David Gordon Mitten, PhD

James C. Loeb Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, Emeritus, Harvard University
Professor David Mitten received his BA in Latin from Oberlin College in 1957 and an MA in classical archaeology from Harvard University in 1958. He spent two years at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece first as a Fulbright Scholar, second as an Edward Capps Fellow, and excavated for two seasons at the Isthmian Sanctuary of Poseidon under Professor Oscar Broneer. His doctoral dissertation explored the terracotta figurines from the Isthmian Sanctuary, whereupon he received his PhD in classical archaeology from Harvard University in 1962. He was appointed as an Instructor in Art History in 1963, the Francis Jones Assistant Professor of Archaeology in 1964, and the James Loeb Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology in 1969. He spent nearly 18 years as an excavator and later Associate Director at the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis in western Turkey from 1959 to 1965, and then from 1967 to 1969. He was appointed Curator of Ancient Art and Coins in 1975 and served the Harvard University Art Museums until his first retirement in 1995. He taught for 49 years at Harvard and continues to co-teach with Professor Kimberly Patton at the Harvard Extension School.


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