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Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
Bonna Daix Wescoat (Project Director: December 2014 to present)

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$290,500 (approved)
$290,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 4/30/2021

From the Vantage of the Victory: The Performative Heart of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace

Archaeological fieldwork and analysis at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the island of Samothrace (Greece); 3D modeling of the site; a scholarly symposium; and preparation of a co-authored book. (36 months)

The Victory, Nike, of Samothrace in the Louvre has long captured the imagination of the world, but it becomes all the more powerful when reunited with its spatial, material, historical, religious and aesthetic environment in the ancient Greek Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace. From the Nike's vantage over the performative heart of the Sanctuary, Theater, Stoa, and Altar Court, we reframe the archaeological investigation of this Hellenistic international religious center, grounding our exploration in the rich material record of the region, the dynamic environmental factors underlying it, and the human actions through which it was determined and experienced. Drawing on approaches to space, memory, and identity to investigate cultural interaction and community creation in this evocative place, whose rites were open to all and whose promises were famously valued, our work aims to provide a basis for engaging spatial and experimental issues at stake in understanding sacred places.