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21Feb

6th International Summer School on Ancient Technology 2018

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Programme Summary

Progress and innovation in technology were of exceptional importance for the development of ancient societies and have been of great interest to many disciplines. This year, the Ancient Technology Summer School discusses Production on Demand issues, offering the opportunity to examine how technological achievements of ancient cultures meet the needs of individuals or the wider society. Subjects such as how the diffusion of improved infrastructural, organizational and mechanical technologies facilitated the production and distribution of everyday or luxury items (e.g. faience, glassware, furniture, ceramics, toreutics, etc) or how the invention and transfer of new technologies served the needs of the ancient communities for comfort and well-being will be discussed.

In the course of the programme, the latest archaeological and historical research along with state-of-the-art scientific techniques applied to the study of antiquities will be presented by senior academics and field archaeologists who are experts in their research areas.

The Summer School on Ancient Technology is planned to be held annually with the aim of a) providing an international forum on technological achievements of the ancient Greek world and b) making greater use of the rich resources of Greece in terms of specialists in ancient technology research.

The aim of this 2-week intensive School is to make the participants more acquainted with aspects of ancient technologies by providing up-to-date knowledge presented and discussed by the experts of the relevant fields.

Subject Topics & Programme Structure

For 2018, the series of lectures offered are focusing on Ancient Technology & Production on Demand.

The series of lectures deploy around three interconnected topics.

  1. The development of techniques
  2. Markets and clients
  3. Beyond comfort production

The development of techniques

  • The technology of mining and metal production
  • Greek pottery production on demand
  • Workshops of Roman and Byzantine glass
  • Writing as a communication technology
  • Modern technology serving today’s archaeology: new methods in documenting, exhibiting and teaching antiquity.

 Markets and clients 

  • Market-oriented commodities in Late Bronze Age
  • Circulation of Greek and related metal ware
  • Construction of commercial and military harbours
  • The coinage demand: authorities and purposes 
  • The Antikythera Shipwreck: The Cargo - The Mechanism

Beyond comfort production

  • Furniture production and consumption up to the 1st millennium
  • Furniture and furnishings in Classical and Hellenistic times
  • Public architecture on demand: Mnesikles' versatility
  • Case studies of the commissions  of paintings and mosaics
  • Covering bathing needs in Hellenistic Macedonia
  • Great waterworks in Roman Greece. When utilitas meets amoenitas

Working Hours

For the period of 2 weeks (Monday to Friday) 20 lectures will be offered (10.00-12.30 hrs & 14.00-16.30 hrs). Total duration 55 hours, plus hours for Museum and Site Visits. All lectures will be in English and will be held at the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Course Credits

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the end of the programme to all participants who have fulfilled the course requirements.

Read more at the official website: http://web.ihu.edu.gr/atpd18/ 

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