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In all qualities those places excel, in which
there is a divine inspiration, and in which the gods have their
appointed lots and are propitious to the dwellers in them (Plato,
Landscape archaeology is a new
way of looking at ancient sites. Following both principles that
entertainment should always reinvent itself and knowledge should not be
the private pleasure of scholars, here is a series of four exclusive
tours (12 participants maximum per tour) around
some of the most sacred landscapes in Europe. From Attica and the
Delphic Region in Central Greece, to Rome (as well as Tarquinia and
Tivoli), exploring Northern Greece, from the slopes of Mount Olympus to Thassos, and finally rediscovering ancient Naples, its archaeological
landscape (Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum), Capri and Ischia.
the 17th century, archaeologists’ focus has shifted from objects to
sites and finally to whole landscapes. In the 17th and 18th centuries, antiquarians
collect beautiful objects; in the 19th century, archaeologists start to
record entire sites: objects are found and interpreted in their original
context. Today, archaeologists study the entire landscape of ancient
sites, their topography, the former sites as well as the visual and
other links with related sites within the same geographical area.
Landscape implies an area shaped by man: otherwise we would say nature.
But a sacred landscape, means that men shaped nature because of certain
pre-existing sacred natural elements. These could be a waterfall, a spring, a cave, a
mountain which often give rise to early places of worship. These in turn
are re-used as sacred locations by each generation.