. Sjöberg, eds., Jonsered, 1995, pp. 87-109; and with R.E. Jones, P.M. Day, and J.T. Killen, Transport Stirrup Jars of the Bronze Age Aegean and East Mediterranean, Philadelphia, 2011 [frontmatter]; rev. by Dr. V. Petrakis here; rev. by A. Vianello here.

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Seminars & Presentations

Among Dr. Haskell's presentations are  "Meandering through Late Minoan III Crete, Proust, Pottery, and Palaces", invited lecture, College Year in Athens / ΔΙΚΕΜΕΣ, 2 April 2014; "The Classification and Chronology of Ceramics [at Hacimusalar] Using the WWW," Conference on Ancient Studies -- New Technology: The World Wide Web and Scholarly Research, Communication, and Publication in Ancient, Byzantine, and Medieval Studies, Salve Regina University, December 2000; "New Views:  Scientific Archaeology and Postpalatial Trade on Crete," invited paper, Göteborg University and Lund University, March 1995;  St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, April 1995;  Archaeological Institute of America National Lecture Tour, October 1996; "Marble Provenance Determination by ESR Study of Trace Levels of Mn(II)," joint paper, gen. mtg., AIA, December 1983. 

 

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Honors & Awards


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1994/95
  • Fulbright Commission Grant, 1994, senior scholar award
  • Institute for Aegean Prehistory, 1988, 1990. research awards
  • Harriet Pomerance Traveling Fellowship (Archaeological Institute of America), 1977-78, research award

Groups & Affiliations

Since 1995, Dr. HaskellSunoikisis has participated in the virtual Classics program known as Sunoikisis, initially funded by the Mellon Foundation. The purpose of Sunoikisis is to enable Classicists at various institutions to share resources of their programs that are individually small but collectively large. Projects include inter-institutional team-taught courses, an undergraduate research symposium, databases of various Classics resources, and the like.

Interests

Dr. H. enjoys sailing, hiking, and traveling.


Yacht "Xenia" in Skyros Harbor

Sailing before the wind, Greek Aegean Sea

Rome, June 2010
Paris, March 2010