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  • Print publication year: 2016
  • Online publication date: May 2017

18 - Anthony in Edinburgh

from Section VI The Scholar in the University and in the Field: Personal Histories


Anthony served in the University of Edinburgh for fifteen years from 1961 to 1976. These were crucial years for his development as a scholar and as an archaeologist. What I have to say about the Edinburgh years is essentially in two parts, one more serious, the other more light-hearted, but I hope that both together will help to illuminate the man in Edinburgh.

In the 1960s and 1970s Classics at Edinburgh was organised in four separate departments, and I was in Greek, housed in the relatively new David Hume Tower on the eastern side of George Square. Anthony's department, Classical Archaeology, was some distance away, in older accommodation (built 1769–74) on the other side of the Square. There, in a shed in a small garden area behind the building, was kept a cast collection of ancient sculptures. You will be pleased to know, Anthony, that these casts have recently been rescued, cleaned and set up in pleasant surroundings to adorn the new and handsome accommodation for Classics in a building that once housed the Medical School of the University.

In the course of his first ten years in Edinburgh Anthony published Early Greek Armour and Weapons in 1964, and Arms and Armour of the Greeks in 1967. The Dark Age of Greecegreeted my arrival in 1971, and Archaic Greece: The Age of Experiment was in preparation (it was published in 1980, after he went to Cambridge). The first and third of these volumes were handsomely crafted and published by the Edinburgh University Press, and you will no doubt remember, Anthony, the ebullient Secretary to the Press at that time, Archie Turnbull. You also acknowledged in your preface to The Dark Age the ‘patience, tact and trouble’ of the great editor Walter Cairns. Edinburgh University Press didn't just produce books, it produced works of art, and from a personal point of view I can say that this whole experience, both the inspiration of Anthony's intellectual achievements and also the insights into how one could transfer the results of one's researches onto the pages of a beautiful book, had a profound and lasting influence on me.