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October 05, 2011

Greek Islands Trip

Roman Aqueduct, Moria, Lesvos

In September we visited 4 Greek islands - Patmos, Chios, Lesvos and Samos. So much to see and take in, much of the itinerary new to me. Peter Jones (founder of Friends of Classics) organised readings from the works of Herodotus and Sappho, and Stan Ireland (Classics Department) gave talks on the area and the ancient world in general. Highlights for me were the Roman 2nd century AD Aqueduct at Moria on Lesvos and the 6th century BC Aqueduct-Tunnel of Eupalinos and the Heraion, both near Pythagoreio on Samos. We also visited some superb Byzantine churches, including the Monastery of St John on Patmos, Nea Moni and the chapel of Panayia Krina on Chios, and Moni Leimonos on Lesvos. Not strictly related to libraries or to information resources but it was good revision for me of ancient sites, classical architecture and Greek history. A very worthwhile trip and it renewed my enthusiasm for the subject as we go into the new session.


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