Friday, December 28, 2012
Even after 193 days in Greece, it is a sight that still takes my breath away: the rocky ledges of the Athenian acropolis rising up from the concrete labyrinth that is modern Athens, topped with that crowning jewel of Classical Greek culture, the Parthenon. Such a meeting of old and new can be seen not only in the monumental stones of the Acropolis, but throughout the fascinating city of Athens. From the crumbling ruins of an old wall on a random street corner, to column drums reused as chairs, to the pottery sherds that crunch beneath your feet, this city has a charm that I don’t think will ever fade, and I am so grateful for having been given the opportunity to experience it.
As summer came to an end, so too did my nomadic lifestyle, and it was wonderful to be able to settle into a routine in Athens and make a home-away-from-home here at the Canadian Institute. Ever since I had learned about this internship opportunity through my university, I had dreamed of living, working, and studying abroad in Athens, so it was a bit surreal to begin living my dream in September. As I settled into life at CIG, I was introduced to the intern’s usual activities such as cataloguing library books, taking care of the hostel’s laundry, and, most importantly, preparing the sandwiches for Institute events and lectures, in addition to some new projects that the Institute had underway. The majority of these new ventures involved digitizing old archives and collections; insightful work which involved lots and lots of scanning. Needless to say, at this point I can pretty much scan a photo or document with my eyes closed!
When not pursuing academic endeavours, this excited archaeology student walked (or more often, skipped gleefully) in the footsteps of the ancients, exploring ruins and studying artifacts at numerous archaeological sites and museums. From Delphi to Patras, Aegina to Corinth, it has been amazing to visit the places I have read so much about, with new friends who get just as excited about Mycenaean pottery and ancient stone cuttings as I do! So thanks, friends – I’m so glad that I found people who love old rocks too.
A special thanks to the Canadian Institute for having me this fall, and to Dr. Gerry Schaus and Wilfrid Laurier University for making this experience possible. Αντιο και Καλά Χριστούγεννα!
Wilfrid Laurier University
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Enigmatic figure on a Laconian fragment from Miletus
There’s a second Laconian cup that comes to mind at the moment, this one in the Louvre (no. E 667), which depicts a group of symposiasts reclining with food trays and drinking cups around them, being presented with wreaths by winged daemons and sirens. This to me represents the wonderful banquet of knowledge that one has a chance to enjoy during a sabbatical leave as I’m enjoying now, occasionally crowned with the wreath of “Good Idea” by those winged spirits that work so closely around you in a quiet academic atmosphere. This cup too can easily be found online - http://www.academia.edu/243807/_Sirens_at_the_Symposium_Louvre_E667_
Skating with Giorgos and Tess. Kerameikos park. Dec. 17.
(Professor of Classical Archaeology, Wilfrid Laurier University)
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
For those readers who have not spent a month or more in Athens between early September and late June the richness and variety of the archaeological lectures, talks, seminars and events program is not apparent. With 17 foreign archaeological schools or institutes and their annual open meetings, the Gennadius Library, the University of Athens, the many museums (most with associations of friends), the Minoan and the Mycenaean Seminars, Greek research institutes, College Year in Athens and the Athens Centre there is seldom an evening without a lecture, an event or an opening. Generally, there are two and sometimes three or more to choose from. The topics covered are diverse in time, space and content. If this wealth is insufficient for a jaded scholarly palate, then these institutions frequently organize one-, two- or three-day local and international conferences, symposia or colloquia. There is one such larger program once a month on average. Who has time here for their own research and writing?
Kastro Kallithea in Thessaly with comparisons to material found at the Netherlands Institute excavations at New Halos to the east. Our Alfoldi Fellow, Gino Canlas was an avid attendee as his doctoral dissertation will focus on one of the lesser deities in the Thessalian pantheon.
Argilos in Macedonia as his starting point Kevin Ouellet, a. M.A. candidate at the Universite de Montreal, gave a paper entitled, “The city walls of the Andrian Colonies: tradition and regionalism in military architecture.” Our synergates at Argilos, Professor Jaques Perreault (Universite de Montreal) and Zissis Bonias (Greek Archaeological Service), were supporting co-authors. Kevin was the only M.A. candidate on the program and he earned high praise for his efforts!
The Three Guest Bloggers of Christmas
We have a holiday treat for the followers of this blog! For the next three Fridays a distinguished guest blogger will regale you with accounts of their time in Athens this fall. Professor Gerry Schaus (Wilfrid Lauier University), President of the Board of Directors of CIG has spent part of his sabbatical leave here these past two months. Next Friday he will share his thoughts on what he has been doing in the libraries of the city. The following Friday, Rachel Dewan, our undergraduate intern this fall from the Wilfrid Laurier University will provide glimpses into her wide ranging experiences, including four months before the scanner. And last but not least, Gino Canlas, our previously mentioned Alfoldi Fellow, will tell his about his extensive research activities since October.
Now you have something to look forward to each week over the holidays!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Come and join us for both an interesting presentation and the start of the holiday season!!!
THE Christmas Bazaar is Now!
The long awaited second annual Christmas Bazaar of the Association of Friends of the Historical Archive of the Greek Archaeological Service starts this evening at 7 PM. The place is the Historical Archive on Psaromylingou 22 on the edge of the Kerameikos and Psyrri districts of Athens. It will also be open on Saturday the 8th from 10:00 to 17:00.
The proceeds from the Bazaar will help to support the educational programs of the Historical Archive in the public schools.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
With December upon us even here in grim Athens we are starting to think of the holiday season. With the forecast for next week to include colder, wetter weather with snow in the mountainous regions to the north, maybe winter is in sight too for this city?
|The Historical Archive of the Archaeological Service|
Here you will discover a small but friendly Christmas Bazaar organized by the Association of Friends of the Historical Archive of the Archaeological Service (Syllogos Filon tou Istorikou Archeiou tis Archaiolgikis Iperisias). The Bazaar will feature a wide selection of books (literature in Greek, English and French, archaeological volumes, coffee table books and my Scandinavian thrillers/murder mysteries and spy novels), small gift items (many of them handmade) and a bake sale (my cookies are to die for!). The lottery will have many gifts and prizes (including various personal guided tours in the city by archaeologists such as me!). The special feature of this year’s Bazaar is a photographic exhibition entitled, “The Archive of the Road” which features photographs by our members and friends of the ubiquitous graffiti that cover the walls of Athens (including our house) with images and texts. These framed photographs will be for sale (€10 - €25) and orders can be placed for larger images.
|The Poster for the Christmas Bazaar|
The proceeds from the Bazaar will go to support the educational outreach programs of the Historical Archive in the public schools. These programs emphasize the importance of the past in constructing our daily lives and how archaeologists and historians use archives to create a historical narrative.
You can learn more about our Syllogos Filon by going to the facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/213856465352751/ Why not join the group and follow their activities???
If you wish to volunteer your time to help out at the Bazaar and/or wish to contribute books, gift items, baked goods or prizes for the lottery please call me: 694 72.72.153, or send me an email at: email@example.com. The more the merrier!!!
We look forward to seeing you at the Bazaar!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
From the later 4th through the 2nd centuries B.C. Athens had a tempestuous relationship with the kings of Macedon. Add the geopolitical ambitions of the Ptolemaic kings in Egypt and control of Athens is a seductive trophy to gain.
|Kallias of Sphettos inscription|
Dr. Julia L. Shear, Senior Research Associate at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, will share with us on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:30 PM a case study from her research into how Athens as a community and as individuals remembered and forgot the past. Her lecture is entitled, “An Inconvenient Past in Hellenistic Athens: The Case of Phaidros of Sphettos”.
|Phaidros of Sphettos inscription|
The second annual Christmas Bazaar of the Association of Friends of the Historical Archive of the Hellenic Archaeological Service, of which I am the President of its Board of Directors, will be held on Friday, evening December 7th (19:00-22:00) and all day Saturday the 8th (10:00-17:00). You should save these dates to come to the Historical Archive at Psaromilingou 22 in Kerameikos/Psyrri.
There will be books, gift items, baked goods and other treats. There will be a lottery too, and a special exhibition of photographs, “The Archive of the Road”, featuring images of the colorful and insightful graffiti that cover the walls on the streets of Athens. These limited edition framed images taken by members of the Association will be for sale. The proceeds from the Bazaar will go to help the educational outreach program of the Historical Archive in the public schools.
If you want to help out and/or contribute items please call me: 6947272153.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
|Liberty at Mylilene by Theophilus|
|Averoff at sea|
As the harbors of Mytilene are the central focus of this wide-ranging presentation, Professor Mason will relate the roles they played in receiving refugees from Asia Minor in 1914 and in the fall of 1922. Not stopping there he will discuss how the Greek Resistance told the Royal Navy not to enter during the Dekembriana at the end of 1944. Excavations around these very harbours have been carried out by a team from the University of British Columbia under the aegis of the Canadian Institute.
|The harbours of Mytilene and excavations in the locality|
With such an exciting historical and literary background, the city of Mytilene and its harbors could be the setting for a modern, long-running, heart-rending serial. Greece surely needs this now rather than all of the Turkish melodramas and American crime fighters that clog the TV channels here.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
|Ayia Sotira Tomb 4 chamber floor east burial 2 pottery|
This coming Thursday, November 1st, Dr. Mary Dabney, will give the first lecture in the fall program of the Institute. Mary is a Research Associate in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and a Senior Research Associate at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. With Prof. Angus Smith (Brock University), she was the Co-Director of the Institute’s excavation of the Ayia Sotira LH III cemetery near Nemea. The title of her lecture is, “Consumerism, Debt, and the End of the Bronze Age Civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
|Map of the region|
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
The Institute’s long-awaited fall lecture program this year will be concentrated within the month of November. It is broad-ranging both in terms of periods and of themes. All lectures start at 7:30 PM.
|LH IIIB pottery from Tsoungiza in the Corinthia|
|Painting of the liberation of Mytilene, November 8, 1912|
|Julia Shear in situ|
|Drawing of the Treasury of Artreus by John Hawkins, 1795|
The discoveries and excavations of the Heinrich Schliemann, Christos Tsountas and Arthur Evans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were built on the foundations of earlier explorations and studies. Dr. Nektarios Karademos (Aigeus) will speak to the Association of Friends of the Historical Archive of the Hellenic Archaeological Service about the Europeans and English travelers in the 18th and earlier 19th centuries whose investigations throughout the Aegean basin enabled the later development of a true prehistoric archaeology in Greece. These include Jean-Baptiste Lechevalier, William Gell, Edward Dodwell and Karl Hoeck. The lecture in Greek, based on archival research, is entitled, «Ανασκáπτπντας το παρελθόν της αιγαιακής προïστορικής αρχαιολογíας (από την Αναγένννση μέχρι και της πρήτες αρχαιλογικές ανασκαφές στα τέλη του 19ου αιώνα)». It will be given on Monday, October 22nd at 6:30 PM at the Historical Archive on Psaromiligkou 22, Kerameikos/Pysrri.
So there are lectures for every taste on the immediate horizon! We look forward to your presence!!!
Friday, October 12, 2012
|The pole before conservation in the gardens of the Official Residence|
|Andrew Todd conserving the pole at the Benaki Museum|
A Major Disappointment!!!
A perfect storm of travel woes befell Krista Martynes as she attempted to come to Athens in time for her talk and recital last night at the Institute. Travelling with a large and valuable clarinet complicated her movement from southern France to Athens. We were very disappointed to have missed her appearance at the Institute! Another we time we hope. Those who came to hear Martynes did not go home, however, without their fill of “Canadian content”. They were treated to a showing of the film “Canadian Bacon” while they nibbled and drank the night away.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Krista will share with us her thoughts on the integration of traditional music in European and Canadian composition. To illustrate her points she will play selections from pieces by the eccentric avant-garde composer Count Giacinto Scelsi D’Ayala Valva, the non-conformist underground Russian composer Edison Denisov, the Pulitzer Prize winning American composer David Lang and the Serbian composer, now resident in Montreal, Ana Sokolovic. Come and join us as we take a walk on the wild side!
The Institute has three nine-month fellowships for Canadian graduate students to pursue their research interests in Athens and Greece. The Neda and Franz Leipen, the Elisabeth Alföldi-Rosenbaum and the Homer and Dorothy Thompson Fellowships each are offered every three years. They are named after Canadian researchers whose many contributions to Classical Art and Archaeology and Byzantine Studies are internationally recognized.
The holder of the Alföldi-Rosenbaum Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year is Gino Canlas. Gino is a M.A. student in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. He did his undergraduate work in Classics at UBC as well. His field experiences between 2009 and this summer include working with Prof. Hector Williams (UBC) at Mytilene on Lesbos and at Kastro Kallithea in Thessaly with Prof. Margriet Haagsma (University of Alberta).
While in Athens Gino’s research will focus on the spread of the cult of the Thessalian goddess Enodia outside of Thessaly. The goddess Enodia is not one of the most well-studied deities in the ancient Greek world. She was originally known only from scant literary and epigraphic attestations and was thought to have been just a mere epithet of other Pan-Hellenic deities, such as Artemis and Hekate. One of the goals of his research is to quantify and analyse the artefacts related to the cult of Enodia outside of Thessaly to determine possible regional variations and to examine the socio-political factors that contributed to the relatively far-reaching extent of her obscure cult.
Gino will also be working with me on the creation of the digital archives of the Institute for both our archaeological fieldwork and research as well as for the operation of CIG in Greece.
Please come to our events and lectures this month to welcome him warmly to the Athenian archaeological community!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
On Thursday, October 11th at 7:30 pm the Montreal-based Canadian classical and contemporary clarinetist and composer Krista Martynes (www.kristamartynes.com) will discuss the integration of traditional music in European and Canadian composition and illustrate her themes by playing selections from various 20th century and contemporary composers. She is in Athens for a short period in October to play a series of concerts.
|Chief Tony Hunt with the totem pole|
|Magda Roussi's masks on display at the exhibition|
So do not delay in putting these dates on your calendar and/or in your agenda! We look forward to seeing you for these varied and interesting presentations related to the creative spirit of humankind across the ages.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
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|Kathryn Lukey-Coutsocosta, H.E. Robert Peck and Stephanie Sampson|
Jonathan and I look forward to other artistic endeavours, especially Canadian flavoured ones, taking place at the Institute this year!!!