Demetrias: the archaeology of a multi-ethnic royal port city in the Hellenistic Aegean

A day-conference, linked to the ongoing collaborative research project on ancient Demetrias run by the University of Oxford and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia, will be held in the Lecture Theatre, The Stelios Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', Oxford, OX1 3LU, on Saturday 29 October 2022.

It will be a hybrid event, available online via zoom: 

Programme (all times are BST)


Anthi Batziou (Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia) and Maria Stamatopoulou (Univ. of Oxford): Welcome and Introduction


Anthi Batziou (Director, Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia): Demetrias, an Antigonid royal foundation and entrepot


Peggy Triantaphyllopoulou (Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia): Housing and settlement in Hellenistic and Roman Demetrias


Discussion & Tea/Coffee


Elsa Nikolaou (Deputy Director, Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia): The northern cemetery of ancient Demetrias: the tombs, grave goods and the organisation of burial space


Hara Topa (Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia): Conservation of the stone monuments of Demetrias: challenges, choice of materials, assessment of results


Discussion & Lunch break


Sofia Kravaritou (Independent scholar, Volos): New evidence on the cults and sacred space of Demetrias: the votive monuments


Discussion & Coffee/Tea


Maria Stamatopoulou (Oxford): The early excavations (1906-1925) in the southern sector of Demetrias: the southern cemetery and the painted tombstones


Giovanni Verri (Art Institute of Chicago): The painting of the dead: the use of technical imaging for the investigation of the stelai of Demetrias


Discussion, Closing Remarks


Drinks Reception and Opening of the photo exhibition on the painted tombstones of Demetrias in the Outreach Room

Attendance is free. Please do let us know if you are planning to attend in person so as to have a rough idea about numbers for lunch and coffee/tea breaks. For this and any further information, please contact:

The two-year research project and the day conference are generously supported by the John Fell Fund and Lincoln College, University of Oxford, and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

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