Dorothy King

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Dorothy Lobel King[1]
ResidenceLondon, England
Scientific career
PatronsOnassis Foundation
ThesisGreek architectural sculpture

Dorothy Louise Victoria Lobel King[1] (born 1975) is an American author and archeologist who lives and works in England.

Childhood and education[edit]

King was born and reared in London where her American father, James King, ran a branch of Oppenheimer & Co..[2] She spent parts of her childhood in Florida and in France.[1] She attended Malvern St James School and King's College London.[3]

King attributes her interest in archaeology to her father's business partner Leon Levy and his wife Shelby White, who co-sponsored major archaeological digs in Israel.[2]


King was awarded her PhD in archaeology by King's College London and the Institute of Classical Studies for a thesis entitled "The Sculptural Decoration of the Doric Order ca.375–31 BC".[1]

She first gained public attention when she opposed the construction of facilities for the 2004 Summer Olympics at the site of the Battle of Marathon.[4]

King wrote a 2006 book entitled The Elgin Marbles defending the British retention of the Marbles against Greek claims that they belong to Greece and should be moved to Athens.[5][6][7][8] She has argued against allowing the Greeks to possess the marbles due to what she describes as slipshod conservation practices in Greek archaeological museums.[9]

The Sunday Times credited King's book with "reigniting" the controversy over possession of the Elgin marbles.[10]

On the name dispute between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia she said: "The Macedonians invaded and conquered Skopje, but Alexander conquered Iran and Afghanistan as well. None of these two other countries ever claimed to be Macedonia. Amphipolis is in Macedonia, Vergina is in Macedonia and Macedonia is in Greece. To claim the opposite is so ridiculous. It is like saying that Jesus went to America..."[11]

Reception and review[edit]

King is described as someone who "breaks the mould of the dusty academic".[5] In his review of Elgin Marbles, for The Guardian, David Smith described King as: "Blonde, glamorous and a fearless hunter of treasures." and recalled she was offered to pose in Playboy Magazine.[12] The Daily Telegraph called her "an unusual archaeologist – young, glamorous and wealthy, outspoken and controversial."[2]


She is also known as a blogger who discusses politics, as well as historical and archaeological subjects.[13] In a 2005 article published in The Guardian King gave her thoughts on the subject of the "gender gap" in academia that was summed up by the article's subtitle, "Wiles, not whining, are the way to overcome the gender gap, says Dorothy King".[14]

Personal life[edit]

King lives in Kensington, London.[3][2]


  • King, Dorothy (2006). The Elgin Marbles. London: Hutchinson. ISBN 978-0-09-180013-0.[15][7][16][17][18]
  • The Way of the PhDiva, The Guardian, May 2, 2005.


  1. ^ a b c d King, Dorothy. "About Me". Dorothy King's PhDiva. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Jardine, Cassandra (12 April 2003). "My battle of Marathon". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b Smith, David (16 November 2003). "Miss Indiana Jones digs up a whole new take on history". The Observer. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  4. ^ Wilford, John Noble (17 July 2001). "Olympics Ignite a New Battle of Marathon". New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b Return the Marbles? Forget it BBC News, January 19, 2006
  6. ^ The Elgin Marbles, by Dorothy King The Independent, January 16, 2006
  7. ^ a b Guilding, Ruth (18 February 2006). "Stones of Contention (book review)". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  8. ^ Keep Elgin Marbles in U.K., expert says, CBC News, January 26, 2006
  9. ^ Adams, Zed, and Richard Joyce. "Book Reviews." Ethics, vol. 117, no. 2, 2007, p. 368.
  10. ^ Goodwin, Karin (14 August 2005). "Elgin marbles row reignited by archeologist". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  11. ^ Korlira, Athena (28 December 2014). "Dorothy King: Skopje claims are 'ridiculous'". Times of Change. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  12. ^ Hands off our Marbles, The Guardian, January 8, 2006
  13. ^ Blogging History -- From the Right George Mason University "PhDiva Dorothy King is an American conservative who blogs from London."
  14. ^ King, Dorothy (24 May 2005). "The way of the PhDiva". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  15. ^ Morris, Jane (3 March 2006). "Acropolis now: The Elgin Marbles: The Story of the Parthenon and Archaeology's Greatest Controversy (book review)". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Elgin's removal of the marbles vigorously defended (book review)". The Canberra Times. 4 February 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  17. ^ Carroll, Steve (31 December 2005). "The Elgin Marbles: The Story of the Parthenon and Archeology's Greatest Controversy (book review)". The Age.
  18. ^ George, Rosie (22 January 2006). "The consequences of losing your marbles (book review)". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 12 January 2017.