Exhibition | Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth and Reality

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is running an exhibition called Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality until July 30, 2023. I couldn’t resist a visit! The story of Theseus and the Minotaur in the labyrinth at Knossos was well known, and there had been various conjectures about whether the site really existed. The original discovery of buildings and items at Knossos was by a Cretan, Minos Kalokairinos, in 1878. However, although… Read more

Open House | Experimental Archaeology of Ancient Greek Warfare

We were excited to welcome Natasha Bershadsky, Paul M. Bardunias, Christian Cameron, and Giannis Kadoglou for an Open House entitled “Experimental Archaeology of Ancient Greek Warfare.” The event took place on Friday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. EDT and was recorded. To get ready for the event you might like to read the following (links are to the texts on Perseus Digital Library): Xenophon, Hellenica 4.3 Xenophon Agesilaus 2 Xenophon… Read more

Open House | A Land Called Crete, with Andrew Koh

We are excited to welcome Andrew Koh, of the MIT Center for Materials Research and the Harvard Semitic Museum, for an Open House discussion entitled ‘A Land Called Crete: From Harriet Boyd Hawes to the Cretan Collections Project’. The event was streamed live on Thursday, October 24 at 11 a.m. EDT, and was recorded. To prepare for the event you could (1) read Odyssey 19.172–184, the context for which is… Read more

Open House | Late Bronze Age burials at Mycenae and what they tell us, with Heleni Palaiologou

We were pleased to welcome Heleni Palaiologou, an archaeologist, retired from the Ministry of Culture of Greece, for a discussion about burials from the late Bronze Age at Mycenae, and what they tell us. The event took place on Thursday, November 29, at 11 a.m. EST, and was recorded. In preparation you might like to read the description of Mycenae in Pausanias 2.16.1–2.16.7. You can watch the event on our… Read more

Open House | Metopes at Thermon, Temple C, with Kathryn R. Topper

We were pleased to welcome Kathryn R. Topper of University of Washington, Department of Classics for an Open House discussion entitled “Coming of Age at Thermon: Marriage and Its Discontents on the Metopes of Temple C.” It took place on Thursday, March 1, at 11:00 a.m. EST, and was recorded. In preparation, you might like to read the handout (PDF): Thermon Metopes You can watch the event in the frame… Read more