I had the pleasure to interview Dr Stavros Vlizos, the Assistant Director of The Amyklaion: Amykles Research Project. He is an archaeologist, a researcher and lecturer at the Ionian University in Corfu. I contacted Stavros in March 2014 and asked if he could cite my short story, Taras’ Parthenians on the Amyklaion’s website to help promote their work and the awareness of the sanctuary of the Amyklaion to the general public. In my short story the main scene of rebellion between the Parthenians against the Spartans took place at the sanctuary of the Amyklaion. Stavros answered 15 Questions I had about his work directing and organising the project, the purpose of the project, and its aims for the future. This is an interview to commemorate his hard work.
A huge thank you once again to Stavros for his contribution.
You can check out the Archaeologist Interview on the Interview category on my blog here.
Since the beginning of this year when we published all the wonderful work for Issue 4 of The Quarry, I have been eager to announce that my short story ‘Taras’ Parthenians’ in this issue has been linked onto the Amyklaion: The Amykles Research Project in Greece.
Here is the link: http://amyklaion.gr/?page_id=240
I was able to contact Dr Stavros Vlizos, the organiser and coordinator of the project, and asked if he could place my short story on their website to help promote their work and the awareness of the sanctuary of the Amyklaion to the public. In my short story ‘Taras’ Parthenians’ the main scene of rebellion between the Parthenians against the Spartans took place at the sanctuary of the Amyklaion. It is located at a distance of 5 km south of Sparta and on the hill of Agia Kyriaki, and specifically in the monumental Throne of Apollo. Images of this throne can be seen on the Amyklaion website, and also on my Pinterest.
The Director of the Project, Angelos Delivorrias, states in his opening comments on their website that the institutions responsible for this program are the Benaki Museum and the 5th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. The program aims at the resolution of various problems that continue to cloud the image of the sanctuary, despite the analytic description by Pausanias (III 18, 9. III 19, the 1) and the more or less fantastic representations of the Throne that have been proposed since 1814 and continue to the present day. It also aims at the complete revelation of the precinct wall, as well as the surface investigation of sections that have not been explored in the past, the increase in architectural features, many of which were built-in in Byzantine and post-byzantine monuments of the region, and the overall publication of conclusions and the final configuration of the archaeological site. It is an ambitious program that functions successfully due to the priceless assistance of a team of eminent scientists of many specialties, who have undertaken the complete study of all the data coming from the Sanctuary for the preparation of the multi-volume series entitled Amyklai that is under publication.
Once again a big thank you to Stavros and the Amyklaion team for allowing my short story and myself to be a part of the wonderful research and history of the sanctuary of the Amyklaion. It’s exciting to have two short stories of mine, ‘Taras’ Parthenains,’ and ‘Helike,’ linked to these amazing archaeology websites that promote the research of archaeological sites in Greece.
All the best,
Here is the article, ‘This Is Sparta! Or Is It?’ I wrote for Issue 2 for Grapeshot, Macquarie University’s Student Publication, with the theme, the Clash of the Titans. This article is linked to my short story, Taras’ Parthenians that was published with Issue 4 of The Quarry, that I was the Editor in Chief of. Please enjoy reading the article and the short story. Also don’t forget to check out my other History in Review articles published under the ‘Regulars‘ column on our website.