Scientific Conference “Fortifications of Justinian’s time in Macedonia and Thessaly”

Start Date:  01 Nov 2019

End Date:  02 Nov 2019

Showroom:  Amphitheatre "Melina Mercouri"

The Museum of Byzantine Culture inaugurated the temporary exhibition, titled “From Macedonian to Thessalian Tempi: From Rentina to Velika”, on 21 December 2018 in the wing of temporary exhibitions “Kyriakos Krokos”. In the exhibition five selected fortified places from Macedonia and Thessaly are presented, connected to each other, because they were founded, built, or renovated during the years of Emperor Justinian I (527-565). These are the castle of Rentina, the fortification wall of Cassandreia, the castle of Pydna, the castle of Platamonas and the castle of Velika. The exhibition also presents the city of Thessaloniki, as an example of a fortified metropolis. Particular importance is given to the communication and the roads that connected the fortifications and to the economic and commercial relations that have been developed in each area. The exhibition runs until 31 May, but is expected to be extended until 30 September 2019, as it is widely accepted by the public, which, as we see on a daily basis, is particularly interested in the issue.

As the exhibition presents only five fortified places from Macedonia and Thessaly, the Museum of Byzantine Culture, wishing to deepen into the issue of Byzantine fortification in the years of Justinian, organizes a conference, titled “Fortifications of Justinian’s time in Macedonia and Thessaly”, which will be dedicated to the memory of Professor N. Moutsopoulos, who, among other things, excavated the castle of Rentina.

The aim of the above conference is to present to the public known and unknown fortifications (cities, settlements, stations, towers, fortification walls, outposts) of Justinian I from Macedonia and Thessaly, and to illuminate issues related to the building of castles, to fortification, engineering, organization and use of space, and also to the war techniques of the time.

The conference is scheduled for 1 and 2 November 2019 and will be held at the “Melina Mercouri” amphitheatre of the Museum of Byzantine Culture.

Those interested are kindly requested to complete the attached participation form, which should be sent by 31 May 2019, with a summary of up to 300 words.

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On the participation form they have to write the following words: “For the Fortifications Conference”.