February 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Norwegian Institute at Athens
Tsami Karatasou 5
11742 Athens (Koukaki)

In the framework of the Nordic Narrative in Athens, Professor Christine Amadou from the University of Oslo will give a talk titled:

Ingvald Undset, traveler and observer: A Norwegian archaeologist visiting Greece and Schliemann in 1883

The Nordic Narrative in Athens is a program coorganized by the embassies and institutes of the Nordic countries at Athens and the Nordic Library at Athens.
The talk will take place at the Norwegian Institute at Athens (Tsami Karatasou 5, 5th floor) starting at 19:00 (7 PM)

Norwegian archaeologist Ingvald Undset (1883-1893), father of the Nobel laureate Sigrid, came to Greece in 1883 on a Norwegian state grant. Originally a specialist in the Nordic Iron Age archaeology, he spent his last years relating his travels to Italy and Greece, published in the book “Fra Akershus til Akropolis” (1893). Undset was one of the few Norwegians travelling to Greece in the nineteenth century, and his book differs from the majority of European travel writings in its professional interests. On several pages in his chapters on Greece he relates his conversations with Heinrich Schliemann and discusses the relationship between Schliemann and modern Greece as well as his own impressions of Greece, partly mishellenic, partly philhellenic. My presentation will focus on Undset’s ambiguous description of Greece, his perspective on Schliemann, and the author’s own position as an archaeologist.​