Cultural heritage, the comparative advantage of Paros

Dora Katsonopoulou’s talk at the two-day conference of Paros, on April 13-14, 2024

The Proceedings volume of the 2nd International Conference on the Archaeology of Paros and the Cyclades, dedicated to the great poet of ancient Paros Archilochos and his era, was first presented in Paroikia of Paros on October 4, 2008. The presentation began with a speech of Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, President of IAPC, on the contents and the significance of the volume. Then, Part I was presented by Prof. Ioannis Petropoulos of the Univercity of Thrace and Part II by Prof. Petros Themelis of the University of Crete. The event was welcomed by the Mayor of Paros Mr. Christos Vlachogiannis. The second presentation of the volume took place in Athens at the Museum of Cycladic Art on December 16, 2008, an event co-organised with the Federation of Parian Societies of Athens (OPAS).

The Proceedings volume of the 3rd International Conference on the Archaeology of Paros and the Cyclades, dedicated to the famous sculptor and architect of Paros of the 4th century BC Skopas, was first presented by Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, President of IAPC, and the archaeologist Konstantinos Roussos – Byzantine archaeology, in Paroikia of Paros on 5 April 2014 (photos 2, 3). The second presentation of the volume took place in Rome at the University of Rome III, on 18 June 2014. Presentations about the book were made by Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, President of IAPC, Profs. Giuliana Calcani, Paolo Moreno and Marco Galli, and the Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Rome Dr Elena Lattanzi (photos 6, 8, 9, 10).

Following an invitation to the President of IAPC, Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, by Dr Anna Trofimova, Director of the Greek and Roman Antiquities Department of the Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg in Russia, the Skopas book was presented at the Royal Hall of the Museum on 28 October 2014 (photos 1, 4, 5, 7). In the same year on December, the volume was finally presented at the premises of the Ledakis Foundation in Athens at the initiative of the President of the Foundation Mrs. Efi Ledakis (photos 11, 12).

The Proceedings volume of the 4th International Conference on the Archaeology of Paros and the Cyclades, dedicated to Paros and the colonies it founded in the ancient world, was first presented in Athens on December 12, 2018, in collaboration with OPAS. The book was presented by Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, President of IAPC, Dr Elena Partida of the Ministry of Culture, and Prof. Lilian Karali of the Athens University (photos 1, 2). The second presentation of the volume took place in Paroikia of Paros on April 1, 2019 (photo 3).

On the occasion of the Conference on Paros’ colonies, a specific presentation took place on 4 April 2016 in the European Parliament in Brussels concerning the colony of Paros founded in the Adriatic, Pharos, located in today’s Stari Grad in Croatia (photos 4, 5, 6). Archaeologists from both places, Paros and Croatia, made presentations on the history and archaeology of both countries. Paros was presented by the President of IAPC, Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou and the Director of excavations at Despotiko islet of Antiparos Mr. Yannos Kourayos. Following this event, a twinning between Paros, the metropolis, and Stari Grad (Pharos), the colony, was established in September 2016, when a delegation from Paros including the Mayor of Paros Mr. Markos Kovaios and the President of IAPC, Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, visited Stari Grad (photos 7, 8, 9).

The Proceedings volume of the 5th International Conference on the Archaeology of Paros and the Cyclades, dedicated to Paros through the ages from prehistoric times to the 16th century AD, was first presented in Athens on 9 May 2022, in collaboration of IAPC with OPAS. The book was presented by Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, President of IAPC, Dr. Georgios Mostratos of the Ministry of Culture, Prof. Ioannis Petropoulos of the Univercity of Thrace, Dr. Giorgos Kalofonos Byzantinist, and Prof. Ioannis Koukouvelas of the Patras University (photos 1, 2). Following the Athens presentation, the Paros V Proceedings volume was presented in Paros on 4 June 2022 by a panel of scientists including Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, President of IAPC, Prof. Lilian Karali of the Athens University, Prof. Ioannis Petropoulos of the Univercity of Thrace, Dr. Giorgos Kalofonos Byzantinist, and Prof. Ioannis Koukouvelas of the Patras University (photo 3).

The Paros V book was also presented by the President of IAPC, Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, at the University of Padova in Italy, at the initiative of Prof. Alessandra Copolla of the University of Padova, on 10 October 2022 (photos 4, 5, 6).

The Athens Event on the Parian Quarries

The event entitled “The Ancient Marble Quarries of Paros – The Significance and Highlighting of the Monument and its Space” was organized by OPAS, IAPC and ‘Archilochos’, in collaboration with the Municipality of Paros and under the auspices of the Region of South Aegean, on the important issue of the ancient marble quarries of Paros, and took place in Athens on 30 November 2019. The event was coordinated by the President of IAPC, Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, who in her speech presented the types of the ancient quarries of Paros in Marathi and Lakkoi, the mining techniques and a panorama of the sculptural works of Parian marble proving that Paros through its famous sculptors, sculpture workshops and great sculptural works essentially dominated the ancient Mediterranean world from the 6th century BC until the 2nd-3rd centuries AD. Kostis Soukis, Dr of Geology at the University of Athens, spoke about the geology of marble, whereas the geophysical methods for monitoring the effects of modern quarrying activity on the underground stoas in Marathi, with the aim of saving and protecting them, were presented by Prof. Ioannis Koukouvelas of the University of Patras. The Cultural Management Consultant, Dr Ioannis Poulios of the Hellenic Open University, referred to actions for the proper and safe management of the cultural monument of the quarries mainly through the awareness and mobilization of the local community.