David W. Rupp

Professor Emeritus, Greek Archaeology

AB (Michigan), MA (Penn), PhD (Bryn Mawr)

Director, Canadian Institute in Greece

David W. Rupp was a devoted member of the Department of Classics for thirty-five years from September 1974 to June 2004. During his tenure at Brock University, he created the undergraduate major in Ancient Art and Archaeology, developed the Archaeological Practicum in Cyprus, Israel and Greece, founded the Brock University Archaeological Society, led study tours in Greece, and cultivated departmental ties with other departments in the University.  He was active in many capacities in the Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

He has served his profession in various capacities in the Archaeological Institute of America, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute.

His field experiences are wide-ranging:  Michigan (aboriginal), Ontario (19thcentury red earthenware potteries, 19th/20th century gravestones), Italy (Etruscan cemeteries), Greece (Halieis, Petras, Khalasmenos), Cyprus (Canadian Palaipaphos Survey Project, Western Cyprus Project: Prastio-Agios Savvas tis Karonis Monasteri), and Israel (Tel Anafa).

His research interests are many and diverse:  Greek religious architecture (in particular altars), pedestrian survey archaeology, settlement patterns, Cypriote Chalcolithic period settlements, state formation in the Cypriote Iron Age, Athenian topography and monuments, Greek and Roman mosaics, growth of complex society in Pre- and Proto-palatial Minoan Crete, Proto- and Neo-palatial Minoan seal iconography and Late Minoan IIIC architecture. Over the years he has given regularly scholarly papers, published numerous articles, monographs, as well as contributed to edited volumes and collections. He is also the author of a guidebook to Athens.

From 2005 to 2010, he served as the President of Athens College – Psychiko College of the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation in Psychiko-Attikis, Greece. Since 2005, he has served as the Director of the Canadian Institute in Greece and contributes regularly to the Institute’s blog. He lives permanently in Athens.