Participation in an academic panel at the University of the Peloponnese
May 4, 2018
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May 18, 2018

Judith Binder’s Opus Magnum

The first introductory paragraph of Judith Binder’s study; at bottom right, her handwriting.

Dr. Judith Perlzweig Binder (1921-2013) settled in Athens in 1952. After a long-term collaboration with the American School of Classical Studies, she remained Senior Associate Member of the School until 2008 when she left for Germany. Binder studied the lamps of the Agora (Lamps of the Roman Period: First to Seventh Centuries after Christ - The Athenian Agora VII, 1961), however she is mostly known for her deep knowledge of Athenian topography.

Her lifetime project The Monuments and Sites of Athens: A Sourcebook, which she entrusted to us unpublished when she left Athens, is essentially a research tool that collects all sources (ancient written sources and archaeological data) on Athenian topography and the history of archaeological research in the city.

Judith Binder draws her information on the rescue excavations in Athens from the Archaiologikon Deltion. In this sense, her entries overlap partly with the project Mapping the Antiquities of Athens. After completing the latter at the end of 2019, the two projects could be interconnected so that Binder's entries obtain a spatial dimension in the digital map of ancient Athens.

Following the initiative of our collaborator epigraphist Robert Pitt and with the valuable help of historian/archaeologist Brady Kiesling, now Binder’s work is fully accessible and freely available in its hypertext version.

Binder's entries are now electronically linked with Pausanias’ Description of Greece (both in the original text and in English) also with most of the other ancient texts mentioned in her manuscript and with the corresponding inscriptions at the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) Greek Inscriptions. Furthermore, there are links to the relevant pages in Hesperia and The Athenian Agora series, as well as with the geographical locations in the ToposText app. There are also internal links for easier navigation between Binder’s entries and the bibliography. It should be noted, however, that her bibliography was last updated in 2005.

Click on the following link to see the book: The Monuments and Sites of Athens: A Sourcebook