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Special Saturday Quick Hits: a New Archbishop, a New University President, and Blogging Archaeology Again

Three quick hits in a special Saturday edition:

  • The new Metropolitan Archbishop of Greece, Ieronymos II formerly Bishop of Thebes, brings to his office some scholarly credentials according to the press releases.  The official church bulletin said that before entering the clergy he served as a lector or academic assistant under Anastasios Orlandos and pursued an academic which included studying at the University of Athens and then in Germany and Austria — Graz, Munich, and Regensburg  —  but Ieronymos left slightly before the time of that Regensburg’s most famous professor — Pope Benedict XVI — taught there from (1969-1977). He also served for a time as the abbot of Os. Loukas.  He published two books on Christian archaeology: I. Liapes, Μεσαιωνικά Μνημεία Ευβοίας (Medieval Monuments of Evia) (Athens 1971) and in 2005 or 2006 a book on Christian Boeotia which I have not been able to find.  I leafed through the former at the Gennadius Library this morning, and it is a careful and well-done survey of the Medieval Monuments of the island of Evia with a nice collection of plans, drawings, and plates complete with proper academic citations and bibliography.  It’s interesting that Kostis Kourelis wrote a post entitled “Bishops, Earthquakes, and Diaspora” about the relationship between the Orthodox church and American archaeologist just a week or so ago over at his Buildings, Objects, Situations blog.  It will be interesting to see if having an individual with a serious interest in archaeology as Metropolitan leads to closer ties between the church and the American School.
  • On the other side of the pond, my home institution, the University of North Dakota has a new president, Robert Kelly formerly dean of the College of Health Sciences and professor of medical education and public health at the University of Wyoming.  Read the press release here.  Let’s hope that he supports the humanities at the University… particularly our archaeological fieldwork in Cyprus!
  • Finally, Alun Salt and Tom Elliot move at the pace of the blogosphere (or blogging world as Alun puts it).  From conversation to concept in a mere few days, a lengthy and thoughtful post by Alun a few days ago, my slightly irreverent response, and an intriguing new concept designed to occupy the middle ground between a blog and a journal.
  1. Lon
    February 10, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Great blog. Shalom from Israel. I am an American traveling in the Middle East and looking for a dig(s) to volunteer at as time permits. Plus just enjoy reading up on the history when I can. Looks like there is loads of information here and will be back to read more.
    take care.

  2. February 28, 2008 at 4:04 am

    The other Liapis book is:
    Λιάπης, Ιερώνυμος Χριστιανική Βοιωτία: Α΄/ Μητροπολίτου Θηβών και Λεβαδείας Ιερωνύμου. Λιβαδειά : Κέντρο αρχαιολογικών, ιστορικών και θεολογικών μελετών, 2005.
    It is still unclassified and incompletely catalogued, but you’re welcome to come on down to my office Bill, and have a look.

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