Ancient Thera - Santorini's Other Side (at UVic, Amica and Berwick)

Part of: Amica at Somerset House - Spring, Berwick Royal Oak Sessions

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Thera—now generally known as Santorini—was the site of one of the most cataclysmic events in Earth's history, as well as the apocalyptic end of the world for many Bronze Age Greeks. While Santorini may be a postcard-worthy destination for thousands of tourists today, more than 3,000 years ago it must have seemed like the gates of Hades themselves had opened up—volcanic destruction of Olympian scale on an island less than half the area of Salt Spring Island.

In this session, we'll look at the toll these massive events had on the island of Thera, as well as on neighbouring Crete and as far away as North Africa and the ancient Near East. We'll look at the geography, geology, environment and history of the island, and the extensive archaeological site of Akrotiri. Was Thera Plato's "Lost City of Atlantis" as so many people long to believe, or was it just an unfortunate player in the tectonic game of the Earth?  Either way, it remains one of the must-see places in the world for tourists and scholars alike.

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