Winter seminar 2015: Athens

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The annual Winter Seminar of the IASR found its way this year to Athens, Greece, which we were quite lucky to have as our destination—not only because of the urgency of the current socio-economical situation in Greece (which calls for serious consideration) but also because of the adorable weather & the unsurpassable ancient sites…

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The Athenian Acropolis, including the Parthenon, was introduced to us in admirable detail by the director of The Finnish Institute in Athens, Jari Pakkanen (with special expertise in applying modern technology to the study of ancient Greek archeology).

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photo by Pirjo Nikander]

We were fortunate to be hosted, too, by the The Finnish Institute at Athens for our internal seminars (see the post further down).

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[photo by Marjaana Rautalin]

Many of us were surprised by the relative quietness of life on the streets in Athens—though of course February is nothing like a holiday season in Greece.

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Thanks to Jukka Tyrkkö (all the pics by him, unless otherwise mentioned), one of our IASR fellows, for the elegantly taken photographs showing a glimpse of the beauty of Greek nature & culture!

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