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Studies in Honour of Professor Clairy Palyvou.
Iris Tzachili and Maria Arakadaki.
ISBN 978-960-98261-6-7 pp. 467.
Announcing the publication of the volume Good Works, Studies in Honour of Clairy Palyvou, edited by Iris Tzachili and Maria Arakadaki, by Ta Pragmata Publications.
The papers largely lie in Professor Palyvou's own areas of interest, covering technical and theoretical architectural issues, mainly of the Bronze Age but also in the modern period.
Contributors include Professors Christos Doumas on the architectural model in the Bronze Age, Theodosis Tassios on the design and construction of ancient Greek public works, Nanno Marinatos on Minoan cult sanctuaries, and John Papadopoulos on Mnesikles and the Propylaia of the Acropolis and the contemporary vicissitudes of the monument.
There are, of course, several papers on Akrotiri Thera, where Clairy Palyvou's contribution has been definitive and multifaceted. The studies by Anastasia Devetzi, Angelia Papagiannopoulou and Ioannis Bitis shed light on aspects of the settlement and its society, while Natasha Angelopoulou focuses on other parts of the Cyclades, particularly Early Cycladic Naxos. There are also two important social anthropology studies by Alexandra Bakalaki and Dimitra Douskos.
Special mention must be made of the contributions by the students of the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, who took part in the Therasia research project designed and implemented by Clairy Palyvou and Iris Tzachili (Daniel, Ritzouli, Athanasiou, Patrika, Nasi, Molida, Gouliopoulou, Tourtas, Zaharatos). This is a generation of students who spent almost three years on Therasia, enthusiastically familiarising themselves with the human landscape and learning about the island on the spot, body and soul. It is this unique experience of direct knowledge and life that they have attempted to show in their papers, and perhaps it shines through between the lines.
All these contributions are representative of the scientific interests of a period in transition, when strict scientific development is being cross-fertilised with elements and methods from other academic fields. The study of the distant and recent past is assuming a socialised form in which values such as careful reconstruction and promotion, experienced history, the anthropogenic landscape, social changes and their origins emerge self-evidently, occupying an increasingly important place