[May 2022]
Âayindir 1922, A Tale of Loss from Asia Minor.

The texts in this book concern the small town of Bayindir in the valley of the Kaystros, near Smyrna, and its inhabitants. They attempt to strike a balance between historical essay, timeless reminiscences, embellished scholarly narratives and personal feelings.
   
  [2021]
Therasia III. Archaeological research and landscape history of an island community.

Therasia is a suitable field for the observation of small island communities, having preserved significant traces of a cultural landscape connected with the diachronic ekistic history of the island, the uses of land, and the perception and experience of the space by human communities on the past.
   
  [Noe 2020]
Good Works: Studies in Honour of Professor Clairy Palyvou.

Announcing the publication of the volume Good Works, Studies in Honour of Clairy Palyvou, edited by Iris Tzachili and Maria Arakadaki, by Ta Pragmata Publications. The papers largely lie in Professor Palyvou's own areas of interest, covering technical and theoretical architectural issues, mainly of the Bronze Age but also in the modern period.
   
  [July 2019]
Therasia II. Historicizing Prehistory: The historical and epistemological context of the archaeological discovery on Therasia in 1866.

A series of studies on the historical and epistemological context of the archaeological discovery on Therasia in 1866, the first in the Aegean, at the time of the volcanic eruption. The unprecedented phenomena, both archaeological and geological, inspired geologists and archaeologists to collaborate on the development of new, mainly evolutionary theories on the pre-hellenic past.
   
 
 

Members:
Tzachili Iris
Daskalakis Nikos

  Collaborators:
Vakirtzi Sophia
Vaitsaras Giannis
Ioakeimidou Lito
Douskos Dimitra
Patera Maria
Pavlaki Katerina
   
   
 
 

Âayindir 1922, A Tale of Loss from Asia Minor.

Edited by:
Iris Tzachili.
ISBN 978-960-98261-8-1 pp.238

The texts in this book concern the small town of Bayindir in the valley of the Kaystros, near Smyrna, and its inhabitants. They attempt to strike a balance between historical essay, timeless reminiscences, embellished scholarly narratives and personal feelings. Âayindir is the place of origin of my parents, and I have tried to create a historical synthesis out of all these things. But. How does one write history when one is emotionally involved? How does one write the history of inherited absence, the transferral of loss, the self that is constructed in an emotional void? I have tried, by touching on the sources, avoiding conventionality and accepting fragmentation, to honour the affection I receiced by the refugees from Bayindir and my own tender memories of them.

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Therasia III. Archaeological research and landscape history of an island community.

Edited by:
Kostas Sbonias and Iris Tzachili.
ISBN 978-960-98261-7-4 pp.499

Therasia is a suitable field for the observation of small island communities, having preserved significant traces of a cultural landscape connected with the diachronic ekistic history of the island, the uses of land, and the perception and experience of the space by human communities on the past. These traces have been recorded in the context of the Island Cultures in a Diachronic Perspective: The Case of Therasia research project and the ongoing excavations on the island. This volume focusses on the geological, archaeological and historical research carried out on Therasia in order to gain an understanding of the history of the landscape in the longue duree, from prehistory to the 21st century. The research combines archaeological survey, geological and geophysical study and excavation methods, while the investigation of the available historical sources and archival research complete the wide range of sources, data and perspectives.

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Good Works
Studies in Honour of Professor Clairy Palyvou.

Edited by:
Iris Tzachili and Maria Arakadaki.
ISBN 978-960-98261-6-7 pp.467

Announcing the publication of the volume Good Works, Studies in Honour of Clairy Palyvou, edited by Iris Tzachili and Maria Arakadaki, by Ta Pragmata Publications.
The papers largely lie in Professor Palyvou's own areas of interest, covering technical and theoretical architectural issues, mainly of the Bronze Age but also in the modern period.
Contributors include Professors Christos Doumas on the architectural model in the Bronze Age, Theodosis Tassios on the design and construction of ancient Greek public works, Nanno Marinatos on Minoan cult sanctuaries, and John Papadopoulos on Mnesikles and the Propylaia of the Acropolis and the contemporary vicissitudes of the monument.

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Therasia II, Historicizing Prehistory
The historical and epistemological context of the archaeological discovery on Therasia in 1866.

Edited by:
Dimitra Douskos, Alexandre Farnoux and Iris Tzachili

In January 1866, an important event shook the lives of the inhabitants of Santorini as well as of the entire South Aegean and Crete all while attracting considerable scientific and political interest. In the large enclosed gulf between Thera and Therasia, a series of eruptions, the emergence of new islands and the submersion of others, heralded the volcanic phenomena that were to last until October 1870. It was in this context that a prehistoric building was unexpectedly discovered on Therasia in the course of mining works carried out to support the opening of the Suez Canal. The dwelling was the first of its kind in Greece, well ahead of Troy, Knossos and Mycenae.

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Vrysinas II - The Pottery of the 1972-1973 excavation

edited by Iris Tzachili

This volume is the second in the series of published archaeological material from the Vrysinas Peak Sanctuary, covering the pottery from the 1972-73 excavation. Apart from the basic presentation of the pottery via illustrations, photographs and descriptions, and of its chronological and typological context, the main themes developed are the analysis of human activity at the site as evidenced by the pottery (e.g. large-scale communal meals), the offerings of material and immaterial goods (the ritual), and the visitors' origins.

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Thirassia I, a diachronic journey

edited by Clairy Palyvou and Iris Tzachili

The volume Thirassia I, A Diachronic Journey, is the first contribution to the history of the island of Thirassia, from the distant past (Bronze Age) to recent times (architecture, social anthropology). The work is a series of studies focusing on different research aspects (geology, mining technology, pottery fabric analysis, etc.) and on the search for ancient testimonies through surface surveys. It is, in effect, a mapping of human presence on the island down the ages, highlighting choices, limitations, changes, continuities and discontinuities, and investigating in a variety of ways the phenomenon of insularity.

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Milena from Pragua

Margarete Buber-Neumann

Milena from Prague (original title: Milena, Kafkas Freundin, 1963) is an outstanding example of concentration camp literature and the first biography of Milena Jesenska, known to us from Franz Kafka's Letters to Milena.

Buber-Neumann's narrative focuses on the chronicle of her friendship with Milena, which arose in the harsh daily life of the Nazi Ravensbruck concentration camp. The work accomplishes a double aim: as a concentration camp testimony, it provides a first-hand account of the rapid deterioration of living conditions at the camp, culminating in the transformation of Ravensbruck from a labour camp to an extermination camp.

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Textiles and Dress in Grece and the Roman East: A Technological and Social Approach.

Edited by Iris Tzachili and Eleni Zimi

Dress, textiles and their production process are a difficult scientific venture to embark upon, due to the complexity of the subject. They present many different aspects and touch on a wide variety of social sectors, such as the economy, technique, raw materials, commerce, fashion and symbolisms of all kinds. This is even more the case when the period covered is the Roman era in Greece, a multifarious and little-studied time influenced both by the weight of Classical tradition and by the new mores and customs spreading throughout the empire.

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Vrysinas I - Minoan Artistic Landscapes. The vases with applied plastic figures from the Vrysinas Peak Sanctuary and the quest for depth.

by Iris Tzachili

The starting-point of this study is a series of vases from the Vrysinas Peak Sanctuary with applied plastic decoration representing landscapes, currently presented as unique to this site. There is also reference to the clay figurines with depictions of rocks, trees and animals from the same site. The finds, the methods of artistic representation and other similar Minoan finds are analysed, before moving on to other categories of Minoan artwork with representations of landscapes. There is extensive discussion of the concept of perspective, the quest for depth and the form this quest assumes in Minoan contexts.

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Aegean Metallurgy in the Bronze Age

Edited by Iris Tzachili

The jigsaw puzzle of the metallurgy and metalworking of the Aegean is slowly being completed. It is being filled in by new finds, new methods, and analyses that point to new possibilities. The pieces of the puzzle are still difficult to assemble: our knowledge is frequently fragmented, both geographically and chronologically. Nevertheless it is now possible to arrive at a minimum series of technical events in a chronological and geographical sequence, not just a sequence of abstract technological development, following a continuous and linear concept. The effort is rather directed to plotting the evidence in chronological, technical and geographical correspondence, albeit with a number of gaps, regressions and delays.

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