The National Hellenic Society celebrates the work of Dr. John Camp and Dr. Elizabeth Fisher, two scholars who have contributed to some of the greatest archaeological excavations.
For 56 years, Dr. Camp contributed to and elevated the discoveries, research, and educational material of the ancient Agora of Athens. With unprecedented support from Dr. Fisher, who has excavated in Italy, Greece, and Ethiopia, they altered how we study archeology.
Dr. Camp, a graduate of Harvard and Princeton Universities, has been working at the Agora since 1966, first as an excavator, later as Assistant Director, and officially as: The Agora Excavations’ Director at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (ASCSA). He has served as a Professor of Classics at Randolph-Macon College and serves as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Professor of Classics at Randolph-Macon.
Dr. Fisher, a distinguished classical archeologist and scholar is also a professor of Classics and Archaeology at Randolph-Macon College. She earned her B.A. in Classical Greek from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, her M.A. in Classics from Florida State University, and her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Minnesota. She has excavated and researched a plethora of sites: in Hanover County, Virginia; Cetamura in Italy; Corinth, Kommos, Kavousi, Mitrou, Thebes, Iklaina, and Pylos in Greece, contributing to archeological discoveries and scholarly literature. She was also a Fulbright Scholarship recipient, a competitive award given to select American citizens to develop mutual understanding and improve intercultural relationships between the people of the United States and other countries by exchanging people, knowledge, and skills. In 2015-2016, she used her scholarship to teach and research in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Management at Aksum University in Ethiopia.
Dr. Camp’s and Dr. Fisher’s students recognize them as exceptional teachers and mentors; as academics, Dr. Camp and Dr. Fisher cultivated their interests in the connection between people and cultures, advancing the field of archaeology. Among Dr. Camp’s numerous awards, honors, and outstanding work, he is the recipient of the ASCSA’s prestigious Aristeia Award. The Aristeia Award honors ASCSA alumni for their exceptional service and extraordinary contributions to the ASCSA mission. Dr. Camp attributes his successes to his wife's unconditional love and support as a partner and scholar.
Dr. Camp and Dr. Fisher have also appeared on the NHSTalks stories, a series of exclusive presentations on topics designed to inform, educate, guide, and inspire NHS’s members and guests, discussing their lifelong work and love for Greek history. In addition to cultivating relationships between institutions in Greece and America, Dr. Camp also brought people together. He strengthened NHS’s mission to educate and spread Hellenic culture by extending an invitation to NHS’s co-founder and Chairman George M. Marcus to join the ASCSA board. NHS strives to build and maintain these relationships, serving an ever-growing student body with a thirst for knowledge and wisdom equivalent to Dr. Camp’s and Dr. Fisher’s.
As a proponent of Hellenism and the ancient Greek value of excellence, the NHS is committed to helping people understand their heritage and celebrating those who represent our forefathers' humanistic values and ideals. The NHS honors Dr. Camp and Dr. Fisher as ambassadors of the past, philhellenes, distinguished scholars, and endowers of knowledge and passion to all who follow them.