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Going Against the Flow: Wells, Cisterns, and Water in Ancient Greece (28-29 September)

September 28, 2017 13.00

Swedish Institute at Athens, Mitsaion 9, 117 42 Athens


Presented by

Swedish Institute at Athens



Patrik Klingborn,

The workshop Going Against the Flow focuses on the use of wells and cisterns, how these installations functioned and were used in ancient Greece, as well as how they can be better integrated into our understanding of the ancient water supply.

The workshop is divided into two parts. The first is centered on the water sources in their context, discussing use, function, and terminology. The second is on contextualization from other perspectives and disciplines.

Thursday, 28 September 2017
13.00 Introduction (Patrik Klingborg)
13.15 Reinhard Senff: Water Supply in the Sanctuary of Olympia During the 10th to 5th centuries B.C.
14.15 Yannis Lolos: Water Provisioning in a Marine Terrace Environment: The Cases of Corinth and Sikyon in the Northeastern Peloponnese
15.15 Patrik Klingborg: Cisterns in Two Greek Cities: The Cases of Athens and Olynthos
16.15 Coffee
16.45 Jutta Stroszek: Athenian Water: Wells and Cisterns in the Kerameikos
17.45 Ioannis Bitis: Flat Building Roofs on the Island of Thera in Antiquity: The Initial Stage of Rainwater Collection in Subterranean Cisterns
18.45 Pavlos Karvonis: The Water Supply in the Houses of Delos

Friday, 29 September 2017
09.00 Discussion Terminology: What is What? (Led by Patrik Klingborg)
10.00 Martin Finne': Climate Variability and Water Supply in Ancient Greece
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Olga Dakoura-Vogiatzoglou: Water for the People: Review of Water Sources Used in the Western Hills of Athens (Mouses-Pnyx-Nymphs)
12.30 Dylan Rogers: Haec utilitas, haec amoenitas: The Role of Fountains and Springs in Greco-Roman Society
13.30 Lunch break
15.00 Angus Graham: Water Supply Systems Within and Outside the Egyptian Nile Valley
16.00 Anton Bonnier: Precipitation Variability, Agricultural Economies, and Land Use Strategies in the Archaic to Roman Peloponnese
16.30 Coffee
17.30 Hamish Forbes: Cisterns and loutses in a Traditional Peloponnesian Village: Aspects of Function, Use, and Monumentality
18.30 Final Discussion: Where do we go from here?
19.30 Reception

Discussant: Duncan Keenan-Jones

Those interested in attending should email Patrik Klingborn,, to reserve a seat.