May 06 2022

It is with great sadness that the Department of Classics reports the death of Professor Amanda Claridge. Amanda joined us in 2000 as a lecturer in Roman Archaeology. She already had a distinguished career as an excavator, mainly in Italy, and was an internationally-recognised expert on marble, the topography of the city of Rome, and ancient statuary. She had served with distinction as deputy director of the British School at Rome and had worked at the Institute of Archaeology in Oxford. 

After joining us, it was a matter of time before she was promoted to a chair. She led the successful development of the archaeology strands of the Classics curriculum and supervised numerous students through MA and PhD. Her work was internationally recognised, particularly in Italy, where she was the recipient of various awards and a member of distinguished academies. 

Perhaps her most influential work is her extraordinary archaeological guide to Rome, full of detail and yet with very clear explanations of the archaeology of the various buildings. Although not the height of her scholarship, it made the archaeology of the city accessible to those wandering its sites. 

Her research contributions were multiple but it is worth stressing her excavations at and publications about Castelporziano, an extraordinarily rich series of archaeological sites in parklands near Ostia, and her cataloguing and publication of the paper museum of Cassiano del Pozzo which is held as part of the Royal Collections. 

She was active in projects with archaeology colleagues in Classics and until very recently was still guiding her past PhD student to a successful completion of her degree. She is greatly missed by us all. 


Richard Alston

On behalf of the Department of Classics