Cynthia Shelmerdine

Affiliation: Classics
Research Associate in Classics
Cynthia W. Shelmerdine is Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor of Classics, emerita at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research specialties are Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, and the language, history and society of Mycenaean Greece. She has published extensively on the history and culture of prehistoric Greece and Crete. . Her recent publications include The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age (Cambridge 2008, editor and contributor). She is currently working on a book about Mycenaean Greek society. Professor Shelmerdine is a ceramic and historical expert for the Iklaina Archaeological Project (University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Greek Archaeological Society). She also participated in the excavation of Nichoria by the Minnesota Messenia Expedition, and in the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College (A.B. 1970), the University of Cambridge (B.A. 1972, M.A. 1980), and Harvard University (Ph.D. in Classical Philology 1977).


  • PhD, Harvard University, 1977
  • MA, University of Cambridge, 1980
  • BA, University of Cambridge, 1972
  • AB, Bryn Mawr College, 1970