Gold and Power in the Peloponnese  Add To Calendar

  • Date(s): Thursday, 4/6 6:00 PM to Thursday, 4/6 7:00 PM
  • Address: National Hellenic Museum 333 S. Halsted
  • Location: Chicago , Illinois, United States

The Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies, in cooperation with the National Hellenic Museum, is proud to present: "Gold and Power in the Peloponnese."

This event includes two presentations of important excavations that yielded fascinating treasures and new data about the kingdoms of Early Greece in Mycenaean times (c. 1600-1200 BCE).


Professor Michael Cosmopoulos,  “Under the Scepter of Nestor: the Mycenaean Capital at Iklaina," will discuss how his systematic excavations in the region of Pylos have brought to light a major capital city of the Mycenaeans. Massive Cyclopean walls, monumental buildings decorated with skillfully executed wall paintings, advanced urban infrastructure, and the earliest known records of state bureaucracy in Greece, challenge our current knowledge about the origins and organization of states in Greece.


Professor Nanno Marinatos, “A Rich Unplundered Tomb from Routsi, Messenia: c. 1500 BCE",   will present an old excavation of her father Spyridon Marinatos in Messenia, close to Iklaina and dating to the same period. This tholos tomb was unplundered. Being the resting place of several occupants, it has yielded evidence of afterlife beliefs and burial customs. It has also yielded treasures of extraordinary craft and beauty: gold and bronze items, bronze inlaid daggers, mirrors, swords and sophisticated seal stones.

The event will take place at the National Hellenic Museum on Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6pm.