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Walbank: Papers and the Collection of Epigraphic Squeezes of Michael Burke Walbank (1933-2018), classical epigrapher

Reference Code: GBR/3437/WLBK

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises 3,000 epigraphic squeezes (paper impressions) made by Dr Michale B. Walbank of Greek inscriptions excavated by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCS) in the Athenian Agora and other sites in Attica and Corinth, Greece. It also includes notebooks, correspondence, photographs, index cards and working papers which suppported research upon and publication of these inscriptions.


  • 1950-2018


Biographical / Historical

Michael Burke Walbank was born on14 April 1933 in Bristol, England. He read Classics at Britstol University, emigrating to Victoria, British Columbia as a young man and spending most of his professional life at the University of Calgary or in Greece. The focus of his academic work was on Attic inscriptions and the majority of his primary research was carried out in the Athenian Agora. He was a member of both the British School at Athens, from 1971, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He published extensively; Professor John McK. Camp II, Director of the Athenian Agora excavations wrote by email to Professor Walbank's widow Mary, on June 30, 2020, “In Hesperia, Michael had 23 articles; only two people wrote more, our giants, Homer Thompson and B. D. Meritt. That is an impressive record of scholarship, one to be proud of”. Professor Walbank also published three monographs: Athenian proxenies of the fifth century, BC (Toronto 1978); Inscriptions: Horoi, poletai records, leases of public lands, co-edited with Gerald V. Lalonde and Merle K. Langdon (Agora Excavations vol. 19, 1991); and Fragmentary decrees from the Athenian agora (Hesperia Supplement 38, 2008). Later in his career, Professor Walbank extended his research to the inscriptions of Roman Corinth, on which he published several articles, two co-authored with his wife Dr Mary Hoskins Walbank. He died on 25 May 2018 in Victoria, British Columbia.


12 linear metre(s) : paper, aluminium, latex, photographs, 1 squeeze brush

Language of Materials


Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Cambridge: Faculty of Classics Archives Repository

Faculty of Classics
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Cambridge CB3 9DA United Kingdom
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