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Dr Tracey Rihll awarded Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation grant

Dr Tracey Rihll (Department of History and Classics) has been awarded a generous grant by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation to further her study of molybdides (lead ‘slingshot’, otherwise known by their Roman name glandes) in Greek museum collections.  This will continue the work she began with the unpublished collection in the British Museum in 2007, which was funded by the Royal Archaeological Institute. The aim is to gather data to test her hypothesis that these objects are really ammunition for small-calibre catapults, and not primarily for hand-slingers (though they may use them too of course). During her tenure of a Foreigner’s Fellowship, March-May 2011, she will also be examining some well dated fortifications around the country for what they can say about the development of large calibre catapults and other ancient Greek and Roman siege machinery, and giving lectures at the Universities of Athens and Thessaloniki.


The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation established in 1995 is an annual programme of grants and scholarships for research, study and artistic endeavour within Greece. The programme is intended exclusively for non-Greeks: members of national academies, university professors at all levels holding a doctorate, post-doctorate researchers, post-graduate students and doctoral candidates, artists, and teachers, in both primary and secondary education, of Greek language, literature, history and culture.
The Programme aims to promote the Greek language, history and culture abroad, thereby creating and encouraging ties of friendship and cooperation between members of the foreign academic community and their Greek counterparts

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