Upcoming Lecture: Bucolic Architecture: Hellenic Pastoral Temples in the Peloponnese

AIA Central Arizona Society April Lecture

Title: Bucolic Architecture: Hellenic Pastoral Temples in the Peloponnese

Speaker: Sara Franck, Ph.D.

When and Where: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6pm, ASU Tempe Campus, Coor Hall Room L1-10

The role of small Hellenistic extra-urban temples has been overlooked in favor of larger and more easily accessible temples within the city or predominant sanctuary.  The Peloponnese is rich in such modest rural temples, all exhibiting architectural similarities which point to, not only a specific architectural style in this region, but a multi-functional role of these small temples for the city and surrounding landscape. They were critical in bolstering civic identity, social cohesion and territorial integrity among a diverse constituency, and were vital to the formation of major cities seeking to establish and legitimize their political position.

Sara graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in the Fall of 2014, spending four years on fellowship in Greece at the American School of Classical Studies during her graduate career.  Her focus is in ancient Greek architecture archaeology with a secondary focus in East Indian art and a Masters in Geographic Information Science. She has excavated at the sites of Ancient Messene and Ancient Corinth in the Peloponnese of Greece, and spent 1999-2006 serving as field supervisor working on the reconstruction of the heroon, a small commemorative monument at Ancient Messene. She also participated in developing a digital installation for visitor use of sites information ranging from Mycenean to Frankish periods for the Pyrgos Museum in Greece. Sara has worked with a small team assisting the Minneapolis Police Department using a program originally designed for reassembling pottery to aid the police in a murder investigation requiring the reassembly of a pane of glass.  She is currently working on an article regarding how rural temples related to ethnos and identity of the communities alongside their phases of construction activity, as well as collaborating with two colleagues on a catalog of Peloponnesian temples from Archaic-Roman periods, and a project with the 7th Ephorate of Greece for the in-depth documentation and study of the Perivolia Temple.

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