Athens, a palimpsest


Title: Tó Palémpsiston tís Athínas [Athens, a palimpsest; in Greek]

Author: Collective

Editor: Cleopatra Papaevangelou-Genakos

Publisher: Bank of Greece (Centre for Culture, Research and Documentation)

Year of publication: 2023

Number of pages: 232

Dimensions: 24 x 17 cm

Book cover: Paperback                 

Book type: Conference proceedings

ISBN: 978-618-5536-50-3

Central Distribution:
a. National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (ΜΙΕΤ) in Athens (13 Amerikis Str., tel.: +30 210 3614143) and Thessaloniki (11 Tsimiski Str., tel.: +30 2310 288036)
b. Ι. Nikolopoulos & Co. SA – Ekdoseis tou Eikostou Protou (9 Ζaloggou Str., Athens, tel.: +30 210 3800520).

About the book

The book is a fruit of the interdisciplinary meeting “Athens, a palimpsest”, which was organized by the Centre for Culture, Research and Documentation of the Bank of Greece in October 2022. It is based on speakers’ contributions to the meeting that reflected each one’s unique point of view.

Thus, the professor of classical archeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Dimitris Plantzos writes about the traces of classical past in the Athenian present, looking through “windows to the past” that open within the modern city. Professor Emeritus at the National Technical University of Athens Dimitris N. Karidis discusses the plan for the expansion of the then newly established Greek capital, drafted in 1833, over a trip “Athens-Berlin”. The economics professor at the Tufts University and corresponding member of the Academy of Athens Yannis M. Ioannides, together with the PhD candidate Shengbin Wei, look at Athens through a macroeconomic perspective of its economic development from antiquity to this day.

The historian-professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Eugenia Bournova, together with the historian-researcher Myrto Dimitropoulou, focus on social and professional groups in the city of Athens during 1900-1960. The author and president of the Board of Trustees at the National Library of Greece Stavros Zoumboulakis talks of Athens by Alexandros Moraitidis, the city as presented in the literary work of the cousin of famous author Alexandros Papadiamantis. The associate professor at the National Technical University of Athens Kostas Tsiambaos presents “another Athens”, enumerating important architectural projects of the 20th century that never came to be. Finally, journalist and author Nikos Vatopoulos focuses his research on interwar Athens, outlining the historical, social and urban planning changes the city has undergone.

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