Friday, April 12, 2013

Crete as seen through the lens of Venetian period maps

The Venetian hegemony over Crete from the 14th through 17th centuries left a lasting imprint on many areas and aspects of the island. It was also spawned many maps. The humanistic foundations of the Renaissance and of the Enlightenment influenced what was depicted on these maps. Thus, they represent an important source of information on the economic and the ideological history of the last two centuries of Venetian rule.

On Monday, April 15th, at 6:30 PM Dr. Kostis S. Christakis (University of Crete) will deliver a lecture for the Syllogos Filon tou Istorikou Archeiou tis Archaiologikis Ipiresias in Greek on the cartographic representations and the historical narratives of Crete in the 16th and 17th centuries. Dr. Christakis’ abiding interest in this topic originates in his extensive personal collection of these maps.

The lecture will be held at the Historical Archive building of Hellenic Archaeological Service at Psaromylingou 22 on the border between the Kerameikos and Psyrri. The Theseion train station is nearby. The public is most welcome to attend!

David Rupp

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