8 March 1954 - 5 June 2004

Paul Rehak passed away on 5 June 2004.

For further information, contact
John G. Younger (
or the Department of Classics
2096 Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-2139
T (dept): 785-864-3153
F: 785-864-5566

Wombat & Me
Tasmania, 1992

An obituary appeared in the American Journal of Archaeology 108.3 (July 2004) 447-8 (for a pdf copy: click here or here).

A Memorial Service was held at the Spencer Museum of Art (KU campus), 10 September 2004, 4:00-6:00 pm.

The Paul Rehak Memorial Traveling Fellowship (established with funds provided by Paul's family and friends) has been set up at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (beginning 2005); an award of up to $1000 will be made by the director of the School every year to assist scholars (of whatever nationality) to visit museums and sites in the lands surrounding the Aegean.

The plenary session of the international conference "FYLO. Engendering Prehistoric 'Stratigraphies' in the Aegean and the Mediterranean" (Rethymnon, 2-5 June 2005) was dedicated to Paul's work in gender and archaeology (and was held on the anniversary of his death). The conference volume has been published, vol. 30 in the Aegaeum series.

Five memorial benches (purchased with funds contributed by Paul's friends) have been installed in the gardens of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens; each has a plaque in his memory. Click here for pictures of two of the benches and one of the plaques (photos courtesy Bob Bridges).

The annual Paul Rehak Award was set up in 2005 for the best study of "homosocial and homoerotic relationships and environments, ancient sexuality and gender roles, and representation of the gendered body" by the Lambda Classical Caucus, an affiliate of the American Philological Association.

Since 2006, The Department of Classics at the University of Kansas has hosted, every March, the Paul Rehak Memorial Symposium in Ancient Art. These symposia, occupying a Tuesday afternoon, feature three speakers on various aspects of Greek and Roman art, often also involving gender, ethnicity, and color, three of Paul's favorite themes. For a list of these symposia, speakers, and titles, click here.

An Attic red-figure pelike by the Tyszkiewicz Painter (ca. 470 BCE) has been purchased in Paul's memory for the Wilcox Classical Museum with funds generously provided by Friends of Paul Rehak and by the Department of Classics, Kansas University. Paul had been curator of the museum.

Last update: 16 August 2017


1976 -- BA, University of Michigan, cum laude, Classical Studies and Classical Archaeology
1977 -- teaching certificate in Latin from the School of Education, University of Michigan
1980 -- MA, Bryn Mawr College, Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology, "The Frescoes from the Mycenae Cult Center" (director: Machteld Mellink)
1980-1981 -- John Williams White Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens
1981, 1982 -- architect on site at the Apollo Hylates sanctuary at Kourion in Cyprus
1983-1984 -- fellow at the Villa Messenzia in Rome
1985 -- PhD, Bryn Mawr College, Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology, "Ara Pietatis Augustae or Ara Gentis Iuliae? A study of the reliefs attributed to the Ara Pietatis Augustae and a new attempt at reconstruction and interpretation, Rome" (director: Brunilde Ridgway)
1986-1987 -- visiting Assistant Professor, University of Kansas, Department of Classics
1987-1988 -- visiting Assistant Professor, College of Wooster, Department of Classics
1988-1989 -- visiting Assistant Professor, American University of Paris, Department of Art & Art History
1989-1995 -- Assistant Professor of Classics, Loyola University, Chicago (Associate Professor 1995)
1995-2000 -- visiting Assistant Professor, Duke University, Departments of Classics and Art History
2001-2004 -- Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Kansas
2004 -- tenured and promoted to Associate Professor of Classics, University of Kansas

For information regarding the following, contact:
John G. Younger (

  • Wilcox Collection of Classical Antiquities (103 Lippincott Hall)
    The Wilcox Collection is open M-F, 9-4 pm, and by appointment during Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks.
    • To arrange tours of the collection: contact the Department of Classics (above)
    • For information about the collection and visiting hours:
      Wilcox Collection Homepage: (under construction)

  • AIA (Archaeological Institute of America) Kansas Society
    Archaeological Institute of America

  • Book Reviews (, American Journal of Archaeology (

  • AegeaNet (Aegean Archaeology discussion group)
    to subscribe: send to:
    this message: sub aegeanet your_email@address Your Name.

  • Alumni/ae Association,
    American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA)
    the ASCSA Alum homepage

    For information regarding the professional associations that Paul Rehak was interested in, contact them directly:

  • AAR (American Academy in Rome):

  • American Philological Association:

  • ASMOSIA (Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity):

  • CAMWS (Classical Association of the Middle West and South):

  • CAA (College Art Association):

  • LCC (Lambda Classical Caucus of the American Philological Association):

  • WCC (Women's Classical Caucus of the American Philological Association):


    For a select list of Paul Rehak's publications, click here.

    PAUL'S SYLLABI; for reasons of space these are no longer available on-line.

  • Aegean Bronze Age
  • Archaeological Discoveries
  • Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Near East
  • Archaeology and Art of Greece & Rome in a Mediterranean Context
  • Classical Myth and Modern Film
  • Classical Mythology
  • Color in Roman Sculpture
  • Egyptian Art and Archaeology
  • Rome Archaeological Trip (4 weeks on-site in Italy), itinerary & notes
  • Women in Ancient Art and Society

    FOR PAUL'S DOGS, click here

    Crocodile wrestling at the Villa of Hadrian, Tivoli, Italy, in my spare time.

    With the boys (Max, Zan, Rory), 22 July 2003.

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