Elisavet P. Sioumpara, Service for the Restoration of the Acropolis Monuments (Υ.Σ.Μ.Α.) – Greek Ministry of Culture, will give a lecture entitled “A New Reconstruction of the Archaic Parthenon: the Archaic Acropolis and the Development of Greek Architecture Revisited”.
The archaic Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis is, even today, one of the most contentious issues in the research of classical archeology. The questions relating to the form and type of the temple, as well as its exact position on the Sacred Rock, have been the subject of numerous and conflicting studies during the past 130 years. The Scattered Architectural Members project of the Service for the Restoration of the Acropolis Monuments (Y.Σ.Μ.Α.) focuses on the study of all the porous architectural members from the so-called “H-Architektur” or the “Hekatompedon”. This project does not only enable the complete reconstruction of the temple, highlighting once again its unique architecture, but also allows the promotion of new arguments concerning the exact location of the monument on the Sacred Rock. The findings are explored in relation to the appearance of the first monumental Doric peripteral temples made entirely of stone, as well as in connection with to the archaic Acropolis in particular and the city of Athens in general during the corresponding period.