Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics


Eleni Hatzaki has been awarded a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship for the academic year 2013-14. This prestigious Fellowship is supported by the income from sales of books in the Loeb Classical Library, the ubiquitous small green and red volumes with ancient text on one page, English translation on the opposite. The Fellowship will provide academic leave for completing the primary publication of Eleni’s current fieldwork project (Little Palace North), an excavation at the famous Bronze Age site of Knossos on Crete, Greece.

Her study aims to enhance our understanding of urban activities at Minoan Knossos. The project focuses on the area north of the Little Palace, the largest elite building so far excavated at the site other than the Palace, located in the public-elite core of the Late Bronze Age (1600-1100 B.C.) town. By testing new against older excavations conducted in the 1900s by British Archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, and in the 1970s by Mervyn Popham (Eleni’s Oxford DPhil supervisor, who taught at UC Classics in the early 1970s), this project aims to define how the space around the Little Palace was used and by whom. New excavations occurred in 2001 and 2002, and produced 3 tons of fragmentary pottery excavated in over 450 stratigraphical units associated with 6 successive architectural phases. Although Eleni has been studying the finds since the end of the excavation (together with an international team of specialists), the Loeb Fellowship will give her much needed time to bring it all together.

The results of this project will provide new information about the development of the prehistoric town of Knossos. The old and new evidence together show that the urban landscape of Knossos underwent various drastic changes between 1600-1100 B.C., which contradicts the prevailing view first proposed by Sir Arthur Evans of an unaltered urban layout for the duration of Late Bronze Age Knossos. Since Evans’ view of limited change at urban Knossos provided a model for understanding contemporary sites in Crete, the results from Eleni’s study prompt a re-examination of urban development in other Cretan settlements with long and complex occupation sequences.

In addition to the Loeb Foundation, the project is funded by the Louise Taft Semple Fund through the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, and runs under the aegis of the British School at Athens with the permission of the Greek Ministry of Culture. Publication is planned in a series of peer-reviewed articles.

UC Classics faculty have a long history with the Loeb Classical Libary Foundation and have won five of these fellowships in the last decade.