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Antikythira - Aeglias: An island "between Persia and Rome"

Lecture by Aris Tsaravopoulos on "Antikythira - Aeglias: An island" between Persia and Rome "
29/11/2017 at 18:30
Saratsi Amphitheater

In Antikythira, an entire ancient city that thrived from the 4th century. B.C. until the 1st century. B.C. is preserved. The walls, constructed with the economic contribution of the Persian Empire in its attempt to organize a counterattack in Alexander the Great, are preserved throughout their length and in some places up to a height of 9 meters. After the disappearance of the Persian Empire and the death of Alexander, the island, as we know from epigraphic testimonies, took part in the pirate activities of the Cretan cities during the Hellenistic period and was destroyed during the Roman campaign that broke the "Cretan Revolution" in 67 BC under the guise of the "anti-piracy campaign"!
The results and historical conclusions drawn from the excavation carried out on the island constantly since 1999 will be presented.
The hypothesis linking the well-known "Antikythera shipwreck" with the activities of the Antikythera inhabitants and the Cretan-Roman conflict that resulted in the final enslavement of the great island to the Romans in 67 BC will also be postulated.


Jewish education in Southeastern Europe

Conference on "Jewish education in Southeastern Europe (mid 19th-mid 20th century)"
24/11/2017 - 25/11/2017
Tsikriki Hall

The University of Thessaly and the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe organize a conference on Jewish education from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The conference will take place in the Tsikriki building (Gamveta 6), in Volos.
The lectures will be in English. The thematic units of the conference are the following:
Jewish education in the Ottoman Empire and Greece (mid 19th-mid 20th century)
Establishment of the Alliance Israélite Universelle Schools and Their Role in Jewish Emancipation
Jewish education in Greek and international schools


Applications of Information Technology towards the Development of Digital Skills among High School Students

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly and the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas are organizing an event with title “Applications of Information Technology towards the Development of Digital Skills among High School Students”. The event will take place at Hotel Xenia Volos on Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 12.00 to 14.00. Registration will start at 11.30.

The event targets secondary education teachers as well as individuals with an interest in the application of technology in learning contexts, both formal and informal.

The event is organized in the context of project EMPLOY: Digital Skills for Employability and Social Inclusion, which is funded with the support of the ERASMUS+ program of the European Commission and is implemented from September 2015 to February 2018. The consortium consists of partners from Greece, Turkey, France, Estonia, and Italy.

The importance of digital skills is underscored by European initiatives such as ET2020, New Skills for New Jobs, and the Digital Agenda for Europe. These initiatives stress the fact that digital skills are in high demand in all professional sectors. As a result, individuals with insufficient digital skills are in danger of becoming professionally marginalized and, as a result, are at risk of social exclusion.

EMPLOY aims to alleviate this risk through the design and development of digital games intended to be used in reverse classroom contexts for raising awareness on the need to develop digital skills and for promoting further learner engagement in related initiatives. To game exposes learners to educational scenarios inspired by the world of work that simulate the deployment of digital competences in work contexts.

The audience will be exposed to emerging game-based, active, and experiential learning methodologies, a demonstration of the EMPLOY serious game, as well as presentations of the results of deploying the EMPLOY game in classrooms. More information is available at http://employproject.eu.


Spatial and Social Transformations in the refugee slum of Drapetsona, 1922-1940

Eleni Kyramargiou (postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Mediterranean Studies, Crete)
Drapetsona is situated on the western coast of Piraeus and it was developed as a refugee settlement for newcomers from Asia Minor in the early 1920s. Its proximity to the port and the industrial plants created favorable conditions for the process of urbanization that rapidly transformed the surrounding area. The vast majority of the inhabitants lived in makeshift homes, shacks and hovels that did not follow any plan of organized settlement.


Life and Death at Nemea: The Hero Opheltes and the Origin of the Nemean Games

Jorge Bravo received his Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of California at Berkeley and is now Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Maryland.  His book, Excavations at Nemea IV: The Shrine of Opheltes, will be published in January by the University of California Press.  He is co-director of the American Excavations at Kenchreai and an NEH Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
The Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea was host to one of the great athletic festivals of ancient Greece, the Nemean Games, on par with the ancient Olympics.  In this talk I will describehow the ancient Greeks connected the origin of the Games with the myth of the hero Opheltes, a baby whose sudden death created a ritual obligation to honor the child with funerary rites and games.  Archaeological evidence from the Shrine of Opheltes at Nemea combines with literary and artistic testimony to shed light on how the bond between the Games and the child hero was celebrated throughout antiquity with ritual observances such as sacrifice and libations.  I will alsoexplore the cultural and political significance of this curious juxtaposition of the celebration of life and the commemoration of death, which constitutes an intricate expression of the ancient Greek conception of human mortality.


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