«…Yet Syria, Laboratory of the Muses»

Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 19:30

The European Center for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments (Ε.Κ.Β.Μ.Μ.) in cooperation with the Damascus University in Syria and with the support of the ΟΠΑΝΔΑ (Municipality of Athens), organize the Digital Exhibition: «…Yet Syria, Laboratory of the Muses».

The exhibition takes place at Cultural Center “Melina”, of Municipality of Athens, in Thission, and presents the results of the scientific programme: «Syrian Mosaic Pavement Documentation», which was carried out in 2004-2008.

The mosaics come from the collections of most Museums of Syria, the documentation of which was carried out by Syrian archaeology students of Damascus University, under the guidance of EKBMM’s scientists. The content, was firstly documented in the period of 2004-2008 and in 2020 and afterwards was studied and organized in a digital archive for the purpose of its publication. This archive, today, after the war and the destructions that Syria’s cultural heritage suffered, is a valuable source for the study of the artistic and the intellectual life of Eastern Mediterranean during the early Byzantine period. At the mosaics of the digital archive, among others, represent mythological and Christian themes, as well as, and scenes of everyday life.

At the digital exhibition, numerous high cultural value floor mosaics, dated from the Roman to the Byzantine period, are displayed by modern interactive ways and by a digital table (e-Table). Moreover, the visitors would have the chance to learn about the origin, history and the art of the mosaics by watching short documentary film.

The exhibition will inaugurate the Minister of Culture and Sports Mrs. Lina Mendoni,
on Wednesday 21 July, 19.30.

Free Entrance


Place: Athens, Cultural Center “Melina”, Herakleidon 66, Thission

Exhibition’s duration: 21 July – 6 August 2021

Days & Opening Hours: Weekdays (except Monday) 11:00-19:00 & Weekends 10:00-15:00

Group Tours: 22/7/2021 & 23/7/2021 (after telephone contact)

Info: Dr Fl. Karagianni, 2310 889830