Signage on Aegina

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Colonna, Aegina © David Gill

We have been noting the heritage of signs at various sites in State Guardianship in England, Wales, and Scotland. The complexity of architectural features at archaeological sites in Greece is resolved by the placing of signs to explain the elements to visitors.

In this view of part of the temenos of Apollo on Aegina (the Kolonna site), the different phases of the sanctuary wall (one from the archaic period, and the other from the Late Roman phase) are indicated in Greek and German (reflecting the language of the excavators of the site).

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Colonna, Aegina © David Gill

Exploring Philippi

Philippi
(2003)

The Archaeological Receipts Fund of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture has produced a valuable series of guides for the range of sites in public ownership. (See, for example, the guide to the Laurion in Attica.) The guide to the Roman colony of Phlippi in Macedonia is by Ch. Koukouli-Chrysanthanki and Ch. Bakirtzis. The guide, which is illustrated throughout in colour, has three main sections: a history of the site from the prehistoric settlement into Late Antiquity; a guided tour (‘promenade’) taking in the walls, the acropolis, the theatre, and the forum area; the battle of Philippi in 42 BC; other literary texts; and finally the finds.

Attention is drawn to the appearance of the colony in the Acts of Apostles and its association with early Christianity.

The guide itself includes relevant bibliography that allows the reader to explore further.

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