BU Lectures To Address Recent Discoveries Highlighting Culture, Technology of Ancient Greece

Contact: Ann Marie Menting, 617/353-2240 | amenting@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass) — Boston University’s Center for Archaeological Studies will host Hellenic scholar Alexander Mazarakis-Ainian for two lectures, November 12 and 13. The evening lectures will be held at the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, 675 Commonwealth Avenue.

Mazarakis-Ainian, an associate professor at the University of Thessaly in Larissa, Greece, recently led a team of archaeologists that excavated the undisturbed inner shrine of a 2,700-year-old temple on the island of Kythnos, part of the Cycladic Isles region of Greece. The shrine, known as the adyton, is believed to have been dedicated to either Hera, the goddess of marriage and birth, or Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, and is reported to contain more than 1,400 objects, including precious metal artifacts and terra cotta figurines, that ancient Greeks are thought to have offered during worship of their deities.

Mazarakis-Ainian also has extensively excavated an industrial metalworking area at Oropos, a site north of Athens that dates from the ninth century B.C. His work at this site is providing valuable evidence for that society’s transition from bronze to iron technology.

The lectures are part of the Alexander Papamarkou Lecture Program of the Cycladic Art Foundation of Athens and New York. The BU lectures are co-sponsored by the Department of Archaeology. They are free and open to the public. A reception will follow each lecture.

EVENT: Center for Archaeological Studies lectures, featuring

Dr. Alexander Mazarakis-Ainian

“Inside the Adyton of an Archaic Greek Temple: Excavations

in Kythos (Cyclades)”

“Excavations at Homeric Graia (Oropos)”

DATE: November 12 (Cyclades lecture)

November 13 (Oropos lecture)

TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

PLACE: Center for Archaeological Studies

675 Commonwealth Avenue

Room 522 (Cyclades lecture); Room 211 (Oropos lecture)

Boston University, Boston, Mass.