Promotional material designed for the needs of the lecture titled “Autumn Lectures in Classics 2020” which took place in November 2020, by Christy Constantakopoulou (Professor of Ancient History and Classics, Birkbeck College, London), for the Institute of Historical Research – Section of Greek and Roman Antiquity (National Hellenic Research Foundation). In the design case study that was submitted, the use of recycled paper was proposed, along with special printing processes (metallic pantone, silver foil and embossed).
The lecture explored some little-known stories of island connectivity from the Classical and early Hellenistic Aegean. The presence of many islands is a dominant feature of the Aegean Sea. The geographical landscape of the Cyclades, in particular, created the necessary context for increased maritime traffic throughout classical antiquity. Contrary to literary sources, which normally reflect elite points of view, inscriptions often reveal everyday stories about the people living in the insular landscape of Aegean Greece. Specific inscriptions that display maritime mobility and inter-island traffic between neighbouring islands in the Cyclades were examined. These inscriptions speak of gods, slaves, goats and pirates, all moving between islands.