Tip o’ the pileus to Laval Hunsucker on the Classics list for this one … a potentially useful bit of technology for reading/photographing inscriptions (although I would have liked to see what it did with the wooden example at the beginning):
RTI has been around for a while (there are actual tutorials at Youtube on how to do it), we should note … what seems to be new here is the device …
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Re-Creation: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity
October 27-30, 2011
At the University of Iowa
THURSDAY October 27
Late afternoon public lecture on contexts of Peri’s Euridice by Wendy Heller (Princeton University) Sponsored by Opera Studies Forum.
8 pm. evening concert by the Center for New Music at the Old Capitol.
Opening night reception at the Old Capitol
FRIDAY MORNING October 28
8:30-10:30 Musical Theater/Music in Theater
Robert Ketterer (University of Iowa), moderator
Evan MacCarthy (Harvard University): “Translating Oedipus Tyrannus: John Knowles Paine and America’s First Greek Tragedy.”
Simone Beta (University of Siena): “It’s the Same Old Story: Oath of Greek Women in Musical Versions of Lysistrata.”
David Oosterhuis (Gonzaga University): “Orpheus, the Original Penniless Poet Plutus/Pluto in Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown.”
Thomas Jenkins (Trinity University, San Antonio): “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Whitehouse.”
10:45-12:15 Theoretical and Philosophical Issues
Michael Eckert (University of Iowa), moderator
James Lowe (John Burroughs School, St. Louis): “From Plato’s Athens to the Holy City—Inspiration, Spirituality and Ralph Vaughan Williams.”
Richard Dcamp (UW Oshkosh): “Carl Orff and Aeschylus’ Prometheus Desmotes.”
Theodor Ulieriu-Rostás (University of Bucharest): “Authenticity and Aural Prejudice: Recordings of Ancient Greek Music.”
2:00-4:00 19th and 20th Century Opera
Carin Green, moderator
Peter Burian (Duke University): “Death and Transfiguration: Orpheus’ Fate on the Operatic Stage.”
Dana Munteanu (Ohio State University): “Parody of Greco-Myth in Jacques Offenbach’s Orfée aux enfers and La Belle Hélène.”
Lissa Crofton-Sleigh (University of Washington): “Helen with a Blue Dress on: Strauss’ Aegyptische Helen.”
William Gibbons (Texas Christian University): “Reweaving Penelope: Faure’s Penelope, Symbolism and Morality.”
4:30 Public lecture by Simon Goldhill (King’s College, Cambridge): “The Ideal Chorus: Opera, Philosophy and Tragedy.” Sponsored by Eighteenth/Nineteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Studies.
EVENING performance of Peri’s Euridice (The UI Opera Studio). Riverside Recital Hall.
SATURDAY MORNING October 29
8:30-11:00 Early opera
Christine Getz (University of Iowa), moderator
Timothy McKinney (Baylor University): “Ancient Musical Theory and Musical Affect in the prima prattica.”
Wendy Heller (Princeton University): “Rescuing Ariadne.”
Carlo Lanfossi (Università degli Studi di Pavia): “Crafting Drama: rethinking history: Agrippina between 17th-Century Venice and Milan.”
Bruno Forment (Ghent University): “’Sono in Roma? O in Aulide’: Classical templates as musical cues in Cajo Mario.”
Reinhard Strohm (Wadham College, Oxford): title TBA
11:15-1:15 Stage practice
Andrew Simpson (Catholic University of America), moderator
Mary Kay Gamel (UC Santa Cruz): title TBA on stage music for Greek tragedy
Jane Shaw (Brooklyn, NY): “Many are the shapes of things divine: music and sound design in staging Greek drama.”
Marcus Mota (Universidade de Brasília) and Cinthia Nepomuceno (Federal Institute of Education, Brazil): “Hearing and Dancing Beats An Interartistic Appropriation of Meters in Greek tragedy.”
Judith Hallett (University of Maryland), moderator
Murray Dahm (Opera Australia): “Reimagining the Scourge of God in Verdi’s Atilla.”
Mark Brill (University of Texas-San Antonio): “Music and Myth in Orfeu Negro.”
Chris Ann Matteo (Stone Bridge High School, VA): “Dissecting Orpheus in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!”
Jon Solomon (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana): title TBA on early Ben Hur films.
5:30-7:30 CONFERENCE DINNER by subscription with registration.
8:00 Evening showing of silent films with live music by Andrew Simpson (Catholic University of America). Englert Theater. Films include: La caduta di Troia, Cupid and Psyche (1897), Ben Hur (1907), Ben Hur (1925), “A Roman Scandal” (Mutt and Jeff cartoon).
SUNDAY MORNING, October 30
10:00-12:30 The 20th Century
John Finamore (University of Iowa), moderator
Susanne Kogler (Kunstuniversität Graz): “Prometheus and the Muses: Myth, Gender and Creativity in 20th Century Music.”
Michael Eckert (University of Iowa): “Luigi Dallapiccola’s Song Cycle ‘Liriche Greche’ (1942-45).”
Osman Umurhan (Rutgers University): “Heavy Metal and the Classics.”
Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Stanford University): “Bringing Swords of Damocles: Classical Legend in Contemporary Rap.”
Anastasia Bakogianni (The Open University, UK): “Haunting melodies of an ancient past: classical themes in the works of the modern Greek composer Eugenia Manolidou.”
Sunday afternoon performance of Peri’s Euridice (Riverside Recital Hall).
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Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality and History Conference
University of Exeter, 27th April 2012
Dr Stefano-Maria Evangelista (University of Oxford)
Dr Ian Jenkins (British Museum)
Statuary has offered a privileged site for the articulation of sexual
experience and ideas, and the formation of sexual knowledge. From
prehistoric phallic stones, mythological representations of statues and
sculptors, e.g. Medusa or Pygmalion, to the Romantic aesthetics and erotics
of statuary and the recurrent references to sculpture in nineteenth- and
twentieth-century sexology and other new debates on sexuality, the discourse
of the statue intersects with constructions of gender, sex and sexuality in
As historical objects, statues give insight into changing perceptions of the
sexed body and its representation; they tell stories of ownership and
appropriation of sexualities across diverse cultural locations and
historical moments. As an imaginary site, statues can serve to trouble the
distinction between subject and object, reality and unreality, presence and
absence, and present and past, thereby offering rich possibilities for
thinking about the relation between individual and communal identities,
sexuality and the past.
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate how statues
facilitate this interplay of sexuality and history. It explores the numerous
different ways in which statues – as historical and/or imagined artefacts –
allow us to think about the past and its relation to sex, gender and sexuality.
The conference brings together contributors from a wide variety of
disciplines, including history, gender and sexuality studies, literary and
cultural studies, art history, classics, archaeology and philosophy.
Contributions from postgraduate research students are very welcome.
Papers should explore how statuary intersects with questions of sexuality
and gender, and temporality, specifically history. Possible topics include,
but are not limited to:
• Uses of Statuary in Sexual Science
• Statues in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts
• Representations of Statues and Sculptors (in Literature, Visual
Arts, New Media)
• Sculptures and the Construction of Gender, Racial and National Identity
• Use of Statuary in Sexual Reform Movements
• Psychoanalytic Uses of Statuary
• Statues, Gender and Sexuality in Myths, Legends and Their Adaptations
• Sculpture and Figurations of Desire
• Statuary Representations of the Gendered Body
• Reception Histories of Individual Statues
The conference is organised by Dr Jana Funke (j.funke AT exeter.ac.uk) and
Jennifer Grove (jeg208 AT exeter.ac.uk) as part of the interdisciplinary Sexual
History, Sexual Knowledge project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, and led by
Drs Kate Fisher and Rebecca Langlands.
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The Centre for Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society (Exeter)
and the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies invite you to a
Seleucid Study Day
University of Exeter, 15 August 2011
Amory Building, Room 219
9:00 Tea, Opening
9:20-12:40 Session I: Queens, Princesses, and Dynastic Issues of the Seleucids (chaired by Altay Coskun, Waterloo, ON)
(1) Monica d’ Agostino (PhD candidate Milan)
Seleucids and Mithridatids: the Origin of Their Dynastic Ties
(2) Marie Widmer (PhD candidate Lausanne)
The Repudiation of Laodice III
10:40 Tea Break
11:00 (3) Gillian Ramsey (Leicester)
Seleucid Dunasteia, Royal Land and Cities
(4) Alex McAuley (MA Edinburgh)
Towards a Seleucid Dynastic Model
12:20 Lunch Break (Streatham Court Cafeteria)
14:00-16:00 Session II: Construction of Seleucid Royalty: Studies in the Politics and Propaganda of Antiochus I (chaired by Stephen Mitchell, Exeter)
(5) Altay Coskun (Waterloo, ON)
The Soter Cults of Seleucus I and Antiochus I Preceding the So-Called Elephant Victory of ca. 275 BC
(6) Kyle Erickson (Lampeter)
Babylonian Religion and Seleucid Propaganda
(7) David Engels (UL Brussels)
Antiochus I and the Early Seleucids’ Iranian Heritage
16:00-16:20 Tea/Coffee Break
16:20-18:20 Session III: Further Seleucid Studies (chaired by Lynette Mitchell, Exeter)
(8) Franca Landucci (Milan)
Seleucus versus Antigonus
(9) Federico Russo (Konstanz)
The Syrian War: a Rerun of the Persian Wars?
(10) Michael Sommer (Liverpool)
Kings of Glory. Charismatic Authority in the Seleucid Monarchy
18:20/30 Closing, Departure to the restaurant
Papers will be of up to 20 min length, followed by up to 20 min discussion. Abstracts will be circulated among all participants early in August.
To find Exeter, the Streatham Campus, and the Amory Building, please follow this link: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/visit/directions/
If you need accommodation, we recommend the very attractive offers by event exeter. Before you book, please make sure you chose a residence located on Streatham Campus: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/eventexeter/accommodation.php
There is no conference fee. But please notify us, if you want to attend.
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ANCIENT CARTHAGE: MODELS OF CULTURAL CONTACT
St John’s College, Durham UK
5th – 6th August 2011
The aim of this networking project is to address the Carthaginian-
Phoenician nexus in the wider Mediterranean context from the 9th century
BCE to the fall of Carthage to Rome in 146 BCE, as well as the rediscovery
and reception of Carthage and her Phoenician motherland from the 18th
century. This international conference, building on workshops already held
at Durham, will adopt a cross-disciplinary approach going beyond word-based
evidence (whether archival, epigraphic or literary) to gain a clearer
picture of these complex and significant cultures, drawing upon current
archaeological work and upon the findings of epigraphy and linguistics.
Topics to be examined include materiality, migration, colonial encounters,
and connectivity, and their important contribution to the understanding of
the social, cultural and political identity of the Punic-Phoenician
The booking form will shortly be available on:
If you have any queries, please contact the conference organisers (Dr
Clemence Schultze or Dr Mark Woolmer) using the following e-mail address:
carthage-conference AT hotmail.co.uk
Dr Marianne Bergeron (Reading / British Museum): Protocorinthian drinking
vessels in western Phoenician burials
Mr Philip Boyes (Cambridge): Culture contact and the shaping of Phoenician
Dr Amelia Dowler (British Museum): Patterns of dispersal: Carthaginian
coins and the economy
Professor Dexter Hoyos (Sydney) [by Skype]: The myth of Carthaginian naval
dominance pre 264 BCE
Professor Robert Kerr (Wilfrid Laurier): Carthaginian child sacrifice: an
Mr Carl Mazurek (Cambridge): Fides Punica, fides Iberica: Models of
diplomatic interaction in Barcid Spain
Mr Farès Moussa (ENS Paris / Edinburgh): ‘Phoeniciomania’, ‘culture
history’ and ‘regime change’: situating models of Phoenicio-Punic culture
Dr Matthew Peacock (Durham):
Dr Luke Pitcher (Oxford): Appian
Dr Louis Rawlings (Cardiff): Polybius’ miscellaneous Greeks: mercenaries
and small communities in Carthage
Dr Philippa Steele (Cambridge): Stepping-stone to the Mediterranean:
Phoenicians in Cyprus
Dr Mark Woolmer (Durham): ‘Ornamental’ horns on Phoenician warships
Dr Efrem Zambon (Venice): Carthaginian coinage in Sicily and its meanings:
Siculo-Punic interactions and cultural contacts through coins
The conference will be hosted by the Department of Classics at Durham
University and is kindly supported by the two research centres: Centre for
the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East, and Centre for
the Study of the Classical Tradition. The academic session on Friday will
be at Elvet Hill House and will include a visit to the adjacent Oriental
Museum; and the Saturday sessions will be at St John’s College, which is
also the venue for residential accommodation and meals. Accommodation will
be provided in single rooms with shared bathrooms.
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1st International Congress on
Piracy and Maritime Security
in the Western Mediterranean and the Iberian peninsula
University of Seville
27-28 October 2011
Thursday 27 October – University of Seville Auditorium
10.00-10.30 Welcome and opening remarks
10.30-11.15 – G. Chic García, Universidad de Sevilla
"Violencia legal y no legal en el marco del Estrecho de Gibraltar"
11.15-11.45 – Break
11.45=12.30 – V. Gabrielsen, University of Copenhagen
"Piracy and the Economics of Maritime Protection in the Mediterranean, c.
12.30-13.15 – P.A. Gianfrotta, Universitá degli studi della Tuscia
"Tracce archeologiche subacquee della pirateria in età romana
13.15-14.00 – Discussion
17.30-18.15 – A. Domínguez Monedero, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
"Piratería en Magna Grecia y Sicilia: mecanismos de prevención y
18.15-19.00 – P. de Souza, University College Dublin
"Piracy and Politics in the Western Mediterranean 500 BC to AD 500"
19.00-19.45 – Claudio Beltrame, Universitá di Venezia
“Ships and Piracy in the Roman Empire”
19.45-20.30 – Discussion
Friday 28 October – Faculty of Geography & History Main Lecture Theatre
10.00-10.45 – E. Ferrer Albelda, Universidad de Sevilla
"La piratería en los tratados entre Cartago y Roma"
10.45-11.30 – A. Puig Palerm, CEIPAC. Universidad de Barcelona
"La piratería en el archipiélago balear en la Antigüdad ¿Sólo una causa de
la intervención romana del 123 a.C.?"
11.30-12.00 – Break
12.00-12.45 – E. García Riaza, Universidad de las Islas Baleares
"Bandidos y piratas occidentales en el ius belli romano-republicano".
12.45-13.30 – Isaías Arrayás Morales, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
"Entre Oriente y Occidente. La acción de piratas y corsarios en el marco
de las guerras silanas"
13.30-14.15 – Discussion
17.30-18.15 – Alfonso Álvarez-Ossorio Rivas, Universidad de Sevilla
"Sexto Pompeyo. ¿Un pirata romano?”
18.15-19.00 – A. Alvar Nuño, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos I
"Riesgo pirático y amparo divino en el Occidente romano".
19.00-19.45 – D. Álvarez Jiménez, Universidad Complutense
"Crimen y castigo en la mar: el archipirata Contradis y la inquietud
marítima del Mediterráneo Occidental a comienzos del s. V d.C."
19.00-20.30 – Discussion
Organised by the Departments of Ancient History and Prehistory &
Archaeology of the University of Sevilla, in collaboration with the
External Relations Office, the Vice-Rector for Research, the Faculty of
Geography and History, the Faculty of Education Studies, and Grupo PAI HUM-
Registration requires payment of the registration fee (€40/40 euros)
payable to Banco Santander (Current Account 0049 4306 63 2290072300), and
return of the registration form given below to:
Secretaria del Departamento de Historia Antigua
Facultad de Geografía e Historia
Universidad de Sevilla
Calle Doña María de Padilla
Tel. +34 954 551 389
Fax +34 954 559 914
Due to limited space, registrations will be accepted on a strictly first
come first served basis.
Attendance at all sessions will entitle delegates to a certificate of
This is another one which ended up not getting much coverage in the English-reading press for reasons unknown. A couple weeks after all the excitement about the ‘solar’ alignment of Hadrian’s Villa, AFP reported:
Lack of money mean parts of Roman emperor Hadrian’s villa have had to be closed off to tourists because they are in danger of collapse, an Italian paper reported Wednesday.
The historic site at Tivoli, 24 kilometres (15 miles) from Rome, received only 370,000 euros (530,000 dollars) to maintain the villa and its grounds, Il Corriere della Sera reported.
But those responsible for the site, which spreads over 80 hectares (nearly 200 acres), say it needs at least 2.5 million euros, the paper said.
They complained that over the past three years they had received only 1.5 million euros of the 6.7 million they needed.
As a result, they had had to close off more and more areas with metal barriers and signs warning of the risk of collapse.
The villa, known as the Villa Adriana, has been listed on UNESCO’s world heritage list since December 1999.
Over the past 10 years however, it has lost 41.8 percent of its paying visitors: from 187,202 in 2000 down to 108,811 in 2010.
One expert, Federica Chiappetta, told the paper that as well as the state of the site, visitors had also been put off by the lack of information.
The villa was built between 117 and 138 AD on the orders of the then emperor, Hadrian.
UNESCO calls it “a masterpiece that uniquely brings together the highest expressions of the material cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world.”
From Iran’s Press TV:
Known as the best preserved archaeological site in Bulgaria, Nikopolis-ad-Istrum is called by some the Bulgarian Pompeii, StandArt reported.
The team is slated to start excavations this summer by exploring a building dating back to the time of Roman emperor Septimus, which experts believe was used as temple by the worshippers of the goddess Cybele.
Previous excavations have yielded pieces of wall paneling, details of door cases, windows and niches.
Archeologists now hope to restore the architectural layout of the settlement as it used to be during the reign of Emperor Trajan in the second century.
Preliminary studies revealed the network of streets, the forum surrounded by an Ionic colonnade and many buildings, a two-nave room later turned into a basilica which showed that the town was planned based on the orthogonal system.
The architectural remains and sculptures show a similarity with those of the ancient towns in Asia Minor.
… hopefully we’ll hear more about this as the dig goes on; a couple of years ago they found a Nymphaeum there …
This is one of those annoying stories which either has coverage that is way too detailed or way too short and I grow weary of waiting for some decent coverage. We first heard of Turkey’s plans to try to repatriate the half of the ‘Weary Hercules” which was in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts a couple of years ago: Turkey and Repatriation. Here’s an excerpt from the lengthy Boston Globe coverage on how the MFA came to have their half (inter alia, of course):
Though there is no documentation detailing the discovery of the MFA’s half, Turkish archeologists say they are sure it was found in the same place – and around the same time – as the lower section of the statue.
That place is Perge, a city about 10 miles east of Antalya and, in ancient times, a wealthy center of cultural and political life. Today, Perge is a huge tourist attraction, home to one of the country’s longest-operating archeological sites. Digs have been underway since the 1940s.
It was in 1980 that Turkish archeologists found the southern baths where, in about 15 feet of rubble, lay a dozen statues. One of the discoveries was the bottom section of “Herakles,’’ a Roman statue in eight pieces.
The top half was probably in the area at the same time, though it wasn’t spotted by the archeologists, according to Inci Delemen, a professor at Istanbul University and today the deputy director of the Perge excavations.
In a recent phone interview, Delemen said that security was lax in those days, and that she suspects one of the crew members found the upper half and hustled it out of the site. It is simply too much of a coincidence that the top half emerged in public in 1981, one year after the discovery of the bottom half, said Delemen.
The MFA purchased the piece in 1981 with New York collectors Leon Levy, a Wall Street millionaire, and his wife, Shelby White, from a German dealer named Mohammad Yeganeh. The arrangement called for the MFA to take possession of the work – it went on display on April 2, 1982 – but to receive the remaining 50 percent ownership only after Levy’s death.
As for the top half’s origin, Yeganeh told the collectors that it came from “his mother’s collection and before that from a dealer in Germany about 1950,’’ according to MFA records.
It’s an explanation that has always rung hollow for Delemen and other experts.
“It was obviously taken from the excavation,’’ she said.
… further on, we get this interesting bit:
Cornelius C. Vermeule III, the MFA’s legendary curator of classical art, dismissed the notion of the two halves being linked. He said that because the statue was one of more than 100 copies of a fourth-century BC bronze original by the Greek sculptor Lysippos of Sikyon, it would be difficult to determine where the sculpture was from.
“ ‘Weary Herakles’ turn up from Britain to the Rhineland, from Portugal to Mesopotamia, from Southern Russia to Upper Egypt,’’ he told the Boston Globe at the time. “Do you send out 50 letters from Iran to Ireland saying, ‘We’ve got a ‘Weary Herakles.’ Do you have the rest of it?’ ’’
… we should note here that the statue itself is nothing ‘special’ (even though all ancient statuary is). Even without seeing a photo, I’m sure everyone reading this has in his/her mind’s eye an image of a resting Herakles (a.k.a. the Farnese Hercules) which they have seen countless times in countless books and/or museums. They probably had a prof somewhere along the way with a version of this in their office or in the deparmental coffee lounge.
Vermeule, who died at 83 in 2008, would later admit that the museum did not know whether some works in its collection had been illicitly removed from other countries before finding their way into the MFA. Eventually, the museum told him not to speak to the press. He avoided interviews in his final years, at one point impersonating an elderly lady on the telephone to pretend he was unreachable.
But in 1990, when confronted by the Connoisseur article, Vermeule did offer a compelling idea: If there were questions about the statue, he said, the first step would be to make plaster casts of the two halves and see if they fit.
… so on to testing:
The puzzle pieces The test took place on a Friday in September at the MFA.
Nineteen years later, Brunilde S. Ridgway remembers the moment well.
Then a Bryn Mawr professor of classical and Near Eastern archeology, Ridgway had been asked by the Turkish government to observe the test. Also in the room were MFA research director Arthur Beale, Vermeule, attorney Scott Tross, and archeologist Jale Inan, who had found the bottom section.
“I was a little uneasy about it because, of course, Cornelius Vermeule was a friend, and Emily, his wife, was a Bryn Mawr alumna,’’ said Ridgway, now retired. “He kept saying, ‘No, they are not the same statue. They are two different pieces.’ Everybody thought, since they were putting two casts together, they would need to prop them up and make some adjustments. Well, they practically clicked. It was so perfect, so completely obvious. Cornelius didn’t even say a word.
After that, it seems there was some hemming and hawing, and now the MFA has finally decided to return it. In any event, the author of the Boston Globe piece also is behind a very nice little video on all of the above (tip o’ the pileus to Francesca Tronchin for alerting us to this a few days ago):
The BBC’s coverage (tip o’ the pileus to Adrian Murdoch) is very brief and spins it a bit differently, but not significantly so:
As covered by other news outlets:
- Greek god Hercules reunited with his bottom half as museum agrees to send back ‘looted’ bust to Turkey | Daily Mail
On other blogs:
From the Greek Reporter:
On July 21st the Museum Board of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, approved a preliminary report for a new Museum of Marine Antiquities in the building SILO at the “Cultural Coast of Piraeus”. The museum’s exhibits will include 2000 archaeological findings, copies of ancient artworks, works of modern artists concerning the relation of the Greeks with the sea, the diaries of Cousteau, findings of the wreck in Alonisos, ceramics of the byzantine period, amphoras, ship equipment, coins, anchors, arms and household objects. The writers of the preliminary report, Stella Chrysoulaki and Androniki Miltiadou were congratulated on their excellent work.
The museum will be 6500 square metres in size and will be unique in Greece and the rest of the world.
Visitors will have the chance, thanks to a boat simulation to sink into deep waters to see an ancient boat or an ancient wreck. The preliminary report for the new museum also includes a plan of creating gaming concerning the deep sea and there are plans to make ceramic, stone, wood, metals and plaster casts laboratories as well as a library, a room with multimedia educational programmes as well as an amphitheatre!
The building SILO was used for cereals storage and some of the rooms have been preserved. It is located in front of the Piraeus port. Aim is to attract not only people who love museums but also those who come to the port with cruise ships.