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Professor Emerita Beryl Rawson died in Canberra on Friday 22 October, aged 77. A historian of ancient Rome, her publications included Children and Childhood in Roman Italy (2003), and her most recent work A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds to be published next year. Her long and distinguished career at the Australian National University began with her appointment as a senior lecturer in Classics in 1964, and included serving as Dean of Arts from 1981, and being appointed Professor of Classics in 1989. She retired in 1998 but stayed active, firstly as a Visiting Fellow and subsequently as Adjunct Professor. In December the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences will name its administration building in her honour. Professor Rawson’s contributions to ANU included her generous sponsorship of the School of History’s annual Allan Martin Lecture by a distinguished scholar. Similarly, she was the benefactor of the Australian Historical Association’s Allan Martin biennial award to support the work of early-career historians. Professor Rawson was the first woman to serve as President of the AHA.

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