Thomas G. Palaima
Thomas G. Palaima is a Mycenologist, the Raymond F. Dickson Centennial Professor and the founding director of the Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP. ) in the Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin
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Palaima was born in Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
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He received his B.A. from Boston College
Boston College
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 in Mathematics and Classics (1973) and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Palaima received a MacArthur fellowship 1985-90 for work on Aegean scripts and an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala in 1994. In this area of research he has focused on palaeography, scribal systems, and using the Linear B
Linear B
Linear B is a syllabic script that was used for writing Mycenaean Greek, an early form of Greek. It pre-dated the Greek alphabet by several centuries and seems to have died out with the fall of Mycenaean civilization...

 tablets to approach answers to questions about many aspects of how people lived in Greek prehistory.

His other interests include writing public intellectual commentaries (well over 200 since 1999 ), reviewing books on a broad range of subjects ancient and modern , and doing research, writing, teaching and public lecturing on how human beings, in groups or individually, create responses to the experience, direct or indirect, of war and violence. He also has done outreach teaching, including work with providing poverty-level adults the opportunity to return to higher education through an innovative program focusing on teaching the humanities.

He has written extensively on music, especially about about Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, musician, poet, film director and painter. He has been a major and profoundly influential figure in popular music and culture for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly...

 and his cultural influence.

He has also studied and written about problems with NCAA athletics within American institutions of higher education. From 2008 through 2011, he was the representative of the University of Texas at Austin on the national Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Books and on-line lectures

  • The Triple Invention of Writing in Cyprus and Written Sources for Cypriote History (Annual Lecture 2004: The Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation 2005).
  • [with E. Pope and F. Kent Reilly] Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Writing: The Parallel Lives of Michael Ventris and Linda Schele and the Decipherment of Mycenaean and Mayan Writing, Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, March 9–August 1, 2000 (Austin 2000).
  • edited Aegean Seals, Sealings and Administrations, Proceedings of the NEH-Dickson Conference of the Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory of the Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin January 11-13, 1989, Aegaeum 5 (Liège 1990).
  • edited [with C.W. Shelmerdine and P. Hr. Ilievski] Studia Mycenaea (1988), Ziva Antika Monographies No. 7 (Skopje 1989).
  • edited [with Y. Duhoux and J. Bennet] Problems in Decipherment, Bibliothèque des Cahiers de l'Institut de Linguistique de Louvain
    Cahiers de l'Institut de Linguistique de Louvain
    In the Cahiers de l'Institut de Linguistique de Louvain linguistics are seen in the most elaborated way, including traditional and contemporary problematics. A special reference is made to the borders of linguistics: anthropology, psychoanalysis, psychology, sociology, etc. The journal appears in...

    49 (Louvain-la-Neuve 1989).
  • The Scribes of Pylos, Incunabula Graeca 87 (Rome 1988).
  • edited [with J.-P. Olivier] Texts, Tablets and Scribes: Studies in Mycenaean Epigraphy and Economy in Honor of Emmett L. Bennett, Jr., Minos Supplement 10 (Salamanca 1988).
  • edited [with C.W. Shelmerdine] Pylos Comes Alive: Industry and Administration in a Mycenaean Palace, Papers of a Symposium of the Archaeological Institute of America and Fordham University (New York, 1984).

  • "Combat Trauma and the Ancient Stage" New York University Aquila Theatre Company April 2011.
  • "Debating the Cultural Evolution of War" with Steve Sonnenberg February 24, 2010.
  • "Debate: College Football" with Lino Graglia December 25, 2009.

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