EVANGELIA PAPADOPOULOU Archaeologist – Excavator, Ph.D on Prehistoric Archaeology, Author

 

 

Dr. Evy Papadopoulou is an archaeologist, with a PhD on Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Ioannina, Greece. From 1996 onwards she has been an active member at excavations in Patras, in S.Olynthus at Halkidiki, at Dodoni, in Ithaca and in Jordan overseeing the archaeological research and educating students on excavation techniques. She has worked in the First and Second Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities excavating, documenting finds, organizing exhibitions and conducting tours for distinguished visitors. She has also worked at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. She has published articles in scientific journals while she has also participated in archaeological conferences.

She has edited, together with fellow colleagues Gioulika Christakopoulou, PhD Archaeologist and Vassilis Chrysikopoulos, PhD Egyptologist, an honorary volume for Professor Emeritus Thanassis Papadopoulos, entitled “ACHAIOS”, published in 2016 from ARCHAEOPRESS editions in Oxford.

From 2016 onwards she is collaborating with the association DIAZOMA, a movement of people who share a love for cultural heritage and have come together to protect and promote ancient monuments, focusing primarily on ancient Greek theaters. Dr. Evy Papadopoulou contributes by researching and writing stories which offer a brand new acquaintance with archaeological sites through applications in cell-phones, destined to follow the new highways constructed currently all over Greece, while promoting storytelling as a powerful means of promotion of Greece’s rich cultural heritage throughout the world.   

 

Apart from her other cultural activities, she writes archaeological fairy tales with ultimate aim the transmission of the archaeological knowledge and the ancient Greek civilization to the public.

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FAIRY TALES

 

The archaeological fairy tales are original stories, written by Dr. Evy Papadopoulou, based on true archaeological sites and finds.

Greece has evolved over thousands of years - dating from the Paleolithic era and the birth of the great Minoan, (2600-1500 BC), Mycenaean (1500-1150 BC) and Cycladic civilizations through the Classical Period (5th - 4th centuries BC) - the Golden Age, reaching great levels of prosperity that resulted in an unprecedented cultural boom, expressed in architecture, drama, science and philosophy.

The ultimate aim of the archaeological fairy tales is the acquaintance of the public worldwide, with the different eras of this great civilization. Through storytelling, music and songs, as well as games created on the basic principles of archaeology and music, children, as well as adults, acquire knowledge about the everyday life and the living conditions of the ancient Greeks, reviving in a unique way the past.

The first performance of these archaeological fairy tales, which were born in 2013, took place at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Greece (summer and autumn of 2014), where they were attended by more than 2.000 visitors of different ages and nationalities, who had also the opportunity to hear original music composed on an ancient reconstructed lyre by Dr. Nikos Xanthoulis.

Since then, the archaeological fairy tales were presented at B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music, at the Conservatory of Athens in a conference for Ancient Greek Music, at School Life and Education Museum of Athens, at the Folk Museum of Stemnitsa, Arcadia, as well as in a variety of schools and other cultural institutions.

On February 2016, two of the archaeological fairy tales (“Kymothoi’s journey” and “The Dream of Nikias and Meliti”) were presented at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC in conjunction with the exhibition: “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World”, receiving excellent reviews from the American audience, while they were also performed at the U.S. Capitol in the presence of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Loula Loi Alafoyiannis, the Founder and President of EAWC, Daisy Gallagher the Chairwoman of Gallagher & Gallagher Worldwide Inc., Artist Stamatia Trivoulides and other Members of the Congress.

The first archaeological fairy tale, entitled “Kymothoi’s journey” and referring to the Mycenaean civilization, represented Greece at the Prix Ex Aequo 2014, the International Children’s and Youth Radio Drama Festival, organized by EBU at Bratislava in November 2014 and has been published by Kalentis Editions in 2015.

More archaeological fairy tales are currently prepared to be published, as a series, from Patakis Editions, while others are constantly ordered and prepared, adjusted to Greek archaeological sites and museum exhibitions.

 

            While creating the archaeological fairy tales, Dr. Evy Papadopoulou also wrote the scripts and gave her voice to one of the characters of two fiction films (‘Fronimi” and “La Dame d’Auxerre”) directed by Andonis Theocharis Kioukas, under the scientific supervision of Professor Nikos Stambolidis and Dr. Mimika Giannopoulou, which are currently displayed at the new Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, Crete.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLycsyohDeo

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt4wU8oSADw

 

PERFORMANCES OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL FAIRY TALES

 

- National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Greece (11 performances in 2014)

- Athens Conservatory, Greece (9 performances in 2015)

- School Life and Education Museum of Athens, Greece (1 performance in 2015)

- B&M Theocharakis Foundation for The Fine Arts and Music, Athens, Greece (5 performances in 2015-2016)

- National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (3 performances in conjunction with the exhibition: “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World”, 2016, organized by Dr. Eleftherios Ikonomou, ARTS etc., Intercultural Dialogues, Berlin, with generous funding from the Goelet Corporation, New York)

- U.S. Capitol (1 performance in the presence of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Loula Loi Alafoyiannis, the Founder and President of EAWC, Daisy Gallagher the Chairwoman of Gallagher & Gallagher Worldwide Inc., Artist Stamatia Trivoulides and other Members of the Congress)

- Celestyal Cruises (1 performance on a Greek culture themed cruise of the Aegean sea)

- Stemnitsa’s Folk Museum, Arcadia, Greece (1 performance in August 2016)

 

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