Sterling Dow
Date of Birth  :
Place of Birth  :
Country  :
United States
Field of Expertise  :
Athenian archaeology
Educational background  :

Graduated at Phillips Exeter Academy with honors in philosophy.

Master's degree in 1928 at Harvard University.

Ph.D. in 1936.

Acheivements / Contributions  :

  • Dow had a great range of study, writing five books and over 150 articles on Athenian political and social institutions, Homeric poems, religious calendars, and early writing and literacy.

  • During an archeological field trip to Greece from 1931 to 1936 he developed the art of making "squeezes," or paper impressions of inscriptions, discovered the kleroterion, a machine used to randomly select 201-man juries in ancient Greece.

  • He deducted that the famous Linear B tablets of the 2000 B.C. were inscribed with an early form of Greek, which was proven to be correct when they were later deciphered in 1953.

source:Sterling Dow

Bibliography  :
Fifty Years of Sathers,Maine Postal History and Postmarks , Prytaneis: A Study of the Inscriptions Honoring the Athenian Councillors (Hesperia Supplement).