The Crafts and Arts of Early Greece (from 12th to the 8th centuries BCE)

Tuesday, 9 September, 6:30
Laby Theatre, Physics South, University of Melbourne

Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Visiting Professor, Irene Lemos, Oxford

This lecture looks at the work of Greek craftsmen and artists of the period from 1200 to 700 BCE. Although Mycenaean architecture and art have been greatly admired and the Archaic and Classical Greek monuments, ceramics and sculpture are well known and discussed, the achievements of the early Greek artists and craftsmen are less acknowledged and often even ignored. This lecture explores the ceramics, personal ornaments, tools and buildings of the period and argues that the early Greek craftsmen and artists achieved and accomplished a lot during a period when much social and cultural change took place. Indeed, their skills and achievements pioneered the perception of what is considered to be Greek art.

Professor Irene Lemos is Reader in Classical Archaeology at Oxford University, and Director of the Lefkandi-Xeropolis excavations in Euboea. She is the author of The Protogeometric Aegean: The Archaeology of the Late Eleventh and Tenth Centuries BC (Oxford, 2003) and of numerous publications on the Lefkandi excavations as they relate to elite burials in the Iron Age, tell formation processes and ceramic statistical analyses.