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Organizing Committee


Prof. Nikos Pleros

Prof. Liam O'Faolain

Prof. Amalia Miliou

Local Committee

Mrs. Stella Markou
+30 2310 998776


3rd September Str.
University Campus

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 Social Event includes a tour in the city of Aigai (Vergina).


The city of Aigai, the ancient first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century near Vergina, in northern Greece. The most important remains are those of the monumental palace, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. Vergina is a Unesco Heritage site.

The visitor will also see a plundered a cist family tomb (I), known as the “Tomb of Persephone”, with the incomparable fresco of the abduction of Persephone by Hades and a ruined building named "Heroon", probably used for the worship of the dead royal members buried next door. Some of the major finds exhibited here are the two golden urns, containing the bones of Philip II and one of his wives, two oak and one myrtle golden wreaths worn by the royal dead. On display is also the rare gold-and-purple embroidered cloth, which wrapped the bones of the royal wife, along with her golden diadem of a unique art, two ivory symposium beds, weapons and armour of Philip II, valuable symposium utensils of the royal family and the silver urn of the "Prince."


Date: 28 June 2018


  1. Departure from Thessaloniki, in front of conference venue. Time: 08.30
  2. Conducted visit to the Museum of the Royal Tombs and the archaeological site of Aigai (ticket included in the social program fee). Of particular note are the tombs of the royal dynasty, most notably King Philip II and a young prince who is identified as Alexander IV, and a cist grave. More information for Aigai and Royal Tombs.
  3. Bus Leaves to the beach, where lunch is served and the Poster award is also given (lunch either at Vergina or at some beach bar). Time 14:00.
  4. Arrival at conference venue. Time 18.00.