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Prof. Frederick E. Winter (1922 – 2011) was a classical archaeologist whose research focused on various aspects of Greek and Roman architecture, fortifications, and travelling routes. Prof. Winter taught at the University of Toronto (UofT) for more than fifty years, while also spending substantial time in areas of the Mediterranean, where he was involved in research and teaching.
Prof. Winter was born in Barbados where he was awarded a scholarship to attend McGill University and complete his undergraduate degree in Classics (B.A., 1945). He later received his PhD at the UofT, writing his dissertation on Greek fortifications (1957). In 1971, he published the book, Greek Fortifications. Prior to completing his studies, he accepted lecturing positions in Classics at Trinity College and at UofT’s Department of Art and Archaeology (later to become the Department of Fine Art), the latter being where Prof. Winter continued to teach for a large part of his career. He served as the Department of Art and Archaeology’s Chairman from 1971 to 1977 and earlier as the Chair of the Association of Teaching Staff (1968-1969). In 1990, Winter was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus.
Throughout his career, Prof. Winter travelled and conducted grant-funded research in multiple Mediterranean countries. He was a Senior Associate Member and former Special Research Fellow (Whitehead Visiting Professor) at the American Classical School at Athens. In 2006, he published Studies in Hellenistic Architecture.