VIRTUAL - Stymphalos: A Planned City of Ancient Arcadia, Lecture by Hector Williams (U. British Columbia)
April 3, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
This is an online event.
Sponsored by: Bryn Mawr College
AIA Society: Philadelphia
AIA Rodney S. Young Memorial Lecture
Excavations at ancient Stymphalos, a small Arcadian late classical city set 2000 feet up in the mountains of the northern Peloponnese, have uncovered fifteen areas of the city within its sturdy fortification walls. Famously as the site of Herakles’ sixth labour, killing the Stymphalian birds, the city also produced two Olympic victors and mercenary forces that served from Carthage to the Middle East. The talk will look at the well built houses of the town, its theatre and wrestling school, its sanctuaries and their hundreds of oﬀerings, the sophisticated city defences, and temples that included some with marble roof tiles (rare in Greece). It will also present four early Christian cemeteries and their burials, which throw light on local inhabitants. We also pioneered the use of geophysical exploration in Greece, revealing an orthogonally planned city of the 4th c. BC.