Barbara Tsakirgis, associate professor of classics and history of art, was invited to lecture on Thursday, April 4, at a conference on Hellenistic houses and their functions held at Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. Tsakirgis’s paper was entitled Decor, Deposits and Descriptions: an Analysis of Space in the Hellenistic Houses at Morgantina in Their Last Century.
Tsakirgis is a classical archaeologist who specializes in the study of ancient Greek houses and households. She has been a long-time member of the excavation and research teams at the Hellenistic city of Morgantina in central Sicily and the Athenian Agora, the city center and marketplace of ancient Athens. She has published widely on the elements of Greek houses and households, including the decorated pavements at Morgantina, and is publishing the remains of the Greek and Roman houses excavated at both sites.
In 2012 Governor Bill Haslam named Tsakirgis to a five-year term on the Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council.
*Floor mosaic from the House of the Tuscan Capitals, Room 20, Morgantina