AIA Lecturer/Host: William & Suzanne Murray
Archaeological Institute of America lecturers and hosts William and Suzanne Murray teach on the faculty of the University of South Florida in Tampa, where Bill is the Stathis Professor of Greek History and Suzanne is an Instructor in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology. They met in Athens as graduate students while attending the American School of Classical Studies.
Bill (Ph.D. in Ancient History, University of Pennsylvania) specializes in Greek and Roman naval history, ancient seafaring, and nautical archaeology. He has recently completed a book on naval power in the era of Alexander the Great and his successors (Oxford University Press). Bill has participated in underwater excavations in Israel and Turkey, and has conducted a number of archaeological projects in Greece, focusing in particular on the region of Actium, site of the naval battle in which Octavian Caesar defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Bill has been a national lecturer for the AIA since 1989, and served as the AIA’s Norton Lecturer in 2007-08.
Suzanne is an art historian (Ph.D. in Ancient Art, University of Minnesota) whose teaching focuses on ancient civilizations and Greek art and archaeology, with a specialization in the Aegean Bronze Age. Suzanne and Bill, who have long been active in the AIA as officers (and founders) of the Tampa Bay Society, have led student study trips in Greece and lectured on tours in Greece, Italy, Turkey, and Croatia. They have lectured on three AIA-sponsored voyages since 2008, including this Exploring the Aegean voyage aboard Aegean Odyssey in spring 2011.