Danske Institute in Athens

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The Danske Institute i Athens ( Greek Ινστιτούτο της Δανίας στην Αθήνα , DIA for short ) is one of 17 foreign archaeological institutes in Greece , all of which have their headquarters in Athens .

History and tasks

The institute was founded in 1992 and raised to the rank of "Archaeological School" by the Greek Ministry of Culture. It is a non-profit organization run by the State of Denmark , the National Museum of Denmark , the Universities of Aarhus , Copenhagen and the University of Southern Denmark . The institute is currently headed by Kristina Winther-Jacobsen .

The task of the institute is to conduct and support research on the archeology, history, literature, architecture, art history and culture of Greece as well as on modern Greek philology . In addition to archaeological field work, the institute organizes readings, concerts and exhibitions every two years. It offers conferences, seminars and training courses for Danish doctoral students.

List of directors

  • Søren Dietz (1992–1997)
  • Signe Isager (1997-2001)
  • Jørgen Mejer (2001-2003)
  • Erik Hallager (2004-2010)
  • Rune Frederiksen (2010-2015)
  • Kristina Winther-Jacobsen (since 2015)

Facilities and research

Together with the archaeological institutes of the Swedes, Norwegians and Finns, the institute operates the Nordic Library at Athens , which was founded in 1996 and comprises around 40,000 volumes on Greek archeology and ancient history . It also keeps the complete personal archive of the Greek poet and writer Dimitris Christodoulou, who died in 1991 .

The institute in Kato Vasiliki (the ancient Chalkis in Aitolia ), in Kalydon , in Kattavia on Rhodes and on Kephalonia is or was involved in archaeological investigations in the form of surveys or excavations . His research in the context of the seaport project initiated by the institute in Piraeus is particularly important .


Since 1995 the institute has published the irregular biennial journal Proceedings of the Danish Institute at Athens , which publishes studies by Danish scientists on Greek topics and provides information about the institute's own research. The focus is on topics from ancient Greece, but further and post-ancient cultural aspects are also taken into account. Since 1997, the Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens series has published monographs and conference volumes.


  • Elena Korka (Ed.): Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece: 160 Years . Greek Ministry of Culture, Athens 2005, pp. 90–95.

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