Ancient Technology - Production on Demand

Programme Summary

Progress and innovation in technology were of exceptional importance for the development of ancient societies and have been of great interest to many disciplines. This year, the Ancient Technology Summer School discusses Production on Demand issues, offering the opportunity to examine how technological achievements of ancient cultures meet the needs of individuals or the wider society. Subjects such as how the diffusion of improved infrastructural, organizational and mechanical technologies facilitated the production and distribution of everyday or luxury items (e.g. faience, glassware, furniture, ceramics, toreutics, etc) or how the invention and transfer of new technologies served the needs of the ancient communities for comfort and well-being will be discussed.

In the course of the programme, the latest archaeological and historical research along with state-of-the-art scientific techniques applied to the study of antiquities will be presented by senior academics and field archaeologists who are experts in their research areas.

The Summer School on Ancient Technology is planned to be held annually with the aim of a) providing an international forum on technological achievements of the ancient Greek world and b) making greater use of the rich resources of Greece in terms of specialists in ancient technology research.

The aim of this 2-week intensive School is to make the participants more acquainted with aspects of ancient technologies by providing up-to-date knowledge presented and discussed by the experts of the relevant fields.

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Subject Topics & Programme StructureReturn to top

For 2018, the series of lectures offered are focusing on Ancient Technology & Production on Demand.

The series of lectures deploy around three interconnected topics.

  1. The development of techniques
  2. Markets and clients
  3. Beyond comfort production

The development of techniques

  • The technology of mining and metal production
  • Greek pottery production on demand
  • Workshops of Roman and Byzantine glass
  • Writing as a communication technology
  • Modern technology serving today’s archaeology: new methods in documenting, exhibiting and teaching antiquity.

 Markets and clients 

  • Market-oriented commodities in Late Bronze Age
  • Circulation of Greek and related metal ware
  • Construction of commercial and military harbours
  • The coinage demand: authorities and purposes 
  • The Antikythera Shipwreck: The Cargo - The Mechanism

Beyond comfort production

  • Furniture production and consumption up to the 1st millennium
  • Furniture and furnishings in Classical and Hellenistic times
  • Public architecture on demand: Mnesikles' versatility
  • Case studies of the commissions  of paintings and mosaics
  • Covering bathing needs in Hellenistic Macedonia
  • Great waterworks in Roman Greece. When utilitas meets amoenitas

Working HoursReturn to top

For the period of 2 weeks (Monday to Friday) 20 lectures will be offered (10.00-12.30 hrs & 14.00-16.30 hrs). Total duration 55 hours, plus hours for Museum and Site Visits. All lectures will be in English and will be held at the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Course CreditsReturn to top

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the end of the programme to all participants who have fulfilled the course requirements.

Guest LecturersReturn to top

(in alphabetical order)

Nikolaos Akamatis
Dr. of Classical Archaeology. Academic Associate. International Hellenic University

Magdalini Anastasiou
Dr. Archaeologist-Physicist. Independent Researcher. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Dimitra Andrianou
Dr. of Classical Archaeology. Associate Researcher, The National Hellenic Research Foundation

Anastassios Antonaras
Dr. of Byzantine Archaeology. Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki

Georgia Aristodemou
Dr. of Roman Archaeology. Academic Associate. International Hellenic University

Panagiotis Athanasopoulos
Archaeologist (MA). Assistant Director, Lechaion Harbour Project/Research Assistant, Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen

Emmanouella Gounari
Dr. of Classical Archaeology. Laboratory Teaching Staff. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Orestis Kourakis
Photographer (MA), Fulbright Fellowship. Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

Anna Michailidou
Dr. of Prehistoric Archaeology. Research Director Emerita. Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation

Nerantzis Nerantzis
Dr. of Prehistoric Archaeology. Research Associate, Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3, France

Chrysoula Paliadeli
Professor Emerita of Classical Archaeology. Archaeologist. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Marina Panagiotaki
Ass. Professor of Classical Archaeology. University of the Aegean

Charikleia Papageorgiadou
Research Director, Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research

Vassilis Petrakis
Affiliated Researcher at the Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation

John Seiradakis
Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Member of "Pulse" team that was awarded the EU 2005 Descartes Prize for Research

Athanasios Sideris
Dr of Classical Archaeology. Visiting Professor, Charles University, Prague

Anastasios Tanoulas
Architect Ph.D., former Director of the Restoration of the Propylaia of the Acropolis at Athens, Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Despoina Tsiafakis
Dr of Classical Archaeology. Research Director - Cultural Heritage Department "Athena": Research & Innovation Center in Information, Communication & Knowledge Technologies

Themis Veleni
Dr of History of Art. Adjunct Lecturer, Hellenic Open University


Directing CommitteeReturn to top

Programme Director

  • Dr Anna Michailidou, Research Director Emerita, Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation.

Programme Scientific Coordinator

  • Dr Georgia Aristodemou, Researcher of Roman Archaeology, Academic Associate, School of Humanities, International Hellenic University

Participation feesReturn to top

The tuition fees are 350€.

Participants will have to cover their own travel, accommodation and everyday expenses.


  • Total fees of 250€ for those participating at the Technology Workshop (7-9 May, 2018)!
  • Apply until May 15, 2018

Application ProcedureReturn to top

The Summer School on Ancient Technology. Production on Demand welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Participants can be undergraduate students and graduates of related disciplines (Archaeology, Architecture, Museology, Conservation Studies, History, Tourism, Political Science, etc.). Applications from other professionals with an interest in archaeology and ancient technology will also be taken into consideration. Applicants should be well acquainted with the English language.

All applicants will be notified of admission decisions by e-mail in the next 10 working days upon receiving their application.

The course is open to a maximum of 35 participants whilst IHU reserves the right to postpone the Summer Course for the next year, in case a minimum enrollment is not achieved by 31th May 2018.

In order to apply, you need to: