Week 3

Week 4

Monday April 13

Sites Visited: Megalopolis (Classical city-state), Lykosoura (Classical sanctuary)

Where did we stay tonight?: Pylos

Leaders: Jason Spellmire and Alex Maceda

Vitruvius once said, “anyone who tries to reconstruct a temple based on my canon is like a lone actor in the theatre at Megalopolis, calling for warm bodies but alas… the Arcadian league has already dissolved into two separate entities…”

With this famous quote in mind, and after visiting Megalopolis in the morning and viewing a performance of the drama that was the history of the site (Professor Faro’s lecture), we set out to reconstruct the Temple of Despoina at Lykosaura. At least one group member (coughJasoncough) was excited to finally be seeing dinosaurs on this trip… fail.

Any attempt to convey in coherent prose the scenario that unfolded as the entire group struggled to make three small drawings could never do it justice. Instead, we present “FSP overheard;” that is, what an eavesdropper would have overheard as we worked on this project:

“I feel like a pregnant woman… I’m taking pictures for 2!”

“So do we all agree that there are six columns?”

“I have a theory about why you’re always smiling… it’s because your face is shaped that way! Make a straight face. See! His face is shaped that way! He has a freaking archaic smile!”

“Wait…this is a temple?”

“WHAT IS OUR *$#@!% MODULE?!?!?!?”

“Okay…so who has measurements for the walls?”

“40.5 centimeters?! ARE YOU KIDDING??? 40.64 centimeters!! NO COMPROMISES! I MEASURED THAT WITH AN ELECTRON MICROSCOPE!”

“Dinosaurs are sick… want some ketchup chips?”

“If we don’t use 41 centimeters, I am going to go buy some socks.”

“FML.”

“Can we draw proportionally accurate dismembered animals in our plan?”

“…well, you can drink the one that makes you hallucinate, or you can drink the one that gives you explosive diarrhea… or the one that makes you do both.”

At least one of these was said by an authority figure on the trip. Given these snippets, we have the confidence that you can imagine the rest. From Pylos, over and out.

Collaboration jam sesh:

Day 23 Photo Gallery:

Kathryn and Kait explore Megalopolis in the shadow of a scenic power plant.

Kathryn and Kait explore Megalopolis in the shadow of a scenic power plant.

Prof. Faro explains the ad hoc institutions of the Megalopolitan polis in the theater.

Prof. Faro explains the ad hoc institutions of the Megalopolitan polis in the theater.

Megalopolis, population: a lot!

Megalopolis, population: a lot!

Picnicking in the sun at Lykosoura

Picnicking in the sun at Lykosoura

Kate enjoys the many splendours of the Hellenic picnic at Lykosoura.

Kate enjoys the many splendours of the Hellenic picnic at Lykosoura.

The temple of Despoina at Lykosoura.

The temple of Despoina at Lykosoura.

Joe and Alex demonstrate the relative merits and drawbacks of Macedonian sarissa and hoplite sword measuring techniques.

Joe and Alex demonstrate the relative merits and drawbacks of Macedonian sarissa and hoplite sword measuring techniques.

Dallis works on the temple reconstruction assignment at Lykosoura.

Dallis works on the temple reconstruction assignment at Lykosoura.

Joe, Ally, Jerry, and Alex A. discuss the subtleties of the Doric order.

Joe, Ally, and Alex A. discuss the subtleties of the Doric order.

Alex and Ally ponder the finer points of Vitruvian syntax.

Alex A. and Ally ponder the finer points of Vitruvian syntax.

Kait, Jerry, and Jason crunch the numbers.  What IS the module!?  The world may never know...

Kait, Jerry, and Jason crunch some numbers. What IS the module!? The world may never know...

Chris and Charlie debate human error in archaeological measurement while Prof. Faro grades some of the ever-present reading quizzes.

Chris and Charlie debate human error in archaeological measurement while Prof. Faro grades some of the ever-present reading quizzes.

Alex and Kate measure the south doorway of the temple at Lykosoura.

Alex and Kate measure the south doorway of the temple at Lykosoura.

The group responds unfavorable to our unceremonious ejection from the site at the hands of the bad-tempered site guard.

The group responds unfavorably to our unceremonious ejection from the site at the hands of the bad-tempered and cryptofascist museum guard.

The students frantically gather pediment measurements before getting the proverbial heave-ho out onto the extra-sanctuary curb..

The students frantically gather pediment measurements before they get the proverbial heave-ho out onto the extra-sanctuary curb.

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