Ostensibly unfinished, the Mnesiklean Propylaia, the formal entrance to the Acropolis of Athens in the Classical period, has presented scholars with many enigmas, perhaps the greatest being why did Mnesikles, the architect, change the orientation, which necessitated a whole new ramp to access the citadel? By viewing the monumental entrance as an exit the answer is straightforward: he captured, for all eternity, the site of the one of the most important battles in history—the Athenian victory over the Persian armada in the straits of Salamis in September 480 B.C.
John K. Papadopoulos is Professor of Archaeology and Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles, having served as Chair of the Department of Classics and the Interdepartmental Archaeology Ph.D. Program. His research and teaching interests include the Aegean, as well as the eastern and central Mediterranean from the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages into the Classical and later periods, the archaeology of colonization, the archaeology of death, the topography of Athens, and the integration of literary evidence with the material and visual record in the study of the past. He has excavated or conducted fieldwork widely in Greece, Albania, Italy, and Australia, and has co-directed fieldwork projects at Torone and Methone in northern Greece, Lofkënd in Albania, and the repatriation project for Francavilla Marittima in South Italy. He is the author or editor of twelve books (most recently, Agora XXXVI: The Early Iron Age ), over 100 articles and some fifty book reviews. In July 2022 he will be the next Director of the excavations of the Athenian Agora.
Sunday, October 17 at 2:00pm