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Speaker to Discuss Storied Sanctuary of Poseidon at Isthmia on March 3

Jon Frey, assistant professor of art history at Michigan State University, will speak at The College of Wooster

17 February, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio, — Jon Frey, assistant professor of art history at Michigan State University, will present "Excavating the Archives at the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Isthmia" on Monday, March 3, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A reception will follow the presentation.

From its role in the Greek era as a Panhellenic athletic sanctuary to its use in defending the Peloponnesos against invasion in the later Roman period, the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Isthmia always played an important role in the lives of ancient Greeks. Yet the unassuming appearance of the site today often gives rise to the mistaken notion that there is little left to discover here. Frey's lecture will address the results of recent investigations that are changing our understanding of the site and what it reveals about the history of Roman intervention in Greece. Perhaps even more importantly, because it has been conducted primarily in the excavation archives, this research project shows by example that new discoveries do not always require new trenches in the field.

Frey teaches courses on the Classical World, Classical Mythology, Ancient Art, and Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology. He has participated in archaeological projects in Egypt, Crete, and Greece, and currently serves as field coordinator at the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia. His most recent publication, "Pausanias, William Martin Leake and the 'Depopulation' of Ancient Greece," in Archaeology and History of Medieval and Post Medieval Greece (Ashgate, 2008), explores the role early travelers have played in shaping the research goals of classical archaeologists today. A graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a degree in ancient history and classics before earning his master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Frey's current research focuses on the reuse of building material as evidence for individual and local agency in late antiquity. Also, he leads a study abroad program in Greece each summer.

Frey's lecture is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2474) or e-mail.