Lucy Wright Mitchell

An expert on classical sculpture and one of the first women to study classical archaeology, Lucy Wright Mitchell was born in Iran (then Persia) in 1845. She studied at Mt. Holyoke College and in 1867 married Samuel S. Mitchell and they settled in Germany and traveled to Italy and she developed into a serious classical scholar, lecturing on classical sculpture. She authored several studies on ancient sculpture and settling in Massachusetts, she wrote her seminal work on the history of sculpture from the Egyptians, Assyrians, and other Near Eastern cultures as well as Greece and Rome to the time of Constantine, which was published in 1883. In 1884 she was elected to the Imperial German Archaeological Institute but in 1886 her health declined and she died in 1888.

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Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women Archaeologists
Published by the University of Michigan Press, 2004