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Programme Summary

Progress and innovation in technology were of exceptional importance for the development of ancient societies and have been of great interest to many disciplines. This year, the International Hellenic University Summer School is focusing on Ancient Technology and the Voyage of Luxuries offering the opportunity to study how technological achievements of ancient cultures facilitate luxurious activities; luxury as a social practice is exclusive per se. Based on the processes of the integration of those who belong to a certain elite group, but also on the exclusion of those who don’t, it is actually a social identifier throughout Antiquity. Subjects such as how the diffusion of improved infrastructural, organizational and mechanical technologies facilitated the production and distribution of luxury items (e.g. faience, glassware, jewelry, ceramics, toreutics, etc) or how the invention and transfer of new technologies served the needs of the ancient societies for prosperity, hence luxury, will be discussed.

In the course of the programme, the latest historical research along with state-of-the-art scientific techniques applied to the analysis of archaeological findings will be presented by senior academics and field archaeologists who are experts in their research areas

The Summer School on Ancient Technology is planned to be held annually with the aim of a) providing an international forum on technological achievements of the ancient Greek world and b) making greater use of the rich resources of Greece in terms of specialists in ancient technology research.

The aim of this 2-week intensive School is to make the participants more acquainted with aspects of ancient technologies by providing up-to-date knowledge presented and discussed by the experts of the relevant fields.

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Programme Topics & StructureReturn to top


  • Early Glass: Cutting-edge technologies and luxury items 
  • Craft production in the Mycenaean palatial records
  • Luxury and Coinage
  • The circulation of ceramics as containers and/or luxury items
  • Luxury Toreutics: Vagaries of Life-Style and Diplomacy


  • Bathing systems in Classical and Hellenistic Greece. The case of the ancient Pella Bath structures. 
  • Paintings and mosaics in ancient Greece and  Hellenistic Macedonia
  • Sculptures adorning Roman Monumental Structures 
  • Designing for luxury on the Bay of Naples
  • Luxury for the laity: the Propylaia of the Acropolis at Athens 
  • Geophysical methods in the detection of buried antiquities


  • Early capital investment in land transport  of metals and textiles
  • Prestige transactions? The travel of Linear B inscribed transport stirrup jars
  • Evidence of cargoes from a Bronze Age shipwreck 
  • The Antikythera Shipwreck: the route, the cargo and the Mechanism 
  • Harbors and Harbor cities in antiquity 
  • Modern technology in documenting, exhibiting and teaching arts and antiquity; delicate artworks and their virtual travel

Working HoursReturn to top

For the period of 2 weeks (Monday to Friday) 18 lectures will be offered (10.00-12.30 hrs & 14.00-16.30 hrs). Total duration 50 hours, plus hours for Museum and Site Visits. All lectures will be in English and will be held at the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Course CreditsReturn to top

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the end of the programme to all participants who have fulfilled the course requirements.

Guest LecturersReturn to top

(in alphabetical order)

Dr Nikolaos Akamatis
Archaeologist. Academic Associate. International Hellenic University

Dr Magdalene Anastasiou
Independent Researcher, AUTh

Panagiotis Athanasopoulos (MA)
Archaeologist. Assistant Director, Lechaion Harbour Project/Research Assistant, Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen

Dr Georgia Aristodemou
Archaeologist. Academic Associate, International Hellenic University

Orestis Kourakis (MA)
Photographer (MA), Fullbright Fellowship, AMTh

Research Director Emerita, Dr Anna Michailidou
Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation

Prof. Emerita, Chrysoula Paliadeli
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Ass. Prof. Marina Panagiotaki
University of the Aegean

Dr Charikleia Papageorgiadou
Research Director, Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research

Dr Vassilis Petrakis
Affiliated Researcher at the Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation

Prof. Emeritus John Seiradakis
Professor of Astronomy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Member of "Pulse" team that was awarded the EU 2005 Descartes Prize for Research

Dr. Athanasios Sideris
Visiting Professor, Economic University of Prague

Dr Anastasios Tanoulas
Architect Ph.D., former Director of the Restoration of the Propylaia of the Acropolis at Athens, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Dr Despoina Tsiafakis
Research Director - Cultural Heritage Department "Athena": Research & Innovation Center in Information, Communication & Knowledge Technologies

Dr Gregory Tsokas
Professor of Exploration Geophysics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Dr Themis Veleni
Curator, Tellogleion Foundation of Art (AUTh)

Dr Mantha Zarmakoupi
Birmingham Fellow in Visual and Material Culture of Classical Antiquity . University of Birmingham, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology


Directing Committee

Programme Director

  • Dr Anna Michailidou, Research Director Emerita, Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation.

Programme Scientific Coordinator

  • Dr Georgia Aristodemou, Researcher of Roman Archaeology, Academic Associate, School of Humanities, International Hellenic University

Subject Topics And Programme StructureReturn to top

For 2017, the series of lectures offered are focusing on ancient Technology and the Voyage of Luxuries.

The series of lectures deploy around three interconnected topics.




Introductory Lecture: An Introduction to the Ancient Greek Technology, by Prof. Dr Theodosios Tassios.

Accommodation & FeesReturn to top

Participation fees

The tuition fees are 450€.

Participants will have to cover their own travel, accommodation and everyday expenses. Participants can choose accommodation from a variety of options, available at the city of Thessaloniki.


  • Late Bird discount: 380 € - until June 10th, 2017

Application ProcedureReturn to top

The Summer School on Ancient Technology and the Voyage of Luxuries welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Participants can be undergraduate students and graduates of related disciplines (Archaeology, Architecture, Museology, Conservation Studies, History, Tourism, Political Science, etc.). Applications from other professionals with an interest in archaeology and ancient technology will also be taken into consideration. Applicants should be well acquainted with the English language.

All applicants will be notified of admission decisions by e-mail in the next 10 working days upon receiving their application.

The course is open to a maximum of 35 participants whilst IHU reserves the right to postpone the Summer Course for the next year, in case a minimum enrollment is not achieved by 31th May 2017.

In order to apply, you need to: