Archaeological Tales

Books

Welcome to the worlds of the Archaeological Tales, where science, storytelling and music narrate and revive stories of a distant past.

THE PROMISE OF THE WHITE GODDESS

Enemies, who emerge from the fumes of Messene’s enraged land, define the fate of a scribe and his daughter as well as of a brave warrior and his gifted son.

THE JOURNAL OF THE STARS

The Journal of the Stars unravels the mystery of one of the most famous ancient shipwrecks, the shipwreck of Antikythera and its invaluable cargo, containing the most sophisticated mechanism of the ancient world, the Antikythera Mechanism.

THE DREAM OF NIKIAS AND MELITE

This archaeological tale is based on the “Pythia”, or otherwise the contests that begun to be organized at Delphi in the 6th century B.C. and were repeated every four years, without ever coinciding with the year of the Olympic games.

KYMOTHOI’S JOURNEY

This archeological tale takes place on the island of Naxos. Ιt describes the Mycenaean city of Grotta, which flourished around 1400-1200 B.C. A big part of the city remains nowadays under the sea but strong maritime currents make almost impossible any archaeological excavation.

THE GRIFFIN’S PROPHECY

On the spring of 1.200 B.C. a great symposium at Nestor’s Palace in Pylos narrates the story of a brave warrior and a priestess. This archaeological story was inspired by two fresco fragments, found at the palace of Nestor in 1939.

THE VOICE OF DREAMS

A dream leads the steps of the patient Apellas from Asia Minor’s distant Idriada to the Asklepeion of Epidaurus to heal, reviving at the same time one of the greatest sanatoriums of antiquity through a story written on a stele.

THE SECRET OF ZEPHYRUS

The Secret of Zephyrus takes place in the ancient city of Philippoi, one of the most important ancient cities of Eastern Macedonia. Two siblings, Zephyrus and Alkmene, grow up in the streets of the market and wonder through the public and private buildings, the temples and the theatre of Philippoi.

THE SPINNING TOPS OF TIME

Small spinning tops become the means for a girl to travel in time, as she searches for her precious friend, and get acquainted with ancient Greek toys, some of which are still carved on contemporary Greeks’ childhood.

Dr. Evy Papadopoulou is an archaeologist, with a PhD on Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Ioannina, Greece. From 1996 onwards she has been an active member at excavations in Patras, Olynthus of Halkidiki, Dodoni, Ithaca and Jordan.

She wishes to enhance cultural storytelling through the Archaeological Tales with ultimate aim the transmission of the archaeological knowledge and the Ancient Greek Civilization to the public.

The Aim

The acquaintance of the public worldwide with the different eras of the Ancient Greek Civilization.
The Archaeological Tales were created with the aim to revive Antiquity through Storytelling

The Αrchaeological Τales were created in 2013 by Archaeologist, Dr. Evy Papadopoulou. The ultimate aim of the Archaeological Tales, which are original stories based on true archaeological sites and finds, is the acquaintance of the public worldwide with the different eras of the ancient Greek civilization.

Scientific knowledge, in collaboration with fellow archaeologists, universities and other institutions, is offered in a unique and at the same time familiar way as we are all inclined to tell, hear and share stories.

Through storytelling, often accompanied by live music, these tales aim to revive the stories of people who, in the past, built cities, made families, fought, loved, danced, carved, painted and praised life, highlighting a path of common networks that could unite the antiquities of one or more countries, educating people of all ages to understand and embrace their cultural heritage, their identity and their future.

Events

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Stemnitsa’s Folk Art Museum

5-7 August 2016, Stemnitsa Arcadia
In August 2016, “The Spinning Tops of Time” was presented at the Folk Art Museum of Stemnitsa as part of a three-day program, with various events, called “The Hunt of the Lost Spinning Top”
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U.S. Capitol

25 February 2016, Washington DC, USA
On the 25th of February 2016, “Kymothoi’s Journey” and “The Dream of Nikias and Melite” were presented at the U.S. Capitol, in the presence of Congresswoman Carolyn B.Maloney and other Members of the Congress.
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National Gallery of Art

24 & 26 February 2016, Washington DC
On the 24th and the 26th of February 2016, “Kymothoi’s Journey” and “The Dream of Nikias and Melite” were presented at the National Gallery of Art of Washington DC, in conjunction with the exhibition “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World”
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IANOS Bookstore

6 February 2016, Athens
“Kymothoi’s Journey” was presented, on the 6th of February 2016, at IANOS Bookshop in Athens
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B&M Theocharakis Foundation for The Fine Arts and Music

2015 – 2016, Athens
On the 25th of October and the 22nd of November 2015, as well as on the 17th of January and the 10th of April 2016, “Kymothoi’s Journey” was presented at B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music in Athens, Greece.
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School Life and Education Museum

19 June 2015, Athens
On the 19th of June 2015, “Kymothoi’s Journey” was presented at the School Life and Education Museum in Athens, Greece.
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Conservatory of Athens

15-16 May 2015, Athens
On the 15th and 16th of May 2015, “Kymothoi’s Journey” and “The Dream of Nikias and Melite” were presented at the Seminar of Ancient Greek Music “Orpheus and Aristoxenos”
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NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

2014, Athens
On the 7th of June 2014 and on the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th of July 2014 as well as on the 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th of September 2014 and the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th of October 2014, “Kymothoi’s Journey” was presented at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

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