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Barton, George Aaron (12 November 1859–28 June 1942), Assyriologist and biblical scholar, was born in East Farnham, Quebec, Canada, the son of Daniel Barton, a farmer and blacksmith, and Mary Stevens Bull. He attended the Oakwood Seminary, Poughkeepsie, New York, becoming a minister of the Society of Friends in 1879, and graduated from Haverford College with an A.B. in 1882 and an M.A. in 1885. Around 1883 he moved to Boston, where he worked in insurance for a year, then from 1884 to 1889 taught mathematics and classics at the Friends School in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1884 he married Caroline Brewer Danforth; they adopted one child. In 1889 he entered Harvard Graduate School (M.A. 1890), where he studied Assyriology with David G. Lyon and Semitics and the Bible with Crawford H. Toy and Joseph H. Thayer. In 1891 he received his Ph.D. for a study, “The Semitic Ishtar Cult,” later published in the ...

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Blegen, Carl William (27 January 1887–23 August 1971), archaeologist and educator, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of John H. Blegen, a university professor, and Anna Bergine Olsen. Blegen earned bachelor’s degrees from three institutions: Augsburg Seminary (1904), the University of Minnesota (1907), and Yale University (1908). Following two years of graduate study at Yale, Blegen went to Greece in 1910 as a student at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He remained there until 1927, as student, secretary, assistant director, and acting director, with time out from 1918 to 1920 to work with the American Red Cross in Greece. During his years in Greece, Blegen formed close and enduring friendships with Bert Hodge Hill, director of the American school, A. J. B. Wace, director of the British school, and Elizabeth Denny Pierce, fellow archaeologist and professional collaborator, whom he married in 1924....

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Carpenter, Rhys (05 August 1889–02 January 1980), professor of classical archaeology, was born in Cotuit, Massachusetts, the son of William Henry Carpenter, a provost of Columbia University, and Anna Morgan Douglass. Graduating from Columbia at the age of nineteen, Carpenter went as a Rhodes Scholar to Balliol College, Oxford University, where he took a second bachelor’s degree in Greats (1911) and subsequently an M.A. (1914). During those years at Balliol he published his first poem in the ...

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Holvik, Johan Andreas (19 May 1880–25 November 1960), amateur archeologist and professor of Norwegian, was born in Howard, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota), to Norwegian immigrants Peder and Eli (Skroppen) Holvik. Holvik graduated from Madison State Normal School in Madison, South Dakota, and in 1907 earned a BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Following coursework at the University of Oslo from 1909 to 1911 and Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1912 to 1913, Holvik received an MA from St. Olaf College in 1913. On 12 April 1912 he married Caroline Heltne in Lake Mills, Iowa. Holvik taught at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, from 1913 to 1919 and worked for Lutheran Brotherhood in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1919 to 1923 before going to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, in 1923 to teach Norwegian....