Homer A. and Dorothy B. Thompson Lectureship

Homer A. Thompson was Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. From 1947 to 1967, Professor Thompson was Field Director of the Agora excavations in Athens. His wife, Dorothy Burr Thompson, was for many years a member of the staff of the Agora excavations. She is an authority on ancient Greek figurines and ancient gardens.

The Princeton Society of the AIA was the principal initiator of the Thompson Lectureship Fund in 1987. Friends of Homer and Dorothy Thompson contributed to the endowment to honor them for their outstanding contribution to classical archaeology. 

Scholars who hold the Thompson Lectureship are generally selected with consideration to the Thompsons' lifelong interest in Greek minor arts and the topography of Greece, though others may be selected as well. The Thompson Lecturer is chosen by the AIA Lecture Program Committee.

The Thompson Lecturer annually visits the Princeton Society and one other. 


April 24, 2020
Emilia OddoTulane UniversityProgram in Archaeology


4:30pm ∙ 106 McCormick Hall

September 28, 2018
Claire LyonsThe GettyProgram in Archaeology

Painting Etruscan Tombs and Temples

4:30 pm ∙ 106 McCormick  Hall 

Cosponsor: Archaeological Institute of America
sep28Lyons AIA lecture
October 5, 2017
Sheramy BundrickUniversity of South Florida St. PetersburgThe Thompson Lecture

The Lost Lives of Greek Vases

4:30 PM ∙ 106 McCormick Hall

Cosponsor: Archaeological Institute of America
March 2, 2017
Carl Knappett University of TorontoProgram in Archaeology

Investigating a Minoan Coastal Town in East Crete: New Work at Palaikastro, 2012-16

4:30 PM ∙ 106 McCormick Hall

February 29, 2016
Tyler Jo SmithUniversity of VirginiaArchaeological Institute of America Thompson Lecture

Black-Figure on the Black Sea: Athenian Pottery from Berezan

106 McCormick Hall, 5:00 pm

Cosponsor: Archaeological Institute of America
Tyler Jo Smith