Reconstructing an Iconographical Program of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos: New Wall Paintings and Their Interpretation

Professor Jack Davis, University of Cincinnati

Hosted by the Archaeological Institute at Athens, Classical Association of Victoria & The School of Historical & Philosophical Studies

The Bronze Age ‘Palace of Nestor’ at Pylos, originally excavated by Carl Blegen in the 1950s, is unique in allowing investigators to consider its wall-paintings in context. In a great many instances it is possible to restore the entire iconographical program of decoration in a room or in an architectural complex. The discovery in 1995 of some 50,000 unpublished fragments of wall-paintings has resulted in the reconstruction of entirely new iconographical scenes and has contributed greatly to our knowledge of Bronze Age style and the technology of painting.

Jack L. Davis is Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology at the University of Cincinnati, and since 2007 has served as Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Date: Wednesday, 24 August 2011 | 6.30pm

Venue: Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville

Registration opens on Thursday, 21 July and close on Wednesday, 24 August. See the website to register.

Enquiries: Contact Jean Goh in the School of Historical & Philosophical Studies at or 9035 3296.