Aegean Prehistorian – The Rise, Florescence and Collapse of Ancient Civilizations; Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece; Chronology of Egypt, the Near East and the Aegean in the Bronze and Early Iron Age; Homer and History.
Married Carolyn Talbot Seely; children: Kate, Elizabeth, Thomas, Jonathan.
Born Tsingtao, China, July 3, l935; B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard College, 1957; Ensign/Lt. (jg) U.S.N., 1957-60; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1963. Practice of law, 1963-70, International, Corporate and Non-Profit law. General Counsel, Archaeological Institute of America, 1968-1976; Advisor, United States Department of State, International Convention on Illicit Traffic in Antiquities. Investment management, 1971-97; Chairman, The Millburn Corporation, 1977-97, ShareInVest, 1982-97. President and Founder, Institute for Aegean Prehistory, 1981-; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2012-; Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.
Litt.D. (hon.) University of Sheffield, 1997; Ph.D. (hon.) Eberhard-Karl University, Tubingen, 1998; D. (hon.) University of Athens, 1998; D.H.L. (hon.) University of Cincinnati, 2007; D.Sc. (hon.) University College London, 2009; D.A. (Doctorate of Archaeology) (hon.) Dickinson College, 2013; D.Sc. (hon.), University of Arizona, 2014; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of London; Foreign Corresponding Member, Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities; Foreign Corresponding Member, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften; Ring of Honour, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz; Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France); Corresponding Member, Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts; Corresponding Member, Austrian Archaeological Institute; Honorary Fellow for Life, Archaeological Institute of America; Honorand of Festschrift published by the Université de Liège entitled Meletemata: Studies in Aegean Archaeology Presented to Malcolm H. Wiener as He Enters His 65th Year; Honorand of an International Conference organized by the Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus, 1998: The White Slip Ware of Late Bronze Age Cyprus; Honorand, 11th International Cretological Congress, 2011; Recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology, 2013; Recipient of the Gold Cross of the Order of Honor, Greece, 2014.
Author: “Crete and the Cyclades in LM I: The Tale of the Conical Cups”, The Minoan Thalassocracy: Myth and Reality, 1984; “Trade and Rule in Palatial Crete”, The Function of the Minoan Palaces, 1987; “The Isles of Crete? The Minoan Thalassocracy Revisited”, Thera and the Aegean World III, Vol. 1, Archaeology, 1990; “Round-Table Comments”, Aegean Seals, Sealings and Administration, Aegaeum 5, 1990; “The Nature and Control of Minoan Foreign Trade”, Bronze Age Trade in the Mediterranean, Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 90, 1991; Co-author (with James M. Allen), “Separate Lives: The Ahmose Tempest Stela and the Theran Eruption”, Journal of Near Eastern Studies 57, No. 1, January 1998;“The Absolute Chronology of Late Helladic IIIA2”, Sardinian and Aegean Chronology, 1998; “Present Arms / Oars / Ingots: Searching for Evidence of Military or Maritime Administration in LM IB”, POLEMOS: Le contexte guerrier en égée à l’âge du bronze, Aegaeum 19, 1999; “The White Slip I of Tell el-Dab‘a and Thera: Critical Challenge for the Aegean Long Chronology”, The White Slip Ware of Late Bronze Age Cyprus, Proceedings of an International Conference Organized by the Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation, Nicosia in Honour of Malcolm H. Wiener, 2001; “Report on the Final General Discussion: Introductory Remarks”, LH III C Chronology and Synchronisms, 2003; “Time Out: The Current Impasse in Bronze Age Archaeological Dating”, METRON: Measuring the Aegean Bronze Age, Aegaeum 24, 2003; “The Absolute Chronology of the Late Helladic IIIA2 Revisited,” BSA 98, 2003; “Chronology Going Forward (With a Query about 1525/4 B.C.)”, Timelines: Studies in Honour of Manfred Bietak, 2006; “Pots and Polities”, Pottery and Society: The Impact of Recent Studies in Minoan Pottery, Gold Medal Colloquium in Honor of Philip P. Betancourt, 2006; “Egypt and Time”, Egypt and the Levant 16, 2006; Malcolm H. Wiener et al. (eds.), Pottery and Society, The Impact of Recent Studies in Minoan Pottery, Gold Medal Colloquium in Honor of Philip P. Betancourt, 104th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, New Orleans, Louisiana (5 January 2003), 2006; “Palatial Potters in Mycenaean Greece”, Stephanos Aristeios: Archäologische Forschungen zwischen Nil und Istros. Festschrift für Stefan Hiller zum 65. Geburtstag, 2007; “Times Change: The Current State of the Debate in Old World Chronology”, Proceedings of the 2nd EuroConference of “SCIEM 2000”, 2007; “Homer and History: Old Questions, New Evidence”, EPOS: Reconsidering Greek Epic and Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology, Aegaeum 28, 2007; “Neopalatial Knossos: Rule and Role”, Krinoi kai Limenes: Studies in Honor of Joseph and Maria Shaw, 2007; “The State of the Debate about the Date of the Theran Eruption”, Time’s Up: Dating the Minoan Eruption of Santorini, 2009; “Cold Fusion: The Uneasy Alliance of History and Science” and Thera Discussion: “M.H. Wiener’s Reply to the Papers by Manning et al. and Friedrich et al.” and “M.H. Wiener’s Response to the Friedrich et al. and Manning et al. Responses”, Tree-Rings, Kings, and Old World Archaeology and Environment: Papers Presented in Honor of Peter Ian Kuniholm, 2009.; “Locating Ahhiyawa”, DORON: Timetikos Tomos gia ton Kathegete Spyro Iakovide, 2009; “A Point in Time”, Cretan Offerings: Studies in Honour of Peter Warren (BSA Suppl. 18), 2010; “Carl William Blegen (1887–1971)”, “Sir Arthur John Evans (1851–1941)”, and “Mycenae”, Homer Encyclopedia, 2011; “Conical Cups: From Mystery to History”, Our Cups Are Full: Pottery and Society in the Aegean Bronze Age. Studies in Honor of Jeremy B. Rutter, 2011; “Problems in the Measurement, Calibration, Analysis and Communication of Radiocarbon Dates (with Special Reference to the Prehistory of the Aegean World)”, Proceedings of the 6th Radiocarbon and Archaeology International Symposium, Pafos, Cyprus, April 10-15, 2011, Radiocarbon 54, 2012; “’Minding the Gaps’, Gaps, Destructions and Migrations in the Early Bronze Age Aegean: Causes and Consequences”, AJA 117, 2013; “Realities of Power: The Minoan Thalassocracy in Historical Perspective”, AMILLA: The Quest for Excellence. Studies Presented to Guenter Kopcke in Celebration of His 75th Birthday, 2013; “Contacts: Crete, Egypt, and the Near East circa 2000 B.C.”, Cultures in Contact: From Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean in the Second Millennium B.C., 2013; “Radiocarbon Dating of the Theran Eruption”, Proceedings of the 38th International Symposium on Archaeometry, May 10th–14th 2010, Tampa, Florida. Open Journal of Archaeometry Vol. 2:5265, 2014; “The Interaction of Climate Change and Agency in the Collapse of Civilizations ca. 2300-2000 BC“, Radiocarbon 56(4) / Tree-Ring Research 70(3), 2014, S1–16; “Dating the Emergence of Historical Israel in Light of Recent Developments in Egyptian Chronology”, Tel Aviv 41, 2014; “Dating the Theran Eruption: Archaeological Science Versus Nonsense Science”, Israel’s Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective, 2015; “The Mycenaean Conquest of Minoan Crete”, The Great Islands: Studies of Crete and Cyprus Presented to Gerald Cadogan, 2015; “Aegean Warfare at the Opening of the Late Bronze Age in Image and Reality”, METAPHYSIS. Ritual, Myth and Symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age, Aegaeum, Vol. 39, 2016; “Oh, No—Not Another Chronology!” The Art and Culture of Ancient Egypt: Studies in Honor of Dorothea Arnold, Bulletin of the Egyptological Seminar 19, 2015; “Beyond the Versailles Effect: Mycenaean Greece and Minoan Crete”, RA-PI-NE-U: Studies on the Mycenaean World Offered to Robert Laffineur for His 70th Birthday, Aegis10, 2016, pp. 365–378; “Helladic Pairs of Cups”, Studies in Aegean Art and Culture. A New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium in Memory of Ellen N. Davis, 2016, pp. 11–26; “Picasso and the Cuban Missile Crisis”, Apollo, October 2001; “The Antitrust and Opinions of Judge Learned Hand: the Court as Economist” (Thesis, privately printed). Forthcoming: “The Mycenaean World and Homer”; “Minoan Colonization”; “The Depopulation of Late Minoan Crete: Contexts and Causes”; “Causes of Complex Systems Collapse in the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia and Italy at the End of the Bronze Age”.
Simpson Lectures at Yale University (2009); occasional lecturer at the Universities of Heidelberg, Tübingen, Vienna, Salzburg, Warsaw and New York (Institute of Fine Arts).
Trustee Emeritus, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Honorary Trustee, Bruce Museum. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Chair, Independent Task Force on “Non-lethal Technologies: Military Implications and Options”, 1995. Member of advisory boards, The Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the Malcolm Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
Office: Villa Candia, 66 Vista Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830