T. Leslie Shear, Jr.

Professor Emeritus
Classical Archaeology


Ph.D., Princeton University, 1966

T. Leslie Shear’s particular interests lie in classical Greek architecture and epigraphy. He has worked extensively on the topography and monuments of classical Athens and was director of the excavations in the Athenian Agora from 1968 to 1994. He has recently completed the manuscript of a book on the Periclean building program in the 5th century BCE.

Selected Publications

“The Athenian Agora: Excavations of 1989–1993,” Hesperia 66 (1997).

“Bouleuterion, Metroon, and the Archives at Athens,” in Studies in the Ancient Greek Polis, Historia Einzelschriften 95, ed. Mogens Herman Hansen and Kurt Raaflaub (Steiner, 1995).

“They Made Athens a City of Equal Rights: The Agora and the Democracy,” in The Archaeology of Athens and Attica under the Democracy, ed. W. D. E. Coulson et al. (Oxbow Books, 1994).

“The Persian Destruction of Athens: Evidence from Agora Deposits,” Hesperia 62 (1993).

“The Demolished Temple at Eleusis,” in Studies in Athenian Architecture, Sculpture, and Topography Presented to Homer A. Thompson, Hesperia Supplement 20 (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1981).

Kallias of Sphettos and the Revolt of Athens in 286 B.C., Hesperia Supplement 17 (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1978).

“The Monument of the Eponymous Heroes in the Athenian Agora,” Hesperia 39 (1970).