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    Matthew K. Gold


    Jim Coddington started the topic Lecture at IFA in the forum NYCDH

    Tuesday, February 4, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Silberberg Lecture
    Title: Digital Autopsy and the Temple of Hera at Olympia: Rethinking the
    Beginnings of Greek Monumental Architecture
    Speaker: Philip Sapirstein

    About the Lecture: In 2013, I initiated a new study of the Temple of Hera
    at Olympia, one of the oldest well-preserved Doric buildings from ca. 600
    BCE. Although well known since its excavation in the 1870s, the Heraion
    lacks a comprehensive architectural study meeting modern standards of
    publication. My recent fieldwork has involved extensive 3D recording based
    on photogrammetry, implemented with exceptionally high resolution and
    survey methods that control error within 1 mm throughout the 25 x 55m site.
    The resulting 3D models have proven indispensable to my investigation of
    the architectural history of the monument. One of the most important
    conclusions is that the in situ colonnades are largely original to the
    building, and not, as formerly believed, the result of piecemeal repairs to
    what was originally a wooden colonnade. I am currently working on a digital
    anastylosis of the stone colonnades, using a computer algorithm to restore
    more than 80 fragments in the blockfields to their original positions. As
    originals from the first quarter of the sixth century BCE, they attest to
    not later, piecemeal repairs but rather a wide array of experimental
    construction techniques in use at the early beginnings of monumental
    building in Greece. Furthermore, many of the construction methods are only
    attested in distant places such as Aigina and Syracuse, suggesting that
    expert masons had traveled to Olympia and collaborated on the construction
    of the Heraion.

    Please note that seating in the Lecture Hall is on a first-come,
    first-served basis with RSVP.

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