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The Antiquities of Greece during World War II

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AAIA Boardroom, Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia

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The University of Sydney, NSW 2006

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How did the Greek authorities prepare during the run-up towards the outbreak of World War II? How did the antiquities survive?

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A lecture by Stavros A. Paspalas (Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Acting Director)

This lecture focuses on how Greece's antiquities, ancient and mediaeval, fared during World War II, a period of upheaval, displacement and mass death. 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 civilization impact on the occupiers? How did the Greek authorities prepare during the run-up towards the outbreak of hostilities? 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? These questions frame this lecture which presents insights into a little visited aspect of Greece's recent past.

Dr Stavros Paspalas is Acting Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens. He has undertaken fieldwork at Zagora on Andros, Torone in the Chalkidike and on the island of Kythera. His major research interests range from the Early Iron Age Aegean, through to ancient Greek ceramics, and onto Greek-Achaemenid relations.

Feature Image: Athens,National Archaeological Museum, 1940-1941. Concealment of the Sounion Kouros, circa 600 BC, under the floor of one of the Museum's galleries (© National Archaeological Museum)

This lecture forms part of the official program of the Greek Festival of Sydney, 2020.

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