Congratulations: a book and a doctor

Dr Lesley Beaumont at the launch of her book, 'Childhood in Ancient Athens'
Dr Lesley Beaumont at the launch of her book, ‘Childhood in Ancient Athens’; © PHM; photo by Irma Havlicek
by Irma Havlicek
Powerhouse Museum Online Producer

Yesterday evening, some of us from the Zagora team attended the launch of the book, ‘Childhood in Ancient Athens: Iconography and Social History’, by Dr Lesley Beaumont (one of the three leaders, with Professor Margaret Miller and Dr Stavros Paspalas, of the Zagora Archaeological Project).

Professor Matthew Dillon from the University of New England said in his launch speech that this book will undoubtedly become a key reference for many years to come on the iconography of children in ancient Athens. He praised the book for being not only an authoritative academic work but also a ‘page-turner’, and also for the large number of photographs reproduced in the book.

Some of us who had worked at Zagora in this last archaeological season (October/November 2012) attended the launch, at which we heard the good news that Hugh Thomas had been advised last week that he had been awarded his Ph. D so he is now Dr Hugh. His earlier post has information about his specialisation on dead people.

But, back to the living – it was lovely to catch up with some members of the Zagora team. I wanted to get Lesley into our Zagora group shot – but as the star of the show, she was in hot demand, and I didn’t feel I could drag her away from the people who were talking to her. She, along with the other Zagora team members who could not be present, are in the group photo in spirit. Congratulations, Lesley and Hugh.

Zagora team members at 'Childhood in Ancient Athens' book launch, 12 December 2012
Zagora team members at the ‘Childhood in Ancient Athens’ book launch; from left: Meg Dains, Dr Hugh Thomas, Irma Havlicek, Ivana Vetta, Andrew Wilson, Jane McMahon, Rudy Alagich, Dr Paul Donnelly, Stephanie Sneddon

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