BOEGEHOLD, Alan Lindley

  • BOEGEHOLD, Alan Lindley
Date of Birth
Born City
Born State/Country
Alfred Lindley, a scientist and personal adviser to the president of General Motors & Katherine Eleanore Yager B.
Date of Death
Death City
South Dartmouth
Death State/Country
Julie Elizabeth Marshall, 3 April 1954.

A.B. U. Michigan, 1950; M.A. Harvard, 1954; Ph.D., 1958; Thomas Day Seymour fell., ASCSA, 1955-6; Charles Eliot Norton fell., 1956-7; 


Col. U.S. Army; Instr. to asst. prof. classics, U. Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1957-60; asst. prof to prof. classics, Brown U., 1960-2001; Howard Fell., 1964-5; dir. Ancient Studies, prog., 1985-91; chair, dept. classics, 1966-71; acting chair, 1973-4;  dir., summer session ASCSA, 1963-4, 1974, 1980; vis. prof., 1968-9; grantee, ACLS, , 1964-5; vis. lector. history, Harvard, 1967;vis. prof. classics, Yale, 1971; U. California, Berkeley, 1978; listing. vis. prof. Amherst Coll., 2001-3; vice chair, msg. comm. ASCSA, 1985-90; chair, 1990-8; memo. bd advisers, AJA, 1981-5; trustee, Gennadius Library, ASCSA; res. fell., 1974-5; res. fell. Agora Excavations, 1980-1; First Aristeia Award, ASCSA Alumni Assn., 2011; sr. fell., NEH, 1980-1; bd. advisers, Aegean Inst., 1976-95; bd. dirs., Inst. Nautical Archaeology, 1973-82, 


"Aristotle and the Dikasteria," (Harvard, 1958).


“Aristotle and the dikasteria,” HSCP 63 (1958) 526-8; “Athenian Law Courts and Tokens,” AJA 62 (1958) 222; “The Date of Theophrastus' Characters,” TAPA 90 (1959) 15-19; “Aristotle's Athenaion Politeia 65, 2. The Official Token,” Hesperia 29 (1960) 393-401; “The Nessos Amphora. A Note on the Inscription,” AJA 66 (1962) 405-6; “Toward a Study of Athenian Voting Procedure,” Hesperia 32 (1963) 366-74; “The Salamis Epigram,” GRBS 6 (1965) 179-86; “An Archaic Corinthian Inscription,” AJA 69 (1965) 259-62; “The Salamis Epigram,” AJA 70 (1966) 183; “Philokleon's Court,” Hesperia 36 (1967) 111-20; Robinson C. A., Ancient History from Prehistoric Times to the Death of Justinian, 2nd ed. prep. by Boegehold (London: Collier-Macmillan, 1967);  “An Apophthegm of Diogenes the Cynic,” GRBS 9 (1968) 59-60; “The First Central State Archive at Athens,” AJA 74 (1970) 188; “The Establishment of a Central Archive at Athens,” AJA 76 (1972) 23-30; “Korinthiaka,” GRBS 15 (1974) 25-37; “Ten Distinctive Ballots. The Law Court in Zea,” CSCA 9 (1976) 8-17; “Thucydides' Representation of Brasidas before Amphipolis,” CP 74 (1979) 148-52; “A Lid with Dipinto,” in Studies in Attic Epigraphy, History, and Topography Presented to Eugene Vanderpool by Members of the American School of Classical Studies, Hesperia Suppl. XIX (Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1982) 1-6; “A Dissent at Athens ca. 424-421 B.C.,” GRBS 23 (1982) 147-56; “A New Attic Black-Figure Potter,” AJA 87 (1983) 89-90; A.N. Stillwell & J.L. Benson, Corinth, XV,3: The Potter's Quarter. The Pottery, with contribution by Boegehold & C.G. Boulter, Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Princeton: American School of Classical Studies, 1984); “Many Letters. Aristophanes Plutus 1166-67,” in Studies Presented to Sterling Dow on his Eightieth Birthday, ed. K.J. Rigsby (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1984) 23-29; “Lycurgus 1.149,” CP 80 (1985) 132-5; “Machon, Frag. 5 (Gow),” AJA 90 (1986) 43-4; “A Signifying Gesture to Euripides, Iphigeneia Taurica, 965-66,” AJA 93 (1989) 81-83; “Andokides and the Decree of Patrokleides,” Historia 39 (1990) 149-62; In Simple Clothes: Eleven Poems by C.P. Cavafy (trans.), with four original etchings by William Brice (Woodside, CA: Occasional Works, 1991); “Two ‘fragmenta dubia incertae sedis,’ Possibly Comic,” CQ 41 (1991) 247-8; “Archaic Greece: An Era of Discovery,” in New Perspectives in Early Greek Art, ed. Diana Buitron-Oliver (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1991) 15-21; “Two Graffiti from Ancient Corinth,” Hesperia 61 (1992) 409-12; “Perikles' Citizenship Law of 451/0 B.C.,” in Athenian Identity and Civic Ideology, ed. with Adele C. Scafuro (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993) 57-66; Athenian Identity and Civic Ideology, ed. with Adele C. Scafuro (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993). REVS: BMCRev 1994 5: 373-381 David S. Rosenbloom | G&R 1995 42 (1): 92 Hans Van Wees | Gymnasium 1995 102 (5): 467-468 Karl-Wilhelm Welwei | Klio 1997 79 (1): 219-220 Wilfried Nippel | RPh 1994 68: 314-316 Edmond Lévy | LEC 1998 66 (1-2): 191 Marie-Laure Freyburger-Galland; The Athenian Agora: Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. 28, The Lawcourts at Athens: Sites, Buildings, Equipment, Procedure, and Testimonia, with contributions by John McKesson Camp, et al. (Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1995). REVS: AC 1997 66: 540-541 Philippe Gauthier | AJA 1997 101 (4): 797-798 Stephen C. Todd | BMCRev 1997 8 (5): 416-419 Matthew R. Christ | CW 1998-1999 92 (1): 59-60 Joseph Roisman | RA 1998 N. S. (2): 374-375 Jean-Charles Moretti | ZRG 1998 115: 684-687 Arnold Kränzlein | Archeologia 1997 48: 94-96 Aleksander Wolicki | CR 1999 N. S. 49 (2): 517-519 Nick Fisher | GGA 2001 253 (1-2): 32-36 Gerhard Thür; “Group and Single Competitions at the Panathenaia,” in Worshipping Athena: Panathenaia and Parthenon, ed. Jenifer Neils, Wisconsin Studies in Classics (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996) 95-105; “Some Modern Gestures in Ancient Greek Literature,” in ΠΡΑΚΤΙΚΑ: ΠΡΩΤΑ ΠΑΝΕΛΛΗΝΙΟ ΚΑΙ ΔΙΕΘΝΕΣ ΣΥΝΕΔΡΙΟ ΑΡΧΑΙΑΣ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗΣ ΦΙΛΟΛΟΓΙΑΣ, 23-26 ΜΑΪΟΥ 1994 = Acta: First Panhellenic and International Conference on Ancient Greek Literature, 23-26 May 1994, ed. Joannes-Theofanes A. Papademetriou (Athens: Elliniki Anthropistiki Etaireia, 1997) 419-29; “Antigone Nodding, Unbowed,” in The Eye Expanded: Life and the Arts in Greco-Roman Antiquity, ed. Frances B. Titchener and Richard F. Moorton (Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999) 19-23; When a Gesture Was Expected: A Selection of Examples from Archaic and Classical Greek Literature (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999). REVS: BMCRev 2000 (9): n.p. James J. Clauss | CJ 2000-2001 96 (1): 90-93 Christina Anne Clark | CW 2000-2001 94 (4): 414-415 Gregory Scott Aldrete | IJCT 2000-2001 7 (4): 590-592 Silvia Montiglio | CR 2002 N. S. 52 (1): 168-169 F. Stephen Halliwell | Mnemosyne 2002 Ser. 4 55 (6): 740-745 F. G. Naerebout | Phoenix 2001 55 (1-2): 166-168 Joanne Sonin | RBPh 2001 79 (1): 244-245 Pascale Hummel | LEC 2004 72 (1-2): 140-141 Pierre Bonnechère; “Acting Out Some Songs,” SyllClass 11 (2000) 1-15; “At Home: Lysias 1.23,” in Polis & Politics: Studies in Ancient Greek History Presented to Mogens Herman Hansen on his Sixtieth Birthday, August 20, 2000, ed. Pernille Flensted-Jensen, Thomas Heine Nielsen, Lene Rubinstein (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2000) 597-600; “Homer Thompson†,” Gnomon 73, 3 (2001) 284-6; “Kallimachos Epigram 28: What Does Echo Echo?,” NECJ 31,2 (2004) 121-3; Cavafy: 166 Poems (trans.) (Mt. Jackson, VA: Axios, 2009).

Festschrift: Gestures: Essays in Ancient History, Literature, and Philosophy presented to Alan L. Boegehold on the Occasion of His Retirement and Seventy-Fifth Birthday, ed. Geoffrey Bakewell & James P. Sickener (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2003). 


Before graduating from the Detroit Country Day School in 1944, Alan had enlisted in a program run by the U.S. Army, the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program, which during the second war sent men, normally of 17, to college campuses in the Army Reserve to study engineering. Alan and I were in this program and were stationed at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. We met on our first day in the program and formed a friendship at once, partly because we had both studied Latin in school. This friendship became our closest one in classics and endured until his death.

After service in the army, he returned to Ann Arbor, obtained a B.A. in  Classics, and went into business. I moved on to graduate school at Harvard and urged him in letters to come there, where he entered graduate school in Classics in 1952. At Harvard Alan and I became students of Sterling Dow, whose obituary we later wrote. Alan first taught Classics at the University of Illinois in 1957 and under Dow he wrote his doctor’s thesis at Harvard. In 1960 he moved to his permanent position at Brown. 

Alan’s second scholarly publication, 1960, was an article, “Aristotle’s Athenaion Politeia, 65.2: the ‘Official Token,’” in Hesperia,. the journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, known to all who have worked there as simply “the School.” This article is a model of what any young scholar might wish to achieve. He explained, for the first time, how the Athenians determined by allotment where jurors should sit during a trial, in such a way as to prevent verbal pressure or cheering for either side. Alan followed his austere style in general in his scholarly publications, over 50 refereed articles for scientific journals.

His first major work was The Lawcourts at Athens (Princeton 1995), vol. 28 of the series “The Athenian Agora” published by the School. Most of the book is by Alan; there are contributions by five American colleagues, and throughout the book precise observations in correspondence from scholars far and wide. There are photographs of the various objects used in the law courts and, indeed, everywhere an encyclopedic treatment of all physical aspects of the courts. Above all, there are over 100 pages of testimonia, namely catalogues, with translations from Greek and comments, of references in ancient literature to courts, and descriptions of remains of buildings that can be related to courts. This  book was formally launched with an international conference at New York University and speakers from Brown, Berkeley, Keele, and Milan.

There followed soon Alan’s  second major book, When a Gesture Was  Expected, which focuses on the gestures presumably performed when there seems to have been a break in the action or narrative, by characters in texts from Homer downward. Again and again he invites us, even forces us, to follow the original author’s conceptions of what takes place in the narrative. It is only fair to say that Alan has offered us a new technique for the reading and understanding of written texts. The name of the  book supplied the title for a Festschrift to Alan, Gestures, thirty articles by friends and colleagues following up his interpretations.

Throughout their years in Greece, Alan and Julie gained a deep love for the land and the people. They became fluent in modern Greek and now and then slipped away alone to some favorite valley for a day or two of solitude. Alan himself four times directed the summer tour of Greece, organized by the School and taken by visitors. As time went on, Alan was more and more recruited by various committees for the School. He was a Research Fellow in the Agora Excavations, a Visiting Professor, Chairman of the Managing Committee, and a Trustee of the School and of the Gennadius Library of Byzantine and later Greek literature. At a celebration in Athens for the 130th anniversary of the founding of the School, he was awarded the first Aristeia Award of the Alumni/ae Association, a kind of lifetime honor bestowed on those who have made significant contributions to the improvement and repute of the School.

Trained in Homeric poetry, Alan never lost touch with verse and even ventured to write poetry of his own. He published three slender volumes of highly personal poems (one group of four looking back twenty years to his father’s death), all illustrated in strong, daring modern paintings by George d’Almeida, a relative through marriage. On a higher level, he turned to the difficult poetry of Constantine Cavafy of Alexandria and in 2009 published his translations of 166 of Cavafy’s poems. 

 We often competed in squash and tennis, in which his son David, who lived in a building adjoining the home of Alan and Julie, sometimes took vigorous part. Our last singles match took place as we entered our 80s: one set all.

WhAm (2003); DAS 10:25; Boston Globe (8 November 2015).
Mortimer Chambers