The Parthenon: History and Controversy with Archaeologist/Art Historian Rolf Winkes


Join Archaeologist Rolf Winkes on an educational tour to Greece exploring the history of the iconic Parthenon and the modern day controversy about its sculptures.

The tour will begin in Athens, Greece and will visit Delphi, Olympia, Nafplio, Epidaurus, Mycenae and ends with a few days on a Greek island.

Proposed itinerary:

Athens 2 nights-Tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

Delphi 2 nights-Tour the site of the Oracle and the Delphi Museum

Olympia 2 nights-Tour the archaeological site of Olympia, the  birthplace of the Olympics, and the Archaeological Museum and the fascinating Olympic Museum.  Wine tasting at a nearby family-run winery.

Nafplio 3 nights-Tour the sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus and explore the seaside city of Nafplio, the first capital of modern day Greece.

Hydra 3 nights-A short boat ride from the mainland-this small island was influential in the Greek fight for independence and has maintained a traditional way of life.  The island is known as the Artist’s Muse.

Optional night in Athens-for those with morning flights.

Tour is planned for Spring 2019.
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Rolf Winkes grew up in Germany, where he did his graduate study in Classical Archaeology, Ancient Greek, Ancient and Prehistoric Archaeology, as well as Egyptology and Early Christian Art and Philosophy. In 1969, he was invited to Brown University, where he taught art and archaeology until 2008.  He co-founded the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art, later renamed the Joukowsky Institute, which is one of the leading archaeological institutes in the world, and has traveled to two dozen countries on three continents. Rolf spent 12 seasons excavating the Palaipolis of Corfu, beginning in 1986, and later worked at the site of Tongobriga in Portugal. He 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 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, where he volunteers his time teaching courses at Coastal Senior College.

FREE Lecture at the Camden Opera House on March 27, 2018

The Parthenon: The Curse of Minvera, History and Controversy
Free to the public: Parthenon Lecture
Greek appetizers and wine will be served
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