A concise presentation of the archeological site of Messene by its excavator and head of the restoration program. This edition will guide the visitor through the fortifications, the Theater, the Αgora and its sanctuaries, the impressive Stadium and its Palestra, as well as through the area of the funeral monuments. At the same time, the history of the research in the ancient town and its ongoing restoration highlight the importance of an interactive relationship between audience and monuments.  

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    The present edition offers a concise presentation of the archaeological site of Messene by its excavator and head of the restoration program, incorporating the latest results of archaeological research. Guided by informative texts, pictures and drawings, the visitor to the site can take in the history of the city, walk around its monumental fortifications and explore the Theatre, the Agora and its sanctuaries, the impressive Stadium with its Palaestra, as well as investigate the area of the funerary monuments. Through the history of the research in the ancient town and the enhancement and socialization of its monuments, the value of an interactive relationship between the visitors and the monuments becomes apparent.

    Ancient Messene, in its capacity as a functioning archaeological and ecological park, has acquired its own dynamics and self-sufficiency. This is because the potential offered by the majestic and simultaneously accessible and comprehensible remains of an entire ancient city, in combination with the controlled building activity in the surrounding modern settlements, has been substantially realized. In addition, the long-term investments in time and effort by all those who worked at the site since 1986 have paid dividends.

    Along with other important remains from the long history of Messenia, and situated within an unspoiled environment the homeland of the blessed olive tree reborn ancient Messene plays a decisive role, highlighting the region as a popular international tourist destination.

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    Weight 650 g
    Dimensions 19.6 × 26.7 cm
    Binding

    Language

    English, Greek

    Pages 144
    Images 196
    Drawings
    • PETROS THEMELIS

      Petros Themelis was born in Thessaloniki. He completed his secondary education at the Experimental School of the University of Thessaloniki. He received an undergraduate degree in History and Archeology from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Thessaloniki and a PhD from the Archaeological Institute at the University of Munich. He worked as scientific assistant in the Archaeological Service of the District of Thessaloniki and participated in excavations (Stratoni in Chalcidice, at Pella and Vergina). From 1963 to 1980, he served as curator and later as ephor of Antiquities for Elis–Messenia, Attica–Euboea, Phokis–Lokris and Aetolia-Acarnania. For a three-year period (1977-1980), he was director of the Archaeological Museum at Delphi. From 1980 to 1984, he was the head of the Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology and Speleology.

      From 1984 to 2003, he taught as a professor of Classical Archeology at the University of Crete, and served as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and also as President of the Research Committee in the same university. From 1985 to 2003, he headed the university research excavation in Sector I at ancient Eleutherna. From 1986 until the present day, he runs the excavation and restoration project in ancient Messene, for which endeavours he was awarded two Europa Nostra awards — in 2006 in Madrid and in 2011 in Amsterdam.

      Publications: Ten monographs, two hundred and fifty scientific studies, book reviews, archaeological guides, excavation reports, introductions to published works, articles in encyclopedias and translations. His serial-columns are regularly published in the daily Athenian and Messenian press.

      ΗΟΝOURS: Honorary citizen of Messene, Androusa and Kalamata, a lifetime-member of the Archaeological Society at Athens, corresponding member of the Archaeological Institute of America, member of the Society of Euboean Studies, of the German Archaeological Institute, of the Austrian Archaeological Institute, member of the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments, Chairman of the Society of Messenian Archaeological Studies, and Vice-President of the Centre for the Study of Modern Pottery–G. Psaropoulos Foundation.

      In 2005, he was honored with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, for his teaching, research and excavation works. In 2016, he was appointed, for the same reasons, a Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Also in 2016, he was appointed Honorary Professor of the University of Peloponnese.

      was born in Thessaloniki. He completed his secondary education at the Experimental School of the University of Thessaloniki. He received an undergraduate degree in History and Archeology from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Thessaloniki and a PhD from the Archaeological Institute at the University of Munich. He worked as scientific assistant in the Archaeological Service of the District of Thessaloniki and participated in excavations (Stratoni in Chalcidice, at Pella and Vergina). From 1963 to 1980, he served as curator and later as ephor of Antiquities for Elis–Messenia, Attica–Euboea, Phokis–Lokris and Aetolia-Acarnania. For a three-year period (1977-1980), he was director of the Archaeological Museum at Delphi. From 1980 to 1984, he was the head of the Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology and Speleology.

      From 1984 to 2003, he taught as a professor of Classical Archeology at the University of Crete, and served as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and also as President of the Research Committee in the same university. From 1985 to 2003, he headed the university research excavation in Sector I at ancient Eleutherna. From 1986 until the present day, he runs the excavation and restoration project in ancient Messene, for which endeavours he was awarded two Europa Nostra awards — in 2006 in Madrid and in 2011 in Amsterdam.

      Publications: Ten monographs, two hundred and fifty scientific studies, book reviews, archaeological guides, excavation reports, introductions to published works, articles in encyclopedias and translations. His serial-columns are regularly published in the daily Athenian and Messenian press.

      ΗΟΝOURS: Honorary citizen of Messene, Androusa and Kalamata, a lifetime-member of the Archaeological Society at Athens, corresponding member of the Archaeological Institute of America, member of the Society of Euboean Studies, of the German Archaeological Institute, of the Austrian Archaeological Institute, member of the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments, Chairman of the Society of Messenian Archaeological Studies, and Vice-President of the Centre for the Study of Modern Pottery–G. Psaropoulos Foundation.

      In 2005, he was honored with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, for his teaching, research and excavation works. In 2016, he was appointed, for the same reasons, a Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Also in 2016, he was appointed Honorary Professor of the University of Peloponnese.

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A concise presentation of the archeological site of Messene by its excavator and head of the restoration program. This edition will guide the visitor through the fortifications, the Theater, the Αgora and its sanctuaries, the impressive Stadium and its Palestra, as well as through the area of the funeral monuments. At the same time, the history of the research in the ancient town and its ongoing restoration highlight the importance of an interactive relationship between audience and monuments.  

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