Greek Professor Manolis Korres (**), presented in the island of Tinos a comprehensive and mostly interesting lecture on the evolution of the columns worldwide, as an architectural element and a sample of social behaviour in the history of man.
The lecture was given last Monday 1oth, July at the Museum of Marble Crafts of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation in the village of Pyrgos, and organized by the Cultural Center of Panormos «Yannoulis Ηalepas».
Among the audience there were Tinian marble craftmen who had worked in the past together with Professor Korres at the Acropolis, at the temple of Parthenon and other monuments. After the presentation, the professor and the local marble craftmen were honored by the cultural center for their contribution to the Greek Ancient Art and Architecture.
The internationally highly distinguished professor explained to a enthusiastic audience the way columns became a basic element in the architecture back in history.
He also indicated the way columns reflected the wish of various civilizations across the Globe from Ancient Times till the Modern Age for progress and power, as well as ambition.
He brought to the attention the multiple common technical and cultural elements shared by civilizations through the mileniums in different parts of the world, as it is demonstrated in the scientific study of the columns and their evolution.
Professor Korres was presented by the president of Panormos Cultural Center, Manolis Sohos, and his academic work by Civil Engineer and conservator, Maria Vidali.
(**) Professor Manolis Korres (University of Athens) is the Director of the Acropolis Restoration Project. He is an architect and archaeologists, and the foremost expert on columns and the Acropolis. Professor Korres has also been featured in a National Geographic documentary addressing the construction and sustainability of the Parthenon Temple in Athens, Greece.