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Excavating the Birthplace of Zeus

1 PM - 3 PM
March 18, 25, April 1, and 8, 2020


Main Campus




This course has been Cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date to comply with the University of Arizona's coronavirus mitigation efforts. Please check back later for future updates. 

Since 2004 the University of Arizona has been excavating at the sanctuary of Zeus on Mt. Lykaion, known as the “Birthplace of Zeus.” High in the Arcadian mountains of Greece, it has yielded remarkable discoveries over the last 15 years. Human activity at its ash altar began in the Neolithic period (4th millennium B.C.) and continued into the Hellenistic period (about 200 B.C.). An important Mycenaean shrine also sat at the southern peak of the mountain around 1500 B.C., as well as a Sanctuary of Pan and many administrative and athletic structures. This course presents the latest exciting discoveries from Mt. Lykaion within the larger context of other types of sanctuaries in the Greek world.

Registration Opens Online: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8AM (AZ Time)

Required Reading: 

No textbook is required. All readings and class materials will be distributed to students electronically. 

Meet Your Professor

School of Anthropology, Department of Classics

MARY VOYATZIS is a Professor of Classical Archaeology in the School of Anthropology and the Department of Classics. She served as Department Head of Classics from 2000-2009. Her research interests focus on the archaeology of ancient Greek religion and ritual, especailly at Greek sanctuaries.  She is currently co-directing (with D.G. Romano) an excavation and survey project at the Sanctuary of Zeus on Mt. Lykaion in Greece.

School of Anthropology

David Gilman Romano is the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Professor of Greek Archaeology in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.  His main research interests include Greek and Roman city planning, architecture, landscapes and athletics. He is the Director of the UA’s Archaeological Mapping Lab and Co-Director and Field Director of the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project. He is also the Director of the Initiative of the Parrhasian Heritage Park of the Peloponnesos, creating Greece’s first large scale cultural heritage park. 


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