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Author photo. National Humanities Award Ceremony 2006. Detail of White House Photograph by Paul Morse.

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Mary Lefkowitz graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in Greek from Wellesley College in 1957, and earned her Ph.D. in classical philology from Radcliffe College. She returned to Wellesley College in 1959 as an instructor in Greek. In 1979, she was named Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, a position she held until her retirement in 2005. She's now professor emerita. Her book Women in Greek Myth (1986, second edition 2007) is considered the leading text on the subject. Other major works, including Not Out of Africa (1997), Black Athena Revisited (1996), and History Lesson (2008) have received international recognition and have been widely discussed in the news media. Dr. Lefkowitz was married to Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones, Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford, making her Lady Lloyd-Jones.
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