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Rutgers University where John H. Oakley received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
(In 1972 a large deposit of pottery and other finds from t...)
In 1972 a large deposit of pottery and other finds from the mid-5th century B.C. were found in a pit just west of the Royal Stoa in the Athenian Agora. It contained many fragments of figured pottery, more than half of which were large drinking vessels. 21 fragments were inscribed with a graffito known to be a mark of public ownership. The authors conclude that the pottery is refuse from one of the public dining facilities that served the magistrates of Classical Athens. The volume examines the archaeological context and chronology of the deposit and gives a detailed analysis of all the finds.
(Drawing on paintings on vases, with supporting evidence f...)
Drawing on paintings on vases, with supporting evidence from literature, reconstructs the entire wedding ceremony in ancient Athens, from the preparations to the rituals on the day after the wedding night. It also traces the evolution of the paintings from formal scenes of the procession to intimate portrays of the bride's preparations, which show women to be in possession of their own rituals and seduction methods.
(What was childhood like in ancient Greece? What activitie...)
What was childhood like in ancient Greece? What activities and games did Greek children embrace? How were they schooled and what religious and ceremonial rites of passage were key to their development? These fascinating questions and many more are answered in this groundbreaking book-the first English-language study to feature and discuss imagery and artifacts relating to childhood in ancient Greece. Coming of Age in Ancient Greece shows that the Greeks were the first culture to represent children and their activities naturalistically in their art.
(The Attic white lekythoi, funerary vases long appreciated...)
The Attic white lekythoi, funerary vases long appreciated for their beautiful polychrome images, evoke the style of lost classical wall and mural paintings. This richly illustrated volume closely examines the four major types of scenes: domestic pictures; the mythological conductors of the soul; the prothesis (wake); and visits to the grave. John Oakley analyzes these pictures in context, documenting relationships between the "rites of passage," Athenian history, and the changing perceptions of death in fifth-century Athens.
(This richly illustrated volume offers a fascinating intro...)
This richly illustrated volume offers a fascinating introduction to ancient Greek vases for the general reader. It presents vases not merely as beautiful vessels to hold water and wine, but also as instruments of storytelling and bearers of meaning. The first two chapters analyze the development of different shapes of pottery and relate those shapes to function, the evolution in vase production techniques and decoration, and the roles of potters, painters, and their workshops. Subsequent chapters focus on vases as the primary source of imagery from ancient Greece, offering unique information about mythology, religion, theater, and daily life.
John Oakley studied at Rutgers University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972, a Master of Arts degree in 1976 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1980.
After receiving a bachelor's degree, John Oakley did his military service in the United States Army from 1972 till 1980. During this time, he was a regular member and then an associate member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. In 1980 he joined the College of William and Mary as an assistant professor and became an associate professor in 1986, the position he held till 1993. That year he became professor of classical studies and Chancellor Professor.
Oakley held the position of Chair of Department of Classical Studies at College of William & Mary from 1989 till 1992 and from 2001 till 2005. From 2000 he is Forrest D. Murden Jr. Professor there. He was a visiting professor at some universities in the United States and abroad including the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Princeton University, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany, the University of Brussels in Belgium, and others.
Oakley is also known as an author of and a contributor to several works. Among his books are The Phiale Painter (1990), Debris from a Public Dining Place in the Athenian Agora (1992), The Wedding in Ancient Athens (1993), The Achilles Painter (1997), Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past (2003), Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi (2004), The Greek Vase: Art of the Storyteller (2013), and others. He contributed articles and reviews to scholarly journals, including Hesperia, Arts in Virginia, Classical World, Classical Review, Journal of Hellenic Studies, and American Journal of Archaeology.
(What was childhood like in ancient Greece? What activitie...)2003
(Drawing on paintings on vases, with supporting evidence f...)1993
(The Attic white lekythoi, funerary vases long appreciated...)2004
(This richly illustrated volume offers a fascinating intro...)2013
(In 1972 a large deposit of pottery and other finds from t...)1992
John Oakley is a member of the Archaeological Institute of America, Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Society for Classical Studies, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, American Academy in Rome, American Research Center in Sofia, Phi Beta Kappa, and other organizations. He is a member of the editorial committee of Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. He was a fellow of Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung at the University of Würzburg in 1988-1989 and in 1991-1992 and a fellow of National Endowment for the Humanities in 1997-1998. He was a member of archaeological excavations and surveys in Wroxeter and Kelvedon, England, Via Gabina, Rome, Corinth and Athens, Greece, and Khania, Crete.
John Oakley married Evi Gertrud Hessler on May 8, 1990. The marriage produced two children, Nicholas Todd and Jacob Travis.