The Antiquities of Greece During World War II

Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens
Madsen Building, The University of Sydney

This lecture, by Dr Stavros Paspalas, focuses on how Greece’s antiquities, ancient and medieval, fared during World War II, a period of upheaval, displacement and mass death. What were the attitudes of the occupying forces (German, Italian and Bulgarian) to Greece’s cultural heritage? How did the perceived role of Greece as one of the major sources of Western civilization impact on the occupiers? How did the Greek authorities prepare during the run-up towards the outbreak of hostilities? What was their stance during the subsequent Occupation? What symbolic role were the antiquities called to serve by the Greeks during these dark years? How did the antiquities themselves fare?

This event has been cancelled.