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Boardman, John, Sir

    Image Credit: Books to the Ceiling

    Full Name: Boardman, John, Sir

    Other Names:

    • Sir John Boardman

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1927

    Place Born: Ilford, Redbridge, Greater London, England, UK

    Home Country/ies: United Kingdom

    Subject Area(s): ancient, Ancient Greek (culture or style), ceramic ware (visual works), Classical, Greek pottery styles, and pottery (visual works)


    Classical art historian, specialist in Greek pottery. Boardman was born to Frederick Archibald Boardman and Clara Wells (Boardman). He graduated from Magdalene College, Cambridge with a B. A. in 1948. He served in the Intelligence Corps, British Army, 1950-52, rising to second lieutenant. In 1951 he was awarded an M.A. (his highest degree) from Cambridge in 1951. The following year he married Sheila Joan Lyndon Stanford. Boardman was named assistant director at the British School at Athens, Athens, in1952. He participated in the excavations at Chios, 1953-55. In 1955 he left to become the assistant keeper (curator) at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University. He was named reader in Classical Archaeology at Oxford in 1959. He was named a fellow (subwarden) at Merton College in 1963. Boardman worked on a second dig at Tocra, Libya for the 1964-65 season. He was Visiting professor, Columbia University, in 1965. Boardman was named a British Academy fellow beginning in 1969. In 1978 he became Lincoln College Fellow and Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art. He named professor of ancient history, Royal Academy of Arts, in 1990. In 1994 Boardman became professor emeritus at Oxford.

    Selected Bibliography

    The Archaeology of Nostalgia: How the Greeks Re-created their Mythical Past. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2003; Archaic Greek Gems: Schools and Artists in the Sixth and Early Fifth Centuries B.C. London: Thames & Hudson, 1968; Athenian Black Figure Vases: a Handbook. London: Thames and Hudson, 1974; Athenian Red Figure Vases: the Archaic Period: a Handbook. London: Thames and Hudson, 1975; and Vollenweider, Marie-Louise. Catalogue of the Engraved Gems and Finger Rings [in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford]. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978ff.; The Diffusion of Classical Art in Antiquity. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994; and La Rocca, Eugenio. Eros in Greece. London: J. Murray, 1978; The Great God Pan: the Survival of an Image. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1998; edited, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae: (LIMC). 8 vols. (16 parts) Zürich: Artemis Verlag, 1981-1999; edited. and Griffin, Jasper, and Murray, Oswyn. The Oxford History of the Classical World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986; Pre-classical: from Crete to Archaic Greece. Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1967; The Parthenon and its Sculptures. London: Thames and Hudson, 1985; and Doerig, Jose, and Fuchs, Werner and Hirmer, Max. Die griechische Kunst. Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 1966, English, Greek Art and Architecture. New York: Abrams, 1967, [British title:] The Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece. London: Thames & Hudson, 1967.


    [transcript] John Boardman. Interviews with Art Historians, 1991-2002. Getty Research Institute, Malibu, CA.


    "Boardman, John, Sir." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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