Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Fred Winter Collection

Mistra: looking down from Frankish Castle: toward the Palace of the Despotes (Professor Fred Winter, 1983)

Friday, January 25, 2019

Welcome, Moira!

This week we welcomed Moira Scully to the Institute for a three-month internship. Moira is the eighth student intern that the Institute has hosted from the University of Waterloo; she is a fifth-year undergraduate, completing her degree in Classical and Medieval History.

Moira’s initial interest in the ancient world began in high school when she took an antiquities course. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she developed an interest in Hellenistic art and plans to analyze the cross cultural connections between pieces from antiquity and the Renaissance, which depict Greek mythology.

During the summer of 2016, Moira participated in excavations on Herstmonceux castle in England, and in the summer of 2018, she worked in collaboration with the British Museum and the King’s Lynn Museum on an exhibition for medieval pilgrims’ badges. This is Moira’s first visit to Greece, and during her stay she plans to visit museums and archaeological sites across the country, while experiencing a new culture.

Jonathan Tomlinson
Assistant Director

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Fred Winter Collection

Kynouria: view to cloud-shrouded Mt. Parnon from bridge over Ay. Andreas river (Professor Fred Winter, 1983)

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Institute's 2019 Winter-Spring Lecture Programme

Following this week’s excellent lecture by Dr Anastassios Anastassiadis (Associate Professor of History & Phrixos B. Papachristidis chair in Modern Greek Studies, History & Classical Studies Department, McGill University) entitled, Writing the global history of a forgotten army: The Allied armies of the Orient in WWI Greece”, I am delighted to announce that we have another four lectures to look forward to in the winter-spring programme of the Canadian Institute in Greece and its Athens Association of Friends.

On February 6, Dr Jere Wickens (Department of Anthropology, Lawrence University & ASCSA) will highlight one of the field surveys carried out by the Southern Euboea Exploration Project under the aegis of our Institute. His lecture is entitled, “The Archaeological Survey of the Bouros-Kastri Peninsula, Southern Euboia”. Two weeks later, on February 20, Dr C. W. (Toph) Marshall (Professor, Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia; Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professor, ASCSA) will present a paper with the intriguing title, Freddie Mercury and other Classical Poets.

On March 6, Dr Zisis Bonias (Director Emeritus, Hellenic Ministry of Culture) and Dr Jacques Y. Perreault (Professeur titulaire d'archéologie grecque, Université de Montréal) will discuss aspects of another Institute field project, carried out as a collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Serres, in a lecture entitled, “Ancient Argilos: Shops, workshops and houses of the merchants’ quarter”. Finally, on March 27, Barbara N. Scarfo (Homer and Dorothy Thompson Fellow, The Canadian Institute in Greece; Ph.D. candidate, Department of Classics, McMaster University) will present some of the research she has been carrying out in Athens this year as Institute Fellow. Her paper is entitled, Mothers and Infants on Funerary Commemoration: A Cross-Cultural Study.

All talks will take place in the library of the Canadian Institute (Dionysiou Aiginitou 7, Ilisia, ground floor; Metro: Megaro Moussikis). All are on Wednesday evenings starting at 7.30 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Jonathan Tomlinson
Assistant Director

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Fred Winter Collection

 Corinth: temple of Apollo: details of W columns from WNW (Professor Fred Winter, 1983)

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Allies armies of the Orient in WWI Greece

Happy New Year! The Canadian Institute reopened last Monday, January 7, and we’ve been hard at work putting together an interesting and varied programme of lectures for the winter-spring. (Look out for details in an upcoming blog post.) Our first lecture of 2019 will take place on Wednesday 16 January, starting at 7.30 pm in the library of the Institute (Dionysiou Aiginitou 7, ground floor, Ilisia. Metro: Megaro Mousikis). Anastassios Anastassiadis (Associate Professor of History & Phrixos B. Papachristidis chair in Modern Greek Studies, History & Classical Studies Department, McGill University) will give a talk entitled, “Writing the global history of a forgotten army: The Allied armies of the Orient in WWI Greece”.

“More than 600,000 Entente soldiers from around the world were at one point camped in WWI Greece. Between 1916 and 1918, there were 250,000 of them stationed in and around Thessaloniki, a city of 170,000 inhabitants at the time. However, the story of these Allied Armies has mostly been cast to oblivion, despite not only their role in terms of the outcome of the war but also their huge impact in terms of the biopolitics, meaning their contacts with the civilian population in a variety of forms: infrastructure, transportation, housing and food logistics, medical care and hygiene and even governance. Based on a current multi-partner research project, this talk will address some of those points and also touch upon the reasons this presence disappeared from the collective memory, both in Greece and in certain Allied countries like France.”

You are all most welcome to join us next Wednesday evening for what promises to be a fascinating presentation.

Jonathan Tomlinson
Assistant Director

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Fred Winter Collection

Corinth: temple of Apollo: general view from WNW (Professor Fred Winter, 1983)

Friday, January 4, 2019

A year in Athens...Part 1

Although I have been in Athens since the beginning of September, I often wake up and feel as if I just arrived in this wonderful city! In the first couple of weeks, I made it my chief priority to visit two places that made an impression on me the last time I was here. The archaeological site that I had to see first was the Kerameikos cemetery where I visited my favourite stelai: that which commemorates Ampharete and her grandchild and the stele of the sisters Demetria and Pamphile. The Kerameikos is one of those unusual places that is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of daily life and yet inside the cemetery there is this overwhelming peace and quiet, alongside the stunning monuments, that makes you forget completely that you’re in the middle of the city– a feature that the Kerameikos shares with its more modern equivalent, the First Cemetery of Athens. The second place I had to get to was the Poet Sandal Maker’s shop in Monastiraki. After having Pantelis Melissinos make a pair of sandals for me the last time I was here in 2017, I enjoyed the experience so much that I knew I had to return and get another pair. Monastiraki and nearby Psyri are this wonderful combination of traditional and urban chic, and it is as if the grunge of the 90s never left – they are simply the coolest places to just get lost in.

In addition to revisiting some of my favourite places, it has been a great pleasure to discover new neighbourhoods. Athens is made up of a variety of neighbourhoods, with each one being distinct from the others. The area of Exarchia is a particular favourite, as it is not only where the Epigraphic and National Museums are located, but it is also teeming with amazing restaurants, cafes, bars, and bookstores in which I could spend hours. The buildings are covered in graffiti that is worth looking at, as it varies from being highly political to clever and hilarious. Pangrati is another neighbourhood that is an absolute joy to wander through. Fantastic architecture and parks lie hidden in this residential suburb, as well as a more relaxed pace that has proven to be a most welcome reprieve from the high energy city centre.
Let’s now to turn to my own research. While the great majority of my time has been spent working on the final chapter of my dissertation in which I examine the motivations behind and attitudes towards family limitation methods in a Roman context, I wanted to challenge myself further by learning how to handle a new category of evidence that I found intimidating: enter Greek epigraphy. After reading through some scholarship that discusses family relations and women in Greek epigraphy, I made my way to the collections of the Epigraphic and National Museums and surrounded myself with the material, taking countless photos of stelai that feature depictions of the family and accompanying inscriptions. In October I attended a conference that was held in honour of Dr. L. Threatte, in which renowned scholars discussed various facets of Greek epigraphy, Attic laws and orators, and decrees. It was fascinating to see this category of evidence be examined and interpreted. Also, I must say that engaging with the academic community at the various archaeological schools in Athens has been a stimulating and rewarding experience. The scholars that I have met during my time here thus far (of which there are too many to name!) have been incredibly supportive and generous with their time. It’s a wonderful environment for a young scholar to develop her ideas.

Lastly, a quick word on an adventure that I took outside of Athens. In November I was given the opportunity to take a trip to Crete and I jumped at the chance. Crete is such a unique island that feels like a completely different world and one that is difficult to describe. The archaeologist in charge of the trip was Dr. T. Brogan, who led the group around the different sites on the island and introduced us to the important work done by the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP). There were two sites in particular that were incredibly striking. The first site was Lato, a Dorian city-state, which has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, complete with breathtaking views that I will never forget. The second site was Gortyn, the home of the queen of all Greek inscriptions: the Gortyn Law Code, which is an extraordinary document that sheds light on important aspects of daily life on Crete. Providing content ranging from intermarriage between slaves and free persons and the exposure of children, to the liability of heirs and the ransom of prisoners, this inscription is a dream for social historians. I was able to see the great code up close and witness the boustrophedon first hand. Finally, the food on the island was absolutely amazing and I have to say that some of the best meals that I’ve had in Greece have been on Crete!

I cannot wait to see what the second half of my year in Athens has in store!

Barbara N. Scarfo
Homer and Dorothy Thompson Fellow, CIG

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Fred Winter Collection

Pheneos (ancient): Asklepieion: cult-rooms (Professor Fred Winter, 1983)