Queensland Friends of the Archaeological Institute at Athens (QFAAIA) Public Lecture

Presenter: Dr Stavros Paspalas, AAIA Acting Director

The island of Kythera, best known for its mythological and literary associations with Aphrodite, lies between southern Greece and Crete, and on the western threshold of the Aegean Sea. Its nodal position as regards seafaring and communication networks was well noted throughout Antiquity and into the Mediaeval period and impacted variously upon its inhabitants’ lives throughout history. An Australian team has conducted an archaeological survey project in the north-central part of Kythera since 1999, and this lecture will present some of its findings, and those of other archaeological expeditions, set against the background of the island’s history as known from the written sources. The results of the Australian survey project have documented human presence in the survey area from the Early Bronze Age onwards, with particular peaks during the Minoan, Classical and Late Mediaeval periods. This lecture, though, will examine the island’s historical trajectory through to the early modern period. The archaeology of the island provides a view into how the lives of the islanders were affected by developments in the wider Mediterranean world, and how they strove to exploit the resources Kythera offered. Various cultural currents clearly washed ashore on Kythera’s coasts over the past millennia, and elements of them are still there to be found as we shall see.

Lunch will be served.

If you would like to attend our function RSVP by phone or email by Wednesday, 19 April.

  • Members & Guests $25.00
  • Students $15.00
Payment options
  • Pay at the door. Please inform Carmel you are coming.
  • Transfer payment to QFAAIA account:
    • BSB: 084 004
    • A/C: 17 443 7544
    • Reference: your name

This event is also sponsored by the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland.


Forgan Smith Building (1),
St Lucia campus