Week 6

Week 6

Wednesday April 29th

Sites Visited: Numismatic Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Athenian Agora

Where did we stay tonight?: Athens

Leaders: Ally Begly and Jerry Guo

This morning the group awoke bright and early, enlivened by the scent of fresh Tang wafting down the steps from the 10th floor breakfast buffet. After getting our monthly intake of fresh fruit at breakfast, Professor Christesen bestowed upon us a special welcome back gift: an assignment on the Agora, Athens’ ancient market place and civic center. There is nothing like writing in the morning or drawing dozens of (extremely) rough building plans to get the day started off right. After finishing our assignment, we went to the Numismatics Museum, also known as Heinrich Schliemann’s fabulous Athenian mansion, modeled after a Minoan palace and/or a Pompeiian villa (he had to spend that Crimean War money somehow).[1] Jason enlightened us with a SPELLbinding tale (get it?) about Septimius Severus’ coinage. He gave a dramatic and inspiring lecture, despite the lack of actual Septimius Severus coinage. After bidding farewell to the Museum and Schliemann’s abode, we mounted an expedition to the National Museum. Following the FSP vow of “No Man Left Behind” Jerry and Professor Christesen scoured the city for CJ (who was actually left behind). Everything turned out well in the end as we all met up at the National Museum at the exact right moment. Ally and Jerry sat with the bags as the rest of the group went in to look at pottery for their upcoming presentations. After the National Museum, we hopped on the subway and ate a quick gyro at Monastiraki. Then it was on to the Agora to meet Dr. David Scahill once again, who was unfortunately sans his trademark hat. Dr. Scahill gave us a great lecture on the various buildings in the Agora and also allowed us access to the top-secret basement pottery stores of the excavations. We looked at billions of transport amphorae, and also saw the old excavation notebooks. Then we ventured out into the Agora itself and saw the remains of a number of virtually all of the major ancient buildings, including the Stoa of Attalos (the Hellenistic shopping mall) and the Hephaisteon. After a quick look in the museum, we negotiated a wake up time for tomorrow and headed back to the Astor for dinner, or into the welcoming if slightly Euro-techno atmosphere of Chroma to use the internet. Back to the National Museum tomorrow to finish up our student presentations.



[1] We used Wikipedia to come up with this joke, so you will probably need Wikipedia to understand it.
Lecture in the Agora:

Day 39 Photo Gallery:

Jason presents on the African issues of Septimius Severus at the Numismatic museum in Athens.

Jason presents on the African issues of Septimius Severus at the Numismatic museum in Athens.

Presenter action pose.

Presenter action pose.

The splendour of Schliemann's mansion/the Numismatic museum, all decked out in Pompeiian third style fresco.

The splendour of Schliemann's mansion/the Numismatic museum, all decked out in Pompeiian third style fresco.

Charlie decides he likes the Dupondius the best.

Charlie decides he likes the Dupondius the best.

A bust of Lucius Verrus surveys the scene.

A bust of Lucius Verrus surveys the scene.

Alex M., Alex A. and Kate explore the upper story of the Stoa of Attalos at the Athenian Agora.

Alex M., Jason, and Kate explore the upper story of the Stoa of Attalos at the Athenian Agora.

Perennail FSP favorite David Scahill explains a model of the Athenian Agora to the group.

Perennial FSP favorite David Scahill explains a model of the Athenian Agora to the group.

The Hephaisteion looms behind the Agora model.

The Hephaisteion looms behind the Agora model.

Kathryn, Alex A., Jerry, and Ben inside the conservation lab in the Stoa of Attalos.

Kathryn, Alex A., Jerry, and Ben inside the conservation lab in the Stoa of Attalos.

In amongst the study collection in the Stoa.

In amongst the study collection in the Stoa.

Transport amphorae aplenty in the basement storerooms of the Stoa of Attalos.

Transport amphorae aplenty in the basement storerooms of the Stoa of Attalos.

The cavernous depths of the Agora storerooms.

The cavernous depths of the Agora storerooms.

David Scahill points out an interesting inscription to the students.

David Scahill points out an interesting inscription to the students.

Joe, Jerry, and Dallis examine the remains of the ballot box and courtroom in the basement of the Stoa.

Joe, Jerry, and Dallis examine the remains of the ballot box and courtroom in the basement of the Stoa.

A reproduction of a juror's ballot hangs near the courtroom remains in the basement of the Stoa.

A reproduction of a juror's ballot hangs near the courtroom remains in the basement of the Stoa.

Jerry observes a group of Greek children in the Agora.

Jerry observes a group of Greek children in the Agora.

Lecture at the Tholos in the agora, with the Acropolis looming overhead.

Lecture at the Tholos in the agora, with the Acropolis looming overhead.

Acanthus plant growing in the Agora.

Acanthus plant growing in the Agora.

Urban archaeology rears its rebar-crested head in the Agora.

Urban archaeology rears its rebar-crested head in the Agora.

David Scahill explains the history of the temple of Mars in the Agora.

David Scahill explains the history of the temple of Mars in the Agora.

Faunal residua at the temple of Mars

Faunal residua at the temple of Mars

At the Hephaisteion

At the Hephaisteion

Kaineus gets it at the Hephaisteion.

Kaineus gets it at the Hephaisteion.

Marvelling at the impressive masonry at the well-preserved Hephaisteion.

Marvelling at the impressive masonry at the well-preserved Hephaisteion.

Ben enjoys the vistas of Lykavittos hill and the Stoa of Attalos from the Hephaisteion.

Ben enjoys the vistas of Lykavittos hill and the Stoa of Attalos from the Hephaisteion.

Jason connects with his inner aristocrat via a Geometric horse pyxis at the Agora museum.

Jason connects with his inner aristocrat via a Geometric horse pyxis at the Agora museum.

Kathryn and Joe in the Agora museum.

Kathryn and Joe in the Agora museum.

Meta-pottery at the Agora museum.

Meta-pottery at the Agora museum.

Sweet dudes.

Sweet dudes.

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