Friday, January 19, 2018

Welcome Katy and Matt! How the Monuments of the Akropolis at Lindos came to look as they do today.

This winter we have the luxury of having two undergraduate interns from Canada at the Institute. Katy and Matt have many interesting tasks ahead of them over the next three months: a complete inventory of the holdings of the Library in preparation for our move to the new premises at Orminiou 3 later in the year, improve and expand our presence on the various social media platforms, especially for Canada, as well as continuing the ongoing organization, scanning and storage of the Institute’s archives.

Katy Lamb is a recent graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University, who majored in Ancient Mediterranean studies with a minor in archaeology and history. Katy has always been fascinated with ancient Greek religion and more recently, in her university studies, her interest includes archaeology of natural disasters the human reactions to them.

During the summers of 2015 and 2016 she participated in survey work of the Western Argolid Regional Project. During this time and involvement Katy firmly established her commitment and continued love for archaeology and ancient history.

This year abroad, Katy hopes to continue her education and to gain knowledge and more experience in the field of work she has the most passion for.

Matthew (Matt) Coleman is in his fourth year of undergraduate study in the Department of Classics at the University of Waterloo. He has a wide variety of research interests including Hellenistic Royal Women, Greek Poetry, as well as Classical Reception and currently has plans to attend graduate school studying the reception of Hellenistic Art in the Collections of the Italian Renaissance.

Matt has always had a keen interest in the Greece of antiquity and for all its culture, its people, its art, music, food, language, and its hospitality the Greece of today will serve as a wonderful lens through which he will focus his research, travelling and visiting as many museums and sites as possible, as he prepares for graduate studies during this winter abroad.

You will have a chance to meet our new interns on Wednesday, January 31st at the launch of the Institute’s new publication and the cutting of our Vasilopita for 2018. See next week’s blog for more details.

The creation of the monuments on the Akropolis at Lindos on Rhodes

After the Italo-Turkish War of 1912 the Dodecanese Islands were occupied by the Italians until the end of World War II in 1945. The Italian regime conducted many excavations and restoration projects during the 1930s, especially on the acropolis of Lindos on Rhodes.

On Monday, January 22nd Dr. Vasiliki Eleftheriou (architectural engineer and Director of the Conservation Service of the Monuments of the Akropolis) will give a lecture entitled «Οι προπολεμικές επεμβάσεις στα μνημεία της ακρόπολης της Λίνδου μέσα από το αρχειακό υλικό».

Between 1985 and 2015 restoration works were conducted in the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes. Part of this project was the documentation of the archives of the Ephoreia of the Dodecanese, the Directorate of the Ministry of Culture, the National Museum of Denmark, the Italian Archaeological School in Athens and the German Archaeological Institute in Athens. This archival material dates from 1902 to 1940 and refers first to the excavations and, then, to the restoration of the Temple of Athena and of the Hellenistic Stoa by the Italian authorities. Dr. Eleftheriou’s lecture will present the findings of this research on the monuments at Lindos.

The lecture is part of the 2017/2018 Lecture Program of the Syllogos Filon tou Istorikou Archeiou tis Archaiologikis Yperesias. The lecture will take place in the Library of the Canadian Institute in Greece starting at 7 PM. After the lecture the Syllogos Filon will cut its Vasilopita for 2018. The public is welcome.

David Rupp

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