Kress Lecture program of the Archaeological Institute of America

Professor Hans Goette (DAI Berlin) attends to the Kress lecture program of the Archaeological Instute of America.
Professor Goette has participated in many archaeological projects including surveys in Attica and Libya and excavations at Aigina in Greece and the Roman town of Colonia Ulpia Traiana in Germany. His interests include Greek and Roman sculpture and iconography and Greek topography and architecture.

The Classical Greek Theatre: Architecture, Performance, Cult
We are accustomed to thinking of the Dionysos theater on the south slope of the Acropolis as the site where the Classical plays of the Greek dramatists, such as Aischylos, Sophocles, Euripides or Aristophanes, were staged for the first time. Because of the visible remains, we are imagining these performances in a huge, rounded structure, constructed of marble and limestone, an auditorium for the seating of c. 17.000 spectators. The paper offers a revision of this commonly held view and demonstrates that the space was configured differently, and that this had consequences in regard to the audience for both the theatrical performances and the numerous other public events “staged” in the theater. The lecture also investigates reasons for the architectural change and its chronology and architectural context.

Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 7:30 PM
Where: St. Louis – Missouri History Museum Auditorium, 5700 Lindell Blvd. at DeBaliviere, Forest Park

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 7:00 PM
Where: Phoenix – Arizona State University, Life Sciences Building A, Room 191

Thursday, April 02, 2009
Where: Tampa Bay – University of South Florida, Room TBA

Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Where: Tallahassee, TBA

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 7:30 PM
Where: Mississippi/Memphis – University Museums, Oxford MS, Lecture Hall

Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 7:00 PM
Where: Nashville – Nashville Parthenon

Monday, April 20, 2009 at 8:00 PM
Where: Valparaiso – TBA

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 8:00 PM
Where: Rockford – Burpee Musem of Natural History

Aigina beyond Kolonna and Aphaia–or–The Ancient Island State of Aigina: Results of a Survey and Excavation Project
The island of Aigina 20 miles south of Athens in the Saronic Gulf was an important city-state (polis) from prehistoric times until the Classical period when it was destroyed by the Athenians at the beginning of the Peloponnesian War (431 B.C.). The talk will give an overview of the archaeology of the island summarizing the excavations in the main sanctuary of Aigina dedicated to Zeus and survey work throughout the island to show the infrastructure of the ancient polis, including roads, walls, farmsteads, quarries, and sanctuaries.

Thursday, March 26, 2009
Where: Tucson, TBA

Attic Marble for the Ancient World: Pentelicon, Hymettos, and Life in Ancient Attica
The ancient city-state of Athens possessed a relatively large hinterland, called Attica. This paper tries to reconstruct the relations between the countryside and the city, to offer glimpses of the political, economical, and social life in rural Attica by investigating several areas on the slopes of Mt. Pentelicon and Mt. Hymettos in the vicinity of Athens through its topography. We will ‘walk’ through the countryside and look at ancient remains of the daily life of Athenians living outside town, constructing roads, quarrying marble, farming, and worshipping their deities.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Where: Central Missouri (Columbia) – TBA

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 8:00 PM
Where: Gainesville, TBA


Thursday, April 23, 2009
Where: Chicago – TBA

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