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[Archaeologytalks] The Parthenon: from antiquity to controversy

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Join this live webinar to learn about the most iconic building from Ancient Greece, from its political origins to its later history.

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Join an archaeologist for an hour long, live webinar on the iconic Parthenon, followed by a 30 minute discussion.

The Parthenon has stood tall on the top of the Acropolis in Athens for nearly 2500 years. In this webinar, we will trace its rich history from construction, through the Roman and Ottoman periods, all the way to the early 19th century, when some of its sculptures end up in London.

When the Parthenon was built in the fifth century BC, it was a period of time when the Athenians were claiming a place as the leading Greeks. The use of myths on the sculptural decoration of the building reflects these concerns, with many events taking place in Athens itself. The symbolism would not have been ambiguous to anyone, especially to Athens’ allies and enemies. The best sculptors and architects were hired to do the job, and they employed a range of methods to counteract optical illusions and improve the visibility of their sculptures; this has led to the popular statement that there are no straight lines on the Parthenon!

But perhaps the most current aspect of this iconic building is the controversy over the location of its sculptural decoration. We will examine the context of their removal by Lord Elgin, and different arguments made in the debate on their return to Athens – where a new museum is ready to welcome them back. In the end, we will also survey a few more modern buildings that have taken their inspiration from the Parthenon, testifying for its enduring appeal through time and space.

This talk will be led by Helena Meskanen, an archaeologist with PhD in ancient history. She regularly does fieldwork in Greece and elsewhere in the Mediterranean, and conducts private tours of the British Museum in London when the museum is open. After an hour long presentation, she is happy to take your questions on the Parthenon or archaeology in general!

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Archaeology talks is my channel for talking about the ancient world, live, over zoom. Each webinar consists of a 1hr talk, where we will cover the basics and the most recent and interesting research, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topic afterwards. I have a PhD on ancient Greek archaeology, and I have worked as a tour guide for many years, and I love talking about ancient Greece and Rome!

You can get in touch with me here on eventbrite, or via my instagram page.

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