Trendall Lecture 2020
The Antiquities of Greece and World War II

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Athens, National Archaeological Museum, 1940-1941 There is no way to exaggerate the destructive nature of war and the price that must be paid by the societies caught up in its horrors. Clearly, the desperate toll paid in the currency of human loss and suffering is the greatest, and great human loss was exacted from Greece during World War II. This lecture, however, focuses on how the country’s antiquities, ancient and mediaeval, fared during this period of upheaval, death and displacement.

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Wednesday 25 November 2020 06:00 pm until Wednesday 25 November 2020 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Gillian Shepherd
Presented by:
Dr Stavros Paspalas
Type of Event:
Public Lecture

What were the attitudes of the occupying forces (German, Italian and Bulgarian) to Greece’s cultural heritage? How did the perceived role of Greece as one of the major sources of Western civilisation impact on the occupiers? How did the Greek authorities prepare during the run-up towards war? What was their stance during the subsequent Occupation? What symbolic role were the antiquities called to serve by the Greeks during these dark years? How did the antiquities themselves fare?

This presentation will look at a number of case studies against the backdrop of the Occupation in order to elucidate these and other questions, as well as to offer some explanation for what was lost and what was saved.

This is a free event presented online via Zoom, but booking is essential.

About the speaker

Dr Stavros Paspalas is the Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens. His research interests primarily focus on the Archaic and Classical periods in the northern Aegean, and the regions contacts with the eastern Aegean, Lydia and the Achaemenid Empire; the excavations of the Early Iron Age settlement of Zagora on the island of Andros; the Australian archaeological survey of northern Kythera; and ceramic and iconographic studies.

Image credit: Athens, National Archaeological Museum, 1940-1941. Concealment of one of the Sounion kouroi (c. 600 BCE) under the floor of one of the Museum’s galleries (© National Archaeological Museum)



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