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Project Management, Decision Making, and Accounts:

Some lessons from fifth century BC Athens

Wednesday, 10 May 2017,
16:30 to 18:00
W309, Ipswich Waterfront Building, Ipswich

From the middle of the fifth century BC the Athenian democracy engaged with a number of major building projects. The income to fund these projects was derived from independent city states (poleis) and recorded in great detail on the marble Athenian Tribute Lists erected on the Athenian acropolis. Some of the decrees initiating the projects have survived, sometimes outlining the project team including architects and the composition of the overseeing committee. One of the most ambitious projects was the construction of the Parthenon as well as the creation of its colossal gold and ivory statue of Athena Parthenos. The annual accounts provide information about the income and expenditure as well as committee overseeing the project. The epigraphic evidence includes some evidence of preferred project team structures, for example the one to create the colossal bronze statue of Athena Promachos.

Professor David Gill is Director of Heritage Futures at the University of Suffolk. He is a former Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome, and Sir James Knott Fellow at Newcastle University. He curated the Greek and Roman collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, before moving to Swansea University as Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology. In 2012 he received the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Archaeological Institute of America for his research on cultural property.


Professor David Gill, Director of Heritage Futures