AAIA tour of Eleutherae Fortress

The Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens present a tour of the Ancient Fortress of Eleutherae in northern Attica on Sunday, June 26, with Dr. Stavros A. Paspalas.

The Fortress of Eleutherae (Gyphtokastro) is a fine example of the defensive instalments raised by the Athenians. Built some time in the 4th century BC it is a magnificent testament to the military architecture of the ancient Greeks. The fortress is situated on a major road that led to the important city of Thebes in Boiotia. Impressive stretches of defensive curtain walls and towers are preserved, and evocatively convey what a monumental military installation of the period was like.

In addition to its fortress, Eleutherae, however, was also renowned in antiquity as the site from which the worship of Dionysos was introduced to Athens, and so held a special place in the Athenian landscape — both real and mythical. Eleutherae is seldom visited, but has much to offer to our understanding of ancient Attica and its capital Athens.

Participants on the tour are advised to wear a hat for the sun.

Lunch will be by the sea at Porto Germeno.

The cost of participation is 20 euros for AAIA members and 30 euros for guests.

Payment can be made on the day, but booking a spot in advance is necessary, on tel 210.924.3256.

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