The Parthenon hosts Symposia through the year. Each symposium is an opportunity to gain knowledge of the ancient civilizations that underpin our own, the Parthenon, and contemporary fine art.

Two organizations provide the funding for these lectures: The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park and the Archaeological Institute of America. All lectures are provided free to the community and generally take place at the Parthenon at 6:00 p.m. followed by a reception. Seating is not reserved, but please call 615-862-8431 to RSVP.


AbleVoices: Photography for Self-Expression and Amplifying the Voice of Individuals with Disabilities

Guests/Lecturer: Jen Vogus, Founder of AbleVoices

Date: Monday, January 13

Time: 6 PM

Location: Parthenon

Details: Photographer and educator Jen Vogus, founder of the non-profit organization AbleVoices, will deliver a lecture on the power of photography for individuals with disabilities. Vogus will share her experience teaching photography based on the photovoice method, which provides cameras to individuals who feel like their voice is not heard regarding a particular issue that affects them. Her process seeks to create positive social change via the powerful visual medium of photography to increase disability awareness and foster more accepting and inclusive communities. This Symposium will include a question and answer session as well as an opportunity to view the AbleVoices display in the Parthenon Gallery Lobby.

Assessing the Historicity of the Trojan War: Excavations at Troy 1988-2010

Guests/Lecturer: Dr. C. Brian Rose, University of Pennsylvania

Date: Thursday, January 30

Time: 6 PM

Location: Parthenon

Details: In 1988 archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Tübingen, Germany, began new excavations at Troy with the intent of examining all phases of habitation- from the Bronze Age through the Byzantine period. This lecture presents the results of the Bronze Age, Greek, and Roman excavations at the site during the last 24 years. Work has concentrated primarily on the theater, temple of Athena, the Bouleuterion (Council House), and the Sanctuary of the Samothracian Gods. The Bronze Age fortifications and Roman houses in the Lower City have also been extensively investigated. Excavation thus far has clarified the nature of habitation at the site during the late Bronze Age (15-12th centuries B.C.), as well as the rise in the city's fortunes during the reign of Augustus and his Julio-Claudian successors. The relationship between the recent discoveries at the site and the Homeric tradition are also considered.