AIA Lecturer/Host: Barbara Tsakirgis

Associate Professor of Classics and Art History at Vanderbilt University

Barbara Tsakirgis (Ph.D., Princeton) is a classical archaeologist who has excavated in Greece and Italy, at the sites of Corinth, Morgantina, and La Befa. She is currently researching the Greek houses excavated around the Athenian Agora. Professor Tsakirgis’ publications include a book and articles on the domestic architecture, excavations, and pavement mosaics at Morgantina; and articles on ancient Greek houses and households, including a number of articles for the Archaeological Institute of America’s American Journal of Archaeology. She is Associate Professor of Classics and Art History and has served as Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Classical Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she has been teaching for thirty years. She has also served on the Board of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and is currently on the Board of the Nashville Parthenon. She also serves as the vice-chair of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies, founded by the AIA in 1881 as America's research institute in Greece. Professor Tsakirgis is the recipient of a number of research grants and is a frequent lecturer on ancient Greece and Sicily, including several previous study tours through the central and eastern Mediterranean. Three of these were AIA-sponsored voyages, circumnavigating Sicily, tracing the path of Alexander the Great, and visiting Egypt and the ancient eastern Mediterranean, on all of which she received excellent reviews.