Susan Lupack


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Susan Lupack was awarded her B.A. with honours in Classics from New York University, and then her M.A. in Latin and her Ph.D. in Classics, with a specialty in Greek and Roman Archaeology, from the University of Texas at Austin.  During her graduate career, she spent two years at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens working on her doctoral thesis, “The Role of the Religious Sector in the Economy of Late Bronze Age Mycenaean Greece,” the first year with a Fulbright Fellowship, and the second as an American School Capps Fellow. After obtaining her doctorate, she was awarded a year-long postgraduate fellowship by the Institute of Aegean Prehistory, which she used to turn her thesis into a book.  Since that time, Susan has published many articles and book chapters on Minoan and Mycenaean economy and society, including two chapters in the Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean: “Minoan Religion” and “Mycenaean Religion.” 


Susan is also an active field archaeologist, and has worked on projects in Italy, Israel, Cyprus, and Greece, including the Pylos Regional Archaeological Survey and the Athenian Agora Excavations.  Since 2006 she has been working on the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project, from 2006 to 2012 as co-director and since then as a Senior Ceramics Analyst, for which she and her co-directors were awarded a major five-year grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.  Susan has taught at Brooklyn College, University College London, and the University of Pennsylvania, and from June 2013 to February 2017 she held the position of Editor of Hesperia, The Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. She was very happy to join the Ancient History Department of Macquarie University in February 2017, where she endeavours to bring her enthusiasm for the ancient world to her students in Greek archaeological and language classes. She has recently finished editing the “Homeric World” section of the new Cambridge Homer Encyclopedia (Cambridge University Press), and she has begun work on her next book, Mycenaean Religion.

External positions

Reviewer, American Journal of Archaeology

2017 → …

Editor, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

2006 → …

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Projects 2019 2023

PPAP: Perachora Peninsula Archaeological Project

Lupack, S., Kasimi, G., Ross, S., Beck, H., Skuse, M. & Sobotkova, A.


Project: Research

Research Outputs 1998 2020

Deciphering Linear B

Lupack, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Non-traditional research outputDigital or Visual productsResearch

Religious Continuity from the Late Bronze Age into the Iron Age and Beyond

Lupack, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Collapse and Transformation: The Late Bronze Age/Early Iron in the Aegean. Middleton, G. (ed.). Oxford: Oxbow Books

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

The Archaic and Classical Pottery of Eleon

Lupack, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Reports from the 2011–2016 Excavations at Ancient Eleon. Burns, B. & Burke, B. (eds.). University of Toronto Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

The experience of religion in Mycenaean Greece

Lupack, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Ancient History Magazine, 26.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Introduction to the Homeric world

Lupack, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Cambridge guide to Homer. Lupack, S., Pache, C., Due, C. & Lamberton, R. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 219-224 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript/introductionResearch

Activities 2016 2020

New Work on the Perachora Peninsula: The Sanctuary of Hera and Its Eastern Connections

Susan Lupack (Speaker)
29 Nov 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Archaeological Institute of America James Wisemand Book Award Committee (External organisation)

Susan Lupack (Member)
Jan 2020Dec 2022

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Deputy Director, Research for Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies

Susan Lupack (Participant)
Oct 2019Dec 2021

Activity: Other

The University of Texas at Austin

Susan Lupack (Visiting researcher)
13 Sep 201920 Sep 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Trinity University

Susan Lupack (Visiting researcher)
25 Sep 201926 Sep 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution