North American Scholar

JAMESON, Michael Hamilton

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1924-10-15
  • Born City: London
  • Born State/Country: England
  • Parents: Raymond D. & Rose Perel J.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2004-10-20
  • Death City: Palo Alto
  • Death State/Country: CA
  • Married: Virginia Broyles, 8 June 1946.
  • Education:

    A.B. U. of Chicago, 1942; Ph.D., 1949.

  • Professional Experience:

    Fulbright Scholar, in Greece, 1949-50; asst. prof. U. Missouri, 1950-3; Ford Foundation fell., Inst. Social Anthropology, Oxford, 1953-4; asst. prof. classical studies, U. of Pennsylvania, 1954-8; asso. prof., 1958-62; prof., 1962-76; res. asso. University Museum, 1959-94; chair, Graduate Group in Classical Studies, 1961-3; dean, Graduate School Arts & Sciences, 1966-8; chair, Graduate Group in Ancient History, 1968-76; prof. classics, Stanford, 1976-7; Edward Clark Crossett Prof. Humanistic Studies, 1977-90; vis. prof. Bryn Mawr, 1957-8; Haverford, 1963; memb., IAS (Princeton), 1970; vis. prof. Princeton, 1983; Colby Coll., 1976; U. of Toronto, 1979; Oberlin, 1983; prof, ASCSA, 1965-6; vis. fell., National Research Council, Odense U, 1993; Langford Vis. prof., Florida State U., 1994; D.M. Lewis Memorial Lectr., Oxford, 1996; Alexander B. Onassis Found. Fell., Athens, 1997; memb., American Academy of Arts & Sciences; American Philosophical Society; pres., APA, 1981.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Offering at Meals: Its Place in Greek Sacrifice" (Chicago, 1949).

  • Publications:

    “The Hero Echetlaeus, ” TAPA 82 (1951) 49-61 “Inscriptions of the Peloponnesos,” Hesperia 22 (1953) 148-71; “Seniority in the Strategia,” TAPA 86 (1955) 63-87; “Politics and the Philoctetes,” CP 51 (1956) 217-27; “The Vowing of a Pelanos,” AJP 77 (1956) 55-60; Sophocles, II : Ajax ; The Women of Trachis (trans.) withAjax trans. by J. Moore & Electra and Philoctetes trans. by D. Grene in The Complete Greek Tragedies: Sophocles II (Chicago: U. of Chicago Press, 1957) “Inscriptions of Karpathos,” Hesperia 27 (1958) 122-4; “Mycenaean Religion,” Archaeology 13 (1960) 33-9; “The Prehistory of Greek Sacrifice,” AJA 62 (1958) 223; “Inscriptions of Hermione, Hydra and Kasos,” Hesperia 28 (1959) 109-20; “A Decree of Themistokles from Troizen,” Hesperia 29 (1960) 198-223; “Waiting for the Barbarian. New Light on the Persian Wars,” G&R 8 (1961) 5-18; “The Themistokles Decree. Notes on the Text,” AJA 66 (1962) 368; “Palaeolithic in the Argolid,” with P.A. Bialor, AJA 66 (1962) 181-2; “A Revised Text of the Decree of Themistokles from Troizen,” Hesperia 31 (1962) 310-15; “The Provisions for Mobilization in the Decree of Themistokles,” Historia 12 (1963) 385-404; “The Provisions for Mobilization in the Decree of Themistokles,” in Akte des IV. internationalen Kongresses für griechische und lateinische Epigraphik (Wien, 17. bis 22. September 1962, μνήμης χάριν J. Keil (Cologne & Vienna: Böhlau, 1964) 174-9; “Notes on the Sacrificial Calendar from Erchia,” BCH 89 (1965) 154-72; “Halieis. Excavations at Porto Cheli,” AJA 71 (1967) 190; “Excavations at Porto Cheli and Vicinity, Preliminary Report: I: Halieis, 1962-1968,” Hesperia 38 (1969) 311-43; “Excavations at Porto Cheli, 1970,” AJA 75 (1971) 204; “Sophocles and the Four Hundred,” Historia 20 (1971) 541-68; “Excavations at Porto Cheli,” AD 26 (1971) Chron., 114-19; “Excavations at Porto Cheli. Excavations at Halieis.Final Report,” AD 27 (1972) Chron. 233-6; “Die archaischen Inschriften von Tiryns,” with I. Papachristodoulou, in Akten des VI. Internationalen Kongresses für Griechische und Lateinische Epigraphik, München 1972 (Munich: Beck, 1973) 421-5; “A Treasury of Athena in the Argolid (IG IV 554),” in Φόρος. Tribute to Benjamin Dean Meritt, ed. D.W. Bradeen & M.F. McGregor (Locust Valley, NY: Augustin, 1974) 67-75; “Archaic Inscriptions from Tiryns,” with N. Verdelis & I. Papachristodoulou, AE (1975) 150-205; “The Homeric Hymn to Demeter,” Athenaeum 54 (1976) 441-6; “A Greek Countryside. Reports from the Argolid Exploration Project,” Expedition 19, 1 (1976) 2-4; “Agriculture and Slavery in Classical Athens,” CJ 73 (1978) 122-45; “Apollo Lykeios in Athens,” Archaiognosia1 (1980) 213-36; Urban and Rural Land Division in Ancient Greece,” with T.W. Boyd, Hesperia 50 (1981) 327-42; “The Leasing of Land in Rhamnous,” in Studies in Attic Epigraphy, History, and Topography Presented to Eugene Vanderpool by Members of the American School of Classical Studies (Princeton: ASCSA, 1982) 66-74; “Famine in the Greek World,” in Trade and Famine in Classical Antiquity, ed. P. Garnsey & C.R. Whittaker (Cambridge: Cambridge Philol. Soc., 1983) 6-16; The Greek Historians. Literature and History. Papers Presented to A. E. Raubitschek (preface) (Saratoga, CA: ANMA Libri, 1985); “Labda, Lambda, Labdakos,” in Corinthiaca. Studies in honor of Darrell A. Amyx, ed. Mario A. Del Chiaro & William R. Biers (Columbia: U. of Missouri Press, 1986) 3-11; “Sacrifice and Animal Husbandry in Classical Greece,” in Pastoral Economies in Classical Antiquity, ed. C.R. Whittaker, PCPS Suppl. 14 (Cambridge: Cambridge Philol. Soc., 1988) 87-119; “Perseus, the Hero of Mykenai,” in Celebrations of Death and Divinity in the Bronze Age Argolid: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium at the Swedish Institute at Athens, 11-13 June, 1988, ed. Robin Hägg & Gullög C. Nordquist (Stockholm: Svenska Inst. i Athen ; Göteborg: Åström, 1990) 213-23; “Private Space and the Greek City,” in The Greek City from Homer to Alexander, ed. Oswyn Murray & Simon Price (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990) 171-95 French trans.: “L'espace privé dans la cité grecque,” in La cité grecque d'Homère à Alexandre, trans. Franz Regnot (Paris: Éd. La Découverte , 1992) 201-29); “Sacrifice before Battle,” in Hoplites: The Classical Greek Battle Experience, ed. Victor D. Hanson (London: Routledge, 1991) 197-227; “The Political and Socio-Economic Structure of the Greek Polis,” SIFC 10 (1992) 153-60; A lex sacra from Selinous, with David R. Jordan & Roy D. Kotansky, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Monographs 11 (Durham: Duke U. Press, 1993). REVS: AC 1996 65: 421-422 Francis Prost | Aevum 1996 70: 137-141 Federica Cordano | Aevum 1996 70 (1): 137-141 Federica Cordano | Athenaeum 1996 84 (2): 620-621 Laura Boffo | CR 1996 N. S. 46 (2): 281-282 Peter Kingsley | Gnomon 1997 69 (6): 562-564 Giacomo Manganaro | Phoenix 1995 49 (4): 366-367 Alexander John Graham | PP 1997 52 N° 295-297: 423-439 Federica Cordano | RStudFen 1995 23: 214-215 Sergio Ribichini | SCI 1996 15 : 293-301 John A. North | WS 1996 109: 284-286 Hans Schwabl | RBPh 1996 74 (1): 215-218 Luisa Moscati Castelnuovo; “Class in the Ancient Greek Countryside,” in Structures rurales et sociétés antiques: actes du colloque de Corfou (14-16 mai 1992), ed. Panagiotis N. Doukellis et Lina G. Mendoni (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1994) 55-63; “The Asexuality of Dionysus,” in Masks of Dionysus, ed. Thomas H. Carpentier & Christopher A. Faraone (Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 1993) 44-64; A Greek Countryside: The Southern Argolid from Prehistory to the Present Day, with a register of sites by Curtis N. Runnels and Mark Henderson Munn, with Tjeerd H. Van Andel (Stanford, CA: Stanford U. Press, 1994). REVS: AHR 1996 101 (4) : 1188-1189 Ian Morris ; AJA 1996 100 (1) : 165-169 Robin Osborne ; AJPh 1997 118 (2) : 333-335 Donald C. Haggis ; Antiquity 1996 70 N° 267 : 207-211 Susan E. Alcock ; AntJ 1996 76 : 283 Alan Johnson ; Athenaeum 1996 84 (2) : 618-620 Laura Boffo ; CR 1996 N. S. 46 (1) : 128-130 David W. J. Gill ; JFA 1997 24 (3) : 371-374 Cyprian Broodbank ; JHS 1996 116 : 230 M. Wagstaff ; JRA 1996 9 : 458-465 Jack L. Davis ; Gnomon 1999 71 (1) : 86-88 Christoph Auffarth; “Response,” in Classical Greece: Ancient Histories and Modern Archaeologies, ed. Ian Morris (Cambridge & New York: Cambridge U. Press, 1994) 193-6; “Theoxenia, in Ancient Greek Cult Practice from the Epigraphical Evidence: Proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Ancient Greek Cult, Organized by the Swedish Institute at Athens, 22-24 November 1991, ed. Robin Hägg (Sävedalen: Åström, 1994) 35-37 ; “The Ritual of the Athena Nike Parapet,” in Ritual, Finance, Politics: Athenian Democratic Accounts Presented to David Lewis, ed. Robin Osborne & Simon Hornblower (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994) 307-19; “Georges Daux (21 September 1899-23 December 1988),” PAPhS 139,1 (1995) 77-80; “Women and Democracy in Fourth-Century Athens,” in Esclavage, guerre, économie en Grèce ancienne : hommages à Yvon Garlan, ed. Pierre Brulé & Jacques Oulhen (Rennes: Presse universitaires de Rennes, 1997) 95-107; “Latinos and the Greeks,” with Irad Malkin, Athenaeum 86,2 (1998) 477-86; “Inscriptions from Cos and Oropus, ” CP 94 (1999) 321-4; “Antony Erich Raubitschek, 1912-1999,” AJA 103,4 (1999) 697-8; “The Spectacular and the Obscure in Athenian Religion,” in Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy, ed. Simon Goldhill & Robin Osborne (Cambridge & New York: Cambridge U. Press, 1999) 321-40; “Athens and Phaselis, IG I³ 10 (EM 6918),” Horos 14-16 (2000-2003) 23-9; “An Altar for Herakles,” 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 Presse, 2000) 217-27; “A Hero Cult at Halieis,” in ΙΘΑΚΗ: Festschrift für Jörg Schäfer zum 75. Geburtstag am 25. April 2001, ed. Stephanie Böhm & K.-V. von Eickstedt (Würzburg: Ergon-Verlag, 2001) 197-202; “Attic ἐσχατία,” in Ancient History Matters: Studies Presented to Jens Erik Skydsgaard on His Seventieth Birthday, ed. Karen Ascani et al. (Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider, 2002) 63-8; “On Paul Cartledge, The Political Economy of Greek Slavery,” in Money, Labour and Land: Approaches to the Economies of Ancient Greece, ed. Paul Cartledge et al. (London: Routledge, 2002) 167-74; “Mapping Greek Cults,” in Chora und Polis, ed. Frank Kolb (Munich: Oldenbourg, 2004) 147-83; Marian H. McAllister, The Excavations at Ancient Halieis Conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University. 1, The Fortifications and Adjacent Structures with contributions by Jameson, James A. Dengate, & Frederick A. Cooper (Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 2005); Cults and Rites in Ancient Greece: Essays on Religion and Society, ed. Allaire B. Stallsmith; intro. by Paul Cartledge (Cambridge & New York: Cambridge U. Press, 2014). REVS: BMCRev 2015 (7): n.p. Ana Isabel Jiménez San Cristóbal | AC 2016 85: 403-4 Isabelle Tassignon.

  • Notes:

    Michael Jameson spent his early years in Beijing where his father was a professor of western literature at the University of Peking (now Beijing). He remembered meeting as a child scholars like I.A. Richards and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. After the divorce of his parents in 1935, he moved with his mother to London, England, where he began the study of Greek and Latin in the City of London schools. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago at the age of 17. It was in a class on Thucydides in 1942 that he met Virginia Broyles, who was to become his wife after his discharge from service in the U.S. Navy as a Japanese translator (1943-6). They were happily married for 58 years and produced four sons.

    There are few areas of Greek studies that Michael Jameson’s fertile and inquisitive mind did not try to explore. In his classroom lectures and seminars as well as in his well over 60 articles he showed the interrelations between religion and locality, traditional text and inscription, literature and history. His written contributions to all these fields extend to well over half a century. He saw any given problem three-dimensionally; that made his oeuvre a series of intensive and brilliant studies of whatever aspect of a given problem presented itself to his mind at any given time.  Yet it is possible to see three primary strands in his scholarly contributions. There is, in the first place, his interest in Greek religion; second, his epigraphical work, which includes major contributions to Greek political and social history; and third, his exploration of the land, which encompasses both his excavations, especially at Halieis, and his pioneering work in organizing an ecological study of the Argolid. These three strands do not mark different periods in the development of his scholarly interests; rather, they underlie the work that characterizes his entire scholarly career.

  • Sources:

    Martin Ostwald, PAPhS 151,1 (March 2007) 113-23; James A. Dengate, AJA 109 (2005) 77-80; WhAm 47 (1992-3); Edward Cohen, CW 98,4 (Summer 2005) 441-3.

  • Author: Martin Ostwald