At the moment the international and interdisciplinary two-week course “Confronting the Classics”, hosted by the Swedish and Dutch institutes in Rome and Athens, is in the Greek capital, after a stimulating and rewarding week in Rome.
The Swedish Institute’s nine-week archaeological course is now in its seventh week. Five students: Madelene Holm from Gothenburg University, Sara Eriksson and Christian Stelius from Lund University, and Adam Norberg and Angelica Landgren from Stockholm University are right now in Thessaloniki together with their teachers having been earlier to the Argolid, Delfi, Crete and Santorini among other places. The rationale of the course is to give the students an opportunity to see as many archaeological sites and museums as possible.
Photo: Giannis Tzitzas
The Swedish Institute excavations in Ancient Kalaureia on Poros under the direction of Arto Penttinen were resumed in June in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Rom och Athen har länge utövat ett dominerande inflytande på västerländska världsbilder. De två städerna anses ofta vara västerlandets vagga, katalysatorer av konst, filosofi och civilisation, tidlösa representanter för såväl demokrati som imperium. Samtidigt är både Rom och Athen huvudstäder i två relativt sett unga nationer med en turbulent modern historia. Vilken roll spelar uppfattningar av antiken i dessa moderna sammanhang? Denna tvärvetenskapliga kurs jämför Rom med Athen och möter på så vis det antika arvet och det ”klassiska” i samtiden…
During nine intensive days in June, the Institute welcomed four teachers of classical languages. As part of a program sponsored by the Association of Swedish Classicists and the Institute we visited the sites of Athens and made longer excursions to Delphi, Kalaureia in the Saronic Gulf and various landmarks in the Argolid. We thank the participants Lena Tegström, Kent Fredholm, Carina Nylén and Nicole de Jong, as well as the Association of Classicist for a stimulating exchange.
This programme investigates whether we can identify continuity of cult between different periods of Greek antiquity. What did Herakles have in common with St Michael, if anything? Why were certain ancient temples transformed into churches while others were destroyed? In certain places we seem to be able to identify long-term use for religious purposes, but does this mean continuous ritual activity or should we assume intermittent breaks with subsequent revivals of religious use?
The Masters course Water resource in time and space: Focus Greece has been given every year since 2008 in co-operation with the Departments of Economic History at Uppsala University, Cultural Geography at Stockholm University, and Thematic Studies/Environmental Change at Linköping University. During the last couple of years the fieldwork, which is an important part of the course, has been conducted in the Navarino Environmental Observatory in the south-western part of the Peloponnese.
A course that gives postgraduate and presumptive doctoral students an opportunity to travel around in Greece in order to visit archaeological sites and museums has always been very much at the core of the Institute’s activity. It has been given since the Institute’s founding in 1948, and most Swedish scholars in Classical archaeology have at some point taken part in it. Today, the course is given biannually, and the Institute gives five grants to students at the four universities in Sweden that have departments in Classics (Uppsala, Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Lund).