Department notes the passing of former Biggs Resident

Ross Holloway served as Biggs Resident in 1997, when the Residency was in its early years

The Department of Classics has learned of the passing of one of our Biggs Family Residents, Professor Ross Holloway of Brown University. He will be remembered as a pioneer in archaeology and as a gracious guest of our department on two occasions, most recently the 2018 Biggs Residency Reunion.

R. Ross Holloway was the Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Brown University. He received his B.A. from Amherst College, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton. He taught at Brown from 1964 until his retirement in 2006 and founded the independent center for Mediterranean archaeology at Brown, now the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. His publications cover the areas of the archaeology of Italy and Sicily, ancient art, and numismatics, and include Italy and the Aegean: 3000-700 B.C.; The Archaeology of Early Rome and Latium, Routledge; Constantine and Rome; Influences and Styles in the Late Archaic and Early Classical Greek Sculpture of Sicily and Magna Graecia; Ripostigli del Museo Archeologico di Siracusa; and Ancient Greek Coins: Catalogue of the Classical Collection, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. 

He was cofounder and president of the Association for Field Archaeology, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Field Archaeology and the American Journal of Archaeology. Among his many honors and awards were the Gold Medal of the Archaeological Institute of America in 1995, the Citation for which stated “Through his excavations, publications, teaching, professional service, and especially through his prolonged scholarly dialogue and thought-provoking ideas, Ross Holloway has made a significant impact on the field.”

Professor Holloway held honorary doctorates from Amherst and the Catholic University of Louvain and was a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute; an honorary member of the Royal Belgian Numismatic Society; Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (London), Fellow of the American Academy in Rome; foreign member of the Italian Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Studies (Florence); and foreign member of the National Institute of Italic and Etruscan Studies (Florence). A Festschrift, Koine: Mediterranean studies in honor of R. Ross Holloway, was published in his honor in 2009.