Mabel Lang Memorial Blog

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Posted April 15, 2011

The following reminiscences were intended to be a supplement to Eleanor Dickey’s scholarly biography of Mabel to appear this spring along with a collection of her new and previously published Thucydidean studies (Thucydidean Narrative & Discourse, Michigan Classical Press). Ultimately, we decided that their personal tone ill suited the scholarly essays but that they were […]

Memorial Service Program

Posted April 14, 2011

Mabel Lang Memorial Service Progam

Mabel Lang Pictures

Posted April 14, 2011

Miss Lang as teacher (Talk given at the Bryn Mawr memorial service for Mabel Lang, 3 April 2011, by Eleanor Dickey)

Posted April 14, 2011

Miss Lang was an amazing teacher. In fact, Miss Lang was the most amazing teacher I’ve ever known. I don’t say this lightly. After all, I went to Bryn Mawr, which is full of amazing teachers. And then I went to Oxford, where amazing teachers are not exactly rare, and since then I’ve been at […]

Mabel Lang as Scholar – Remarks by Richard Hamilton at the Bryn Mawr memorial service for Mabel Lang, 3 April 2011

Posted April 14, 2011

As you can see from the description in the program*, Mabel’s scholarly activity was largely archaeological, yet ironically she always stressed she was not an archaeologist. I used to assume she meant simply that she enjoyed texts as much as material objects, but now that I’ve looked a bit at her three publications of material […]

Jan Trembley (editor, Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin)

Posted April 14, 2011

Psammites Mabel L. Lang: The Sand Reckoner I got to know Mabel L. Lang as a co-worker and conspirator of sorts the summer after my sophomore year, 1973. I was 19 and didn’t grasp her stature as a scholar enough to be intimidated or deferential; I simply spoke to her as if she were a […]

Ann Steiner (provost of Franklin and Marshall College)

Posted April 14, 2011

I met Mabel Lang in the fall of 1970 when I arrived at Bryn Mawr as a transfer student, infatuated with classical archaeology and having no idea of the many challenges that lay ahead, e.g., ancient Greek.  My class (1973) was characterized by hoards of baby Greeklings–Miss Lang had to open a second section to  […]

Anna Morpurgo Davies (professor emeritus of comparative philology, Oxford)

Posted April 14, 2011

Mabel Lang’s contribution to Linear B  studies was impressive.  In 1961, when I was in America for the first time as a Junior Fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies, I asked whether I could go and see her in Bryn Mawr. I had worked and was working on Mycenaean and I felt I could not […]

Alexander Pearson (Classics teacher)

Posted April 14, 2011

Mabel used to wear a hand-knit sweater with a black spider web woven on the front. In the middle of the web was a black spider, and off to the side was a fly. I felt a good deal of solidarity with the fly. When we read Thucydides’ description of the rebellion against the Athenians […]

Marian Blanchard (Mabel Lang’s sister)

Posted April 11, 2011

My last face-to-face visit with Mabe was nearly two years ago. One day, sitting in the sun on the patio, we shared memories and points of view. About her name: “Mabel is a nice name,” our mother would say defensively, but it is not scholarly. Somehow dropping the ‘l’ makes a difference to some of […]

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