Emeritus Professor Beryl Rawson made a generous bequest in her will to the ANU Classics Endowment to promote study of classic and ancient history.
The bequest of $400,000 will go toward research grants, scholarships and curatorial support to the ANU Classics Museum.
Professor Rawson, who died in 2010, was a world expert in Roman history who dedicated 45 years of her career to ANU. She was one of the University’s most respected academics and remained actively involved in University life well after retirement. The Beryl Rawson Building at the College of Arts and Social Sciences was named in her honour.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young spoke warmly of Professor Rawson’s contribution to the University.
“Celebrated for her academic career, less well known is Professor Rawson’s great generosity in philanthropic giving. I am delighted to see this gift go toward supporting her passion for teaching the classics and ancient history,” Professor Young said.
The University’s Classics Museum collection includes ancient Greek and Roman objects dating from the bronze age, about 2000 BC, to late antiquity, about 500 AD. Located on the ground floor of the AD Hope Building, the Museum is open 9am-6pm weekdays.
For more information visit http://culturalinquiry.anu.edu.au/classics-museum