Public Lecture-Parthenon: The Curse of Minerva, History and Controversy

Join Archaeologist/Art Historian Rolf Winkes for an interesting lecture/discussion about the iconic Parthenon sculptures.

Should the British Museum return the sculptures that Lord Elgin had removed from the Parthenon as requested by Greece?  The Parthenon, its unique place in Greek art and architecture, its history and the answer to this question will be the subject of the lecture and discussion.

Place:  Camden Opera House in Camden, Maine. 
Date: March 27, 2018final-logo-camden-opera-house-bc
Time: 5:30-7:45
Greek wine and appetizers will be served.

NOTE: Seating is limited, to avoid disappointment please arrive early.

Presented by: Eurynome Journeys and WanderWoman® Tours of Camden, Maine – Offering a World of Unique Travel


The most precious possession of the British Museum is the Parthenon marble sculptures, which were removed from the temple by Lord Elgin in the early 19th century. In his poem “the Curse of Minerva,” Lord Byron attacks Elgin, a contemporary, for this act. For decades Greece has campaigned unsuccessfully to have the sculptures returned to Athens.  In the context of the Brexit this has become the subject of renewed public discussion in Britain, Greece and the world. In this lecture the unique role of the Parthenon in Greek art and architecture, the removal of its sculptures by Elgin and the spirit of his time, and finally the question of the return the so-called Elgin marbles will be discussed.

Copies of the Parthenon Marbles

Copies of the Parthenon Marbles in Athens, Greece. Originals are the the British Museum in London.

Rudolf Winkes has taught and published on a diverse number of subjects ranging from the early Greek period until the rise of Christianity, and the influence of the ancient world on later periods. He spent 12 seasons excavating in Corfu, Greece and later worked at the site of Tongobriga in Portugal. Rudolf is now Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, the History of Art and Architecture, and Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University. He and his wife Mary, a painter, live in Damariscotta, Maine.

A tour with Rolf Winkes to Greece is planned for spring 2019.  To be notifies of details email you name and contact information to




Art Historian Roger Dell on Ancient Minoans at the Belfast Library Feb 7th


Roger Dell has offered to repeat the Talk on the Art and Religion of the Minoans.  The last talk at the Camden Opera House was a full house.  If you were unable to attend the first time, join Roger Dell at the Belfast Free Library, in Belfast Maine, 6:30-8:00 pm on February 7, 2017 .

The talk will provide an introduction to the aesthetic achievements and ritual practices of the Minoans, a prosperous, seafaring, matriarchal, culture that thrived 3500 years ago on the Greek Islands of Crete and Santorini.   Many scholars believe this highly-advanced society, which suddenly disappeared, to be the source of Plato’s Atlantis Myth.

Roger Dell in an art historian, museum educator and former Harvard lecturer residing in Rockland, Maine. For the past several years Roger was the Director of Education at the Farnsworth Museum, from where he retired in 2016.

Many years ago when visitng Santorini for the first time, Roger and his wife Nancy fell in love with the island. They decided to return and lived in Santorini for a year during which time Roger did research on Bronze Age Aegean civilization for a book he was writing.

During the talk on February 7th, Roger will share his insights about the ancient Minoans and some of his experiences living in Greece.

In May 2017, Roger is leading a tour, organized by Eurynome Journeys, to Santorini and Crete, “In Search of Ancient Atlantis Among the Greek Isles.

Belfast Free Library
106 High Street, Belfast, Maine 04915
Telephone: (207) 338-3884

Co-sponsored by Eurynome Journeys and the Belfast Free Library


Public Talk: ART & RELIGION of the Minoans with Art Historian Roger Dell

GR.RD.2017Join Roger Dell for an introduction to the aesthetic achievements and ritual practices of the Minoans, a prosperous, seafaring, matriarchal, culture that thrived 3500 years ago on the Greek Islands of Crete and Santorini.   Many scholars believe this highly-advanced society  to be the source of Plato’s Atlantis Myth.  Roger is also leading a tour to Greece, In Search of Atlantis, May 15-28, 2017.


Presented by Eurynome Journeys, Email:, Tel: 207.236.0110



Date: January 12, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Place: Camden Opera House, Tucker Room, 29 Elm Street, Camden, Maine ~ Greek appetizers will be served

Knossos Archaeological site in Crete, Greece

In Search of Atlantis Among the Greek Isles Minoan Art & Archaeology of Crete and Santorini


Explore Minoan Art & Archaeology of Crete and Santorini with Art Historian Roger Dell

May 15-28, 2017

Join Roger Dell, art historian, museum educator and Harvard lecturer, on a tour of some of the most important archaeological sites of Greece, related museum collections, and a search for the wellspring of western civilization.

This small group tour begins in Athens with an exploration of the archaeological finds from Crete and the Cycladic islands at the National Archaeological Museum and the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art. Next we will travel to the island of Crete, once the center of Minoan civilization, with its intriguing palace complexes thought to have been places of worship of a great-mother goddess. Then travel by sea to the spectacular island of Santorini, home of the ancient site of Akrotiri where a sophisticated Minoan settlement flourished over 3600 years ago. But like the story of Plato’s Atlantis a sudden natural catastrophe brought it to an end. The Minoan culture, Europe’s first civilization, is believed by some scholars to have been the basis for Plato’s Atlantis myth.

Group size is limited to approximately 12 participants.  Early booking price valid thru November 21, 2016

To reserve you space email: or call 207.236.0110

Archaeologist Michael Gibbons will join Eurynome Journeys on a new itinerary in Ireland

The tour explores the history and archaeology of Galway city, Inis Mor of the Aran Islands and the Dingle Peninsula.

Dates: August 8-15, 2016

Starts/Ends: Shannon Airport (SNN)

This is a great trip for those interested in an active holiday and  archaeology.


Ogham Stone on the Dingle Peninsula

The  focus will be on prehistoric and early Christian sites. Through them we will learn the lore and history of Ireland’s transition from paganism to Christianity. Hiking pilgrimage trails of Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, and the hill top sites of Dingle Peninsula puts the activity level of this tour at moderate to strenuous as most sites can only be reached on foot. Good hiking shoes are a must! This trip is co-ed and limited to 12 travelers.
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Countryside of Inis Mor

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Annual Ireland tour with Author Anne Chambers


Above with Anne Chambers & Walter Curley, former US ambassador to Ireland, during last year’s tour. Again in August we will tour Ireland In Search of Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley (Granuaile).  Highlight of the tour is a historical field trip of “Grace O’Malley country” with author Anne Chambers , biographer of the 16th century Celtic Queen.  This year’s tour is full, but we will post next year’s tour details shortly.  Visit the tour webpage to pre-register for 2014.