Embracing Ancient Corinth(ia)

This short piece in New Europe surveys a management plan that would cast a broader tourist circuit linking the remains of ancient Corinth in the forum with the acropolis to the south and the northern harbor Lechaion on the north. It is sad that tour groups that deposit hundreds of people at the entrance of the Roman forum each day often miss all the other remains of the village including Roman baths, the unexcavated amphitheater, the Asklepieion, the ring of early Christian churches, even the theater–to say nothing of the extensive sites in the territory such as Isthmia, the diolkos, the trans-Isthmus walls, quarries, and the ancient canal remains.

Some great quotes here from Dr. Guy Sanders, director of the Corinth Excavations.

CORINTH, Greece – An ambitious plan to unite all the archeological sites of Ancient Corinth would make them more accessible to tourists, allowing them to embrace the history of one of the largest and most important ancient cities of Greece, British Archeologist Guy Sanders, director of the American School of Classical Studies, told New Europe at the main archeological site of Corinth.

“One of the things we’ve been working on over the last couple of years is to make a management plan for the whole of Corinth that will embrace the whole city within the walls, which includes the Castle of Acrocorinth, which was the acropolis of the city and the main archeological site of Corinth, which includes the Temple of Apollo and the Harbour of the Ancient City, which is down on the coast,” Sanders said, referring to the ancient port of Corinth in Lechaion where impressive findings were revealed.

….“It’s finding new stories from old material. It’s digging basements and storage rooms rather than digging dirt,” he said.

Read the rest of the piece here: “Embracing Ancient Corinth

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Categories: American School Excavations, Ancient Corinth

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