Maria Michalaki-Kollia (Emeritus Director of Museums, Exhibits and Educational Programmes of the Dodecanese) and Stella Skaltsa (Researcher at the University of Copenhagen), "A Monumental Public Building at the Foot of the Rhodian Acropolis"
Rescue excavations in the 1960s and 1970s brought to light a building complex of considerable size at the
eastern foot of the Rhodian Acropolis. The east and south sides of the building have been largely revealed.
They are articulated by porticoes, in the fill of which numerous inscribed pedestals were found. Initially, the
complex was identified by the excavator as the ‘temenos of Helios’ on the basis of a small group of pedestals
that refer to the priests of Helios. This view was later revised with arguments in support of an identification
as the ‘oikos of the priests of Helios’. At any rate, it can be said that this was a major public building, lying
on the main artery of the ancient city, and its function remains to be more precisely clarified. The thorough
publication of this important building, announced by the excavator, will now be realized with the systematic
study of the architectural remains as well as the archaeological finds as part of a collaboration between the
Ephorate of Antiquities of the Dodecanese and the ‘Rhodes Centennial Project’. The lecture will provide a
preliminary assessment of the chronology and the finds, in an effort to evaluate the place and the significance
of the complex in the Rhodian cityscape.