Archaeological Excavations in Samothrace, Greece

Since 1938, the Institute of Fine Arts has worked in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, uncovering the home of its famous mystery cult with its series of great, marble buildings, dedicated by Philip II and his successors and seminal in the formation of Hellenistic architecture. At present, emphasis is on study and preparation of publications, as well as on conservation.

About the team

The American team, sponsored by the Institute of Fine Arts, began its work at the Sanctuary in 1938. Except for a hiatus during World War II, work at the Sanctuary has continued ever since.  The project's foundation was established in the many years of excavation and research conducted by Karl Lehmann, Phyllis Williams Lehmann, and most especially James R. McCredie, Director Emeritus of Excavations at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace. Bonna D. Wescoat, Professor of Art History, Emory University, is the current Director of Excavations at Samothrace

Spring 2014 Lecture at the Institute of Fine Arts

Stunning personification of triumph and icon of world art, the great Winged Victory (Nike) of Samothrace took pride of place at the highest point in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods.  While the brilliance of the statue, which now graces the Daru Staircase in the Louvre, remains uncontested, many key aspects of this world icon remain an enigma.  To mark the 150thanniversary of the discovery of the Winged Victory and in conjunction with the Musée du Louvre’s program to conserve the statue, the American team renewed investigation of the Nike and her precinct in the Sanctuary.  In "From the Vantage of the Victory: New Research on the Nike Monument in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods," Bonna D. Wescoat, Director of Excavations, will share the exciting new results of research on the design, setting, and history of this extraordinary monument.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:00 PM
Bonna D. Wescoat, Director of Excavations at Samothrace
From the Vantage of the Victory: New Research on the Nike Monument in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace
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"Field SeasonOpen link in new window," photographs from the IFA excavations in Abydos, Egypt by Greg Maka, Amanda Kirkpatrick and Gus Gusciora. Curated by Ileana Selejan.

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