Archaeology Lecture to Feature Evi Gorogianni
Professor from The University of Akron to speak on Thursday, Nov. 10
WOOSTER, Ohio – Evi Gorogianni, professor of anthropology and classical studies at the University of Akron, will present “Myths, Archaeological Facts and Other Oddities: The Case of Cultural Contact in the Middle and Late Bronze Age Aegean” on Thursday, November 10 at the College of Wooster. Gorogianni’s lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).
The ancient Greek historian Thucydides reports that in the mythical age of heroes, Minos had established a Thalassocracy (rule of the seas) all over the Aegean region. Archaeologists of the 20th century have often flirted with the historicity of this particular myth in an effort to explain material culture change evident in the archaeological record of Aegean sites of the Middle and Late Bronze Age. Gorogianni will discuss this phenomenon of cultural change drawing on her work at the site of Ayia Irini on Kea, a major Bronze Age site excavated by the University of Cincinnati, and one of the locations that was deeply affected by the events that marked a dramatic rise in political power, international trade, and the construction of monumental architecture in the period around 1500 BC in the eastern Mediterranean region.
Gorogianni’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. There will be an open reception with beverages and snacks after the presentation in the foyer outside the lecture room. For more information call 330-263-2474.