The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of Vrysaki: A Neighborhood Lost in Search of the Athenian Agora by Sylvie Dumont.
Between 1931 and 1939, central Athens was transformed by the expropriation and demolition of the Vrysaki neighborhood at the foot of the Acropolis. In these few years, more than 5,000 inhabitants were displaced and 348 properties were torn down so that the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) could excavate the ancient Agora; the scale of the project and the degree to which it was documented make this a unique episode in the history of Greek archaeology. Using materials from the ASCSA Archives and a large collection of photographs from the 1930s, this volume details the history of the negotiations, the expropriations, and, most importantly, the Vrysaki neighborhood itself. Illustrating its streets, shops, houses, names, and faces, the author provides a vivid recreation of the community that was Vrysaki.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Defining the Area
Chapter 3. Building the New City
Chapter 4. Archaeological Excavations before 1931
Chapter 5. Negotiations, 1924–1929
Chapter 6. Expropriations
Chapter 7. Anastasios Adossides
Chapter 8. Inhabitants
Chapter 9. Squares and Bridges
Chapter 10. Churches
Chapter 11. Streets
Chapter 12. Houses and Other Buildings
Chapter 13. Shops
Chapter 14. Refugee Settlements
Chapter 15. Expropriations after World War II
Epilogue: Reflections on a Lost Past
Vrysaki: A Neighborhood Lost in Search of the Athenian Agora
276 pp, 352 figs, 2 foldout maps, 2 tables
Hardback, 12" x 9"
978-960-7067-10-4 (modern Greek)