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Colloquium: Aspects of Cypriot Archaeology Today - Tradition, Innovation and Homeric Flavour

Event Details:

  • Date:       Thursday 9 May 2019
  • Time:      Starts: 16:00
  • Venue:    The Cyprus Institute – Guy Ourisson Building, Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Athalassa Campus
  • Speaker: Prof. Vassos Karageorghis, Adjunct Professor, The Cyprus Institute
The colloquium will be in English and the event is open to the public.

Live streaming of the lecture will be available on The Cyprus Institute’s YouTube Channel
Live streaming is facilitated by the CySTEM project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 667942.


After a brief history of the growth and development of archaeology in the 20th century and its fairly recent collaboration with scientific technology, a tendency which is successfully practiced at the Cyprus Institute, the lecturer puts forward a warning that technological advancement and method should not alter the basic humanistic aspect of archaeology, by confining research only to the perfection of technological method alone. Taking Cypriot archaeology as an example, he underlines how archaeological research in all aspects of ancient life has gained by referring to conditions known during a period in the 8th century BC and as early as the 11th century BC, a period which is called Homeric and pre-Homeric respectively. By doing this not only archaeology has gained but also philological and literary studies. Examples of this interplay are given from discoveries at Palaepaphos and Salamis. The lecturer’s advice to the younger generation of archaeologists dealing with the Aegean and the Near East is that in the bag containing their computer there should be a small place for some literary works like Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus and the Bible.

About The Speaker

v karageorghisProf. Karageorghis was born in Cyprus in 1929.  He holds a B.A. (Honours) and Ph.D. University of London 1948-1957.
He has served as Assistant Curator and Curator of the Cyprus Museum and Director of the Department of Antiquities: 1963-1989.
He was Professor of Archaeology and Director of the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus: 1992-1996, Director of the Foundation “Anastasios G. Leventis” in Nicosia, 1990-2010, and is an Adjunct Professor at The Cyprus Institute.

Prof. Karageorghis is corresponding member or Foreign member of the following Academies: London, Athens, Paris, Stockholm, Madrid, Rome, Vienna.
He has received honorary doctorates from the University of: Oxford, Athens, Brock, Brussels, Dublin (Trinity College), Lyon, Göteborg, Birmingham, Mariupol.

Prof. Karageorghis has held the following positions:
- Adjunct Professor, State University of New York at Albany.
- Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, 1997,1998.
- Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College and All Souls (Oxford).
- Visiting Fellow Professor, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1989-1990).
- Visiting Professor of Aberdeen, Laval (Quebec) Berkley, Sorbonne.

He has been awarded the International Prize “I cavalla d’ oro di San Marco”, Venice. Onassis Prize “Olympia”, excavated extensively in Cyprus from 1952 to 1989 and 2010-2011, and is the author of more than 100 books and about 500 articles.



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Additional Info

  • Date: Thursday 9 May 2019
  • Time: Starts: 16:00
  • Speaker: Prof. Vassos Karageorghis
  • Speaker Position: Adjunct Professor, The Cyprus Institute

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