Kythera Through Time


This lecture will examine the various cultural currents which have washed ashore on Kythera’s coasts over the past millennia.

Start Date

8th May 2018 6:00pm

End Date

8th May 2018 7:00pm


Centenary Lecture Theatre, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

E.; T. 6226 2299

presented by

Dr Stavros A. Paspalas

Acting Director, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens

Stavros Paspalas The island of Kythera, best known for its mythological and literary associations with Aphrodite, lies between southern Greece and Crete, and on the western threshold of the Aegean Sea. Its nodal position as regards seafaring and communication networks was well noted throughout Antiquity and into the Mediaeval period and impacted variously upon its inhabitants’ lives throughout history. An Australian team has conducted an archaeological survey project in the north-central part of Kythera since 1999, and this lecture will present some of its findings, and those of other archaeological expeditions, set against the background of the island’s history as known from the written sources.

The results of the Australian survey project have documented human presence in the survey area from the Early Bronze Age onwards, with particular peaks during the Minoan, Classical and Late Mediaeval periods. This lecture, though, will examine the island’s historical trajectory through to the early modern period. The archaeology of the island provides a view into how the lives of the islanders were affected by developments in the wider Mediterranean world, and how they strove to exploit the resources Kythera offered. Various cultural currents clearly washed ashore on Kythera’s coasts over the past millennia, and elements of them are still there to be found as we shall see.

About Stavros Paspalas

Dr Paspalas received his BA (Hons) and MA (Hons) degrees from the University of Sydney and his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He was appointed as Deputy Director of the AAIA in 1996. His research interests include the Greek world’s links with Lydia and the Achaemenid Empire, the archaeology of the northern Aegean during the Archaic and Classical periods, and the Early Iron Age Aegean. He is involved in a number of field projects, most actively recently in the Zagora Archaeological Project which he co-directs with Professor Margaret Miller and Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont, both of the University of Sydney.

He worked for many years on the excavations at Torone and on the Australian Paliochora Kythera Archaeological Survey. He has published on the cultural exchanges between Greece, especially Macedonia, and its eastern neighbours, ceramic studies, and matters related to the iconography of the ancient world.

Presented in partnership with the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.