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.

About Classics and Ancient History Seminars

Event details

  • The seminars take place at 4pm, in the Michie Building (09), Room 536
  • Seminars are also on Zoom. Send an email to Duncan Keenan-Jones (d.keenanjones@uq.edu.au) for the link.
  • Upcoming seminars can be found here.
  • Please be aware that we are still operating under Covid-19 regulations during public events. Masks are no longer required at UQ locations - however, UQ strongly encourages mask wearing when physical distancing is not possible. UQ strongly encourages all campus attendees to be up to date with vaccinations. And finally, those who are feeling unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 7 days or have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 7 days, are asked not to attend this seminar.
  • For those attending in person, if you would like to join us for drinks and/or dinner afterwards at UQ’s St. Lucy's from 5:15 pm, please RSVP by email to Duncan Keenan-Jones (d.keenanjones@uq.edu.au) by 9am on the day of the seminar.
  • Please also contact Duncan Keenan-Jones should you have questions about the event.

The Friends of Antiquity, an alumni organisation of the University, runs its own series of public lectures, which take place on Sunday afternoons. The Friends’ program for can be found at https://alumni.uq.edu.au/friends-of-antiquity