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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, the first year with as a Fulbright Fellow, 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 (INSTAP), which she used to produce her first a book. Since that time, Susan has published many articles and book chapters on Minoan and Mycenaean economy, religion, 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. In January 2020 Susan held the first season of the Perachora Peninsula Archaeological Project, which she codirects with Panagiota Kasimi, the Director of Antiquities for the Corinthia; Shawn Ross is the project's Deputy Director. Susan is also working with Shawn Ross, Tanya Evans, and Lucy Taksa on a successful ARC Linkage Project investigating a 19th-century shale-mining community in Jamison Valley through archaeological and archival research complemented by oral histories. Prior to this Susan co-directed the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project from 2006 to 2012 and held the position of Senior Ceramics Analyst until 2018. In 2011, she and her co-directors were awarded a 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 for nearly four years (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 both in the classroom and now also in the field in Greece.

Among her recent publications is the new Cambridge Guide to Homer, for which she edited the “Homeric World” section and contributed a chapter, and a chapter on the continuity of religion from Mycenaean into Early Iron Age times in the volume edited by Guy Middleton, Transformation and Collapse (Oxbow Books). She is currently working on several other publications on Aegean religion while on sabbatical at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, and she has begun work on her next book, Mycenaean Religion: The Creation and Expression of a Society's Ideology.  She has also been working on a Ted Ed video learning lesson, The Decipherment of Linear B, which will be available soon!

External positions

Committee Member, Archaeological Institute of America

1 Jan 202031 Dec 2023

Reviewer, American Journal of Archaeology

2017 → …

Editor, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

2006 → …


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