Polyxeni Adam-Veleni, “Thessaloniki, a Metro-polis through the centuries”

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Dr Polyxeni Adam-Veleni (Director General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports),  “Thessaloniki, a Metro-polis through the centuries”

During excavations of the Metropolitan Railway in modern Thessaloniki, significant antiquities in seven stops emerged. A new, unknown until now, town nearby, an unknown Roman cemetery of a rich village, many burials in the eastern and western necropolis of ancient Thessaloniki, while in two central stations, in the heart of the ancient and the modern city, have revealed many new data: the central marble avenue (the Roman “decumanus maximus”) with the vertical streets (the Roman “cardines”),two huge ellipsoid squares, many shops, luxury residences and public buildings. All of them compose a new magnificent picture of ancient Thessaloniki, and give new, unexpected, information about the city plan showing that the city during late antiquity, but also throughout Byzantium was not only the second city of the Byzantine Empire, the famous co-capital with Costantinople, but was also one of the most important cities in Europe.

ICS/BSA Autumn Lecture
When: November 28 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Senate House (Room 349) – London – Malet Street