Reflection and Discussion with US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt & Professor John Hale


About our webinar:
The Battle of Salamis was one of the defining moments in Greek history, and an event which has remained relevant to the present. In this webinar, The American School of Classical Studies will commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the battle with an interdisciplinary retrospective, focused on the historical, archaeological, and political implications of this momentous event. We pleased to present Geoffrey R. Pyatt, Ambassador of the United States to the Hellenic Republic, and John R. Hale, nautical archaeologist and author of Lords of the Sea (Penguin Books, 2009), who will explore details of the battle, its political ramifications, and its modern relevance in the contemporary geopolitical climate.


About the Speakers: 

Geoffrey R. Pyatt is a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, who was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic in September 2016. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2013-2016, receiving the State Department’s Robert Frasure Memorial Award in recognition of his commitment to peace and alleviation of human suffering in eastern Ukraine. Ambassador Pyatt grew up in La Jolla, California and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.


John R. Hale is director of the Liberal Studies Program at the University of Louisville and an experienced historian and archaeologist. Author of Lords of the Sea, Professor Hale is an expert in nautical archaeology and the intersection between naval power and politics in the ancient world. He has conducted both terrestrial and underwater fieldwork in Greece, England, Turkey, and Guatemala.