Lecture will address ancient Greek artistic center

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, in conjunction with the Archaeological Institute of America, the Kress Foundation, the Office of the State Archaeologist, and the UI Department of Anthropology, will present “The Archaeological Exploration of Sikyon: A Comprehensive Approach to the Study of a Greek City-State,” a lecture by Yannis Lolos from the University of Thessaly, at 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, in room W151 of Pappajohn Business Building.

Sikyon, an ancient Greek city in the northern Peloponnese, was famous for its artistic excellence, particularly in sculpture and painting. The earliest excavations there sought specifically to recover the city’s works of art.

More systematic excavations in the late 19th century and during the first half of the 20th century focused on the center of the city and its major architectural monuments, including the theater, a temple, a council building, and a wrestling school complex. However, not until the past 15 years was a systematic survey of the ancient city conducted in order to gain a true picture of the city itself, its evolution, and its place in the landscape.

Lolos is the director of excavations at Sikyon, which include urban and regional surveys that now allow us to view the human presence and activity in the Sikyon city-state from the earliest times to the modern era. He will discuss the methods and results of this massive research project.

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