October 2007: The Aleshire Center is pleased to announce two major new fellowships to support graduate students in all departments of the University of California at Berkeley for epigraphic research. For further details please see the Grants and Fellowships page.
In 2006 the Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy at the University of California, Berkeley received a handsome gift from an anonymous donor. Included were 225 paper squeezes of very high quality of many of the financial accounts and inventories of Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. now housed in the Epigraphical Museum and the Stoa of Attalos in Athens and in the British Museum. Some of these are very large and record the texts of tall stelai. Also in the gift are 116 professional photographs mainly of Athenian financial documents and treasury records of the classical period. Most of these were taken by the superb photographers working in the Epigraphical Museum in Athens. Also, we received 11 epigraphical books, all of them out of print and difficult to find, and a number of epigraphical offprints bearing signatures of leading scholars in this field. Finally, there were in the gift several notes on and transcriptions of Attic inscriptions made in the early to middle years of the 20th century and some items of personal correspondence of scholars working on Athenian financial documents such as A. M. Woodward and D. M. Lewis. These would appear to have significant archival value.
The Sara B. Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy at the University of California, Berkeley is the grateful recipient of a bequest from the Estate of Professor Michael H. Jameson of Stanford University consisting of 308 paper and latex squeezes of Greek inscriptions. All were made by Professor Jameson and many preserve a record of inscriptions that he and Mrs. Jameson discovered and studied during their field work in the northeastern Peloponnesos in the 1950’s and 1960’s, including his own battered squeeze of the Themistokles Decree. Several of these stones are now lost. Included are also some inscriptions found in the Agora Excavations and others now in the Epigraphical Museum in Athens. There are also a few superb drawings of such inscriptions as the archaic laws from Tiryns (SEG XXX 380) and the famous lex sacra on lead from Selinous (SEG XLIII 630).
The Aleshire Center is in the process of inventorying all of these valuable items from both collections, and integrating them into our epigraphical library, squeeze and offprint collection, and photographic archive. For further information please consult Professor Nikolaos Papazarkadas, Department of Classics, 7233 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley CA 94720-2520.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE ALESHIRE CENTER: Professor Nikolaos Papazarkadas, Classics (Chair) | Professor Emily Mackil, History | Professor Donald J. Mastronarde, Classics | Professor Andrew Stewart, History of Art | Professor Ronald S. Stroud, Classics | Derin McLeod, Classics (Graduate Representative)