Excavating the Kabeirion near Thebes – it began as a winter tale … of sorts

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On this day, 135 years ago, on the 20th of December 1887, the excavation of the Kabeirion near Thebes in Boeotia started by members of the DAI Athens and travel grant holders of the DAI. Little did they know that … Read More

Georgios Paraskevopoulos

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In addition to Angelis Kosmopoulos who was among other things famous for his beard and fustanella, there was another Greek foreman who played an important part in the early excavations of the DAI. However, his legacy is not nearly as … Read More

Hildegund Gropengiesser (1928–2019)

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Hildegund Gropengiesser (*Jan. 15th 1928, †June 16th 2019) was one of the first female German archeologists to participate actively in field campaigns in Greece. She witnessed the reopening of the Athens Department of the DAI after WWII and was one … Read More

Angelis Kosmopoulos (c.1843–1937)

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“Everyone who has ever been involved with the German Institute and its work knows this man” This entry is dedicated to Angelis Kosmopoulos, a Greek who helped shape the image of the German Archaeological Institute at Athens for decades. The … Read More

Eugen Petersen (1836–1919)

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The classical archaeologist Eugen Petersen is known primarily as the long-serving director of DAI Rome. His name is not, however, necessarily associated with the DAI Athens: a good reason to remember him here and recount his time at the Athenian … Read More