16 Feb 2010

February + March 2010

February 2010

"The Realm of Kadmos: The Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project"

Brendan Burke
Department of Greek and Roman Studies
University of Victoria

Professor Burke will present an overview of the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project in Greece of which he is the co-director. Fieldwork since 2007 has concentrated on evidence for the land use, settlement patterns and burial practices in the plain between Thebes and the Euboean gulf, an area relatively neglected in recent archaeological work but of great importance for understanding the network of communities within the Theban territory.

Monday 22nd February at 7:30 pm
Upper Hall, Hellenic Centre
32nd and Arbutus Streeets
Vancouver, BC

March 2010

"Greek Colonies and Apollo Worship in South Italy and Sicily"

Christie Lane
Department of Classics, Near East & Religious Studies
University of British Columbia

Through the oracles his priests gave at Delphi, Apollo was an honorary founder for many Western Greek colonies, but he was also worshipped as a founding god at Naxos, Aturomenion and Kroton. Worship of Apollo in south Italy and Sicily took various forms, from the grand temples of Syracuse and Selinous, to the humble pillar-shaped images of the god at Syracuse and Metaponto. Apollo was also worshipped at sites with a mixture of Greek and native populations, including the sanctuary of Apollo Alaios.

Monday March 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Upper Hall, Hellenic Centre
32nd and Arbutus Streets
Vancouver, BC

21 Jan 2010

Pharos February 1, 2010, Prof. Steven Miller

Nemea and the Macedonians
Stephen G. Miller
Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley

Excavations at Nemea since 1973 have revealed compelling evidence of a strong Macedonian influence at the Sanctuary of Zeus in the period after the Battle of Chaironeia (338 BC). Although Philip's interest in and use of Delphi and Olympia has long been known, the new information about his activities at the third of the four Pan-Hellenic centers - Nemea - shows just how important those sites were to Philip's efforts to unite the rest of the Greeks behind him.

The site of Ancient Nemea lies in an upland valley in the modern Greek province of Korinthia, and in the eastern foothills of the Arkadian mountain. The floor of the valley is about 330 meters above sea-level, and it is occupied by a modern village of about 400 inhabitants, the ancient site, and fields of grapes surrounded by hills filled with olive trees. The northern end of the valley is dominated by the flat-topped Mt. Apesas where the altar of Zeus had been established by Perseus.