The History of Aegean Archaeology

(July) The course focuses on the development of Aegean archaeology as an academic discipline from the Renaissance until modern times and aims at outlining its principal achievements and main phases: from Cyriacus of Ancona to the European travelling scholars and antiquaries of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and from the romantic amateurs pursuing the heroic age, such as the renowned Heinrich Schliemann, to the systematic excavations undertaken during the 20th century by the staff of the Greek Archaeological Service and the members of foreign archaeological schools that have been establishing themselves in Greece from as early as the late 19th century. Besides discussing major archaeological projects and great discoveries from various chronological phases and regions, we will interpret and evaluate the course of Aegean archaeology by placing each one of its phases against the socio-political background of its time, as well as the developments in archaeological though and practice in Europe and the USA.

Anastasia Leriou
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