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Digging Up Myth at Mitrou, Greece, November 1

Aleydis Van de Moortel, Lindsey Young Professor and head of the UT Department of Classics, will present “Digging Up Myth at Mitrou, Greeceā€ Friday, November 1.

Archaeological research since the 1860s has brought to light the Bronze Age Mycenaean civilization of Greece, which was the inspiration for much of later Greek mythology. It is only in the last decade that a few archaeologists have begun to propose the existence of hero cult in Bronze Age Greece. Archaeological excavations carried out at Mitrou, in central Greece, by students and faculty at the University of Tennessee and the Greek Archaeological Service have uncovered evidence for the rise of a warrior elite at the beginning of the Late Bronze Age. Professor Van de Moortel will share how this research provides a first link between prehistoric heroes and later Greek mythological tales.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, Nov. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac.