The Nemea Center Lecture: The Road Less Traveled By? History, Archaeology, and Landscape in southern Greece

Lecture | March 20 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Dimitri Nakassis, Classics, University of Colorado Boulder

 The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology, AIA, San Francisco Society

At first glance, the tranquil valleys and mountain passes of the western Argolid give the appearance being of a rather isolated and unremarkable region in southern Greece. In reality, this fertile area is crisscrossed by ancient roads and dotted with ruins that testify to its importance to the major powers of Greece from Classical antiquity to the Ottoman Empire. The results on the ongoing Western Argolid Regional Project, an archaeological project co-directed by the lecturer, demonstrate that the western Argolid was a dynamic landscape whose study sheds new light on some big questions in Greek history and archaeology.