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Andrew Wallace-Hadrill MA, DPhil, OBE, (born 1951, Oxford, England) is the Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and was formerly director of the British School at Rome.

Born in Oxford, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill is the son of the Mediaeval historian John Michael Wallace-Hadrill. An expert on Pompeii, Professor Wallace-Hadrill was awarded the Archaeological Institute of America's James R. Wiseman Award in 1995 for his book, Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (1994). He has written several other books including, Augustan Rome (1993) and Suetonius: the Scholar and his Caesars (1985). Edited volumes by Professor Wallace-Hadrill include (with R. Laurence) Domestic Space in the Roman World: Pompeii and Beyond (1997) and (with J.W. Rich) City and Country in the Ancient World (1991).

In 2004, in an interview on the Australian television programme 60 Minutes, Wallace-Hadrill aired his opinion about the neglect of the archaeological site of Pompeii. He was described as an angry archaeologist when he argued that the conservation issues that need to be acted upon urgently at Pompeii are being neglected and that the site is suffering from a "second death". Regarding the deterioration of Pompeii, he contends, "Man is wreaking a damage far greater than Vesuvius. The moment of Pompeii's destruction was also the moment of its preservation. The public needs to understand that unless constant efforts are taken to arrest the decay, the site will, within decades crumble to nothing."[1]

Wallace-Hadrill was elected the 26th Master of Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge, taking up office in August 2009 on the expiry by statute of Professor Dame Sandra Dawson's tenure.

Publications

  • Suetonius: the scholar and his Caesars (Duckworth, 1983).
  • ed. with John Rich City and Country in the Ancient World (New York, 1991).
  • Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (Princeton, 1994).
  • Suetonius (Duckworth, 1995).

References

  1. ^ T. Hurley, P. Medcalf (et al.), Antiquity 3, Oxford University Press, Melbourne Victoria, 2005, p. 65
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sandra Dawson
Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
August 2009 -
Succeeded by
incumbent
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