EΣTIA | Public Lecture
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Travellers to Greece, presented in partnership with the Tasmanian Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens and the EΣTIA Greek Festival.
The Renaissance witnessed a revival of classical antiquity and the Grand Tour undertaken by wealthy, young aristocrats gave rise to neoclassical art and architecture. Although often visited en route to Constantinople and Jerusalem it was not until the 18th century and early 19th century when the Napoleonic Wars made travel to Italy more difficult, and with growing sympathy for Greek independence, that Greece became a desired destination for travellers. They sought to explore the sites, art and architecture of ancient Greece often travelling with works of Pausanias, Thucydides and Homer in hand. This richly illustrated lecture considers these early travellers to Greece, the sites they visited and the monuments they saw.
Helen Nicholson, BA (Hons I), MPhil, University of Sydney
After completing her honours degree Helen headed overseas and spent 18 months on archaeological excavations and visiting sites and museums in Greece and Italy before returning to Sydney to undertake post graduate studies in Classical Archaeology. She developed school and adult education programs as the Education Manager at the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney and spent twenty years as a casual lecturer and tutor for the Department of Archaeology and the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney before taking a position as a Producer at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney for several years. In between teaching and leading over thirty overseas tours with a focus on archaeology and cultural heritage Helen has participated in numerous archaeological projects in both New South Wales and overseas. She has worked on projects in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Jordan, Uzbekistan and Cambodia, including three seasons at the AAIA’s excavations at Torone in northern Greece. Helen works as an archaeological consultant in Sydney and is the AAIA tour leader for their tours to Greece.