17.05.2017 – Prof. Platon Petridis

"A New Reality in the Greek Archaeological Landscape: Early Byzantine Towns and Their Luxurious Residencies"

Mittwoch, 17. Mai 2017, 18.15 Uhr
Hörsaal Kunstgeschichte (02 521),
Georg Forster-Gebäude (Campus), Jakob-Welder-Weg 12

Delphi, Southeastern Villa complex, 5th-6th c. AD

Although partial protection of Byzantine antiquities was established already by the Law of 1834, it took many years before archaeologists and architects of that time stopped neglecting the Byzantine monuments. For more than a century, the exhaustive and almost exclusive study of frescoes and of religious architecture by many generations of Greek archaeologists and art-historians left no place for the study of secular monuments and objects of everyday life. Since the beginning of the 1990’s however, a new reality arose in the Greek archaeological landscape. Rescue or systematic excavations and intensive surveys turned the interest of the scholars to the transformation processes of the Greek cities from the 4th to the 6th c. A.D., to the luxurious residencies built during this period and finally to their abandonment or their reuse for various purposes at the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 7th c. Two particularly interesting cases of Greek cities will be presented here, one continental (Delphi) and one insular (Thasos).

Platon PETRIDIS is an Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He co-directs excavations at Delphi, Thasos and Kapandriti and has participated in many others in Greece and France. He was a Scientific Member of the French School of Archaeology at Athens. He has taught as a Lecturer at the University of Crete and as a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Lille and the Sorbonne; he has also delivered seminars at the Universities of Cyprus, Strasbourg, Brussels, Durham and Poitiers. He is a Visiting Researcher at the CNRS, France. Two of his books have been published in the Series Fouilles de Delphes by the French School of Archaeology at Athens. In 2013 he published the book Πρωτοβυζαντινή κεραμική του Ελλαδικού χώρου (Early Byzantine Pottery in Greece) and in 2015 he co-edited the volume Δασκάλα. Απόδοση τιμής στην καθ. Μαίρη Παναγιωτίδη-Κεσίσογλου (Daskala. An honorary tribute to prof. Maria Panayotidi-Kesisoglou).

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