Dörpfeld's excavations west of the Athens Acropolis showing an ancient wine press

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Collection BSA SPHS Image Collection
Reference No. BSA SPHS 01/0102.0895
Level Item
Description Glass negative, lantern slide size (3.25 x 3.25 inches), a copy negative for the production of a lantern slide. Image taken from a photograph.
Dimensions 8 x 8 cm
Place Dopfeld's Excavations W. of Acropolis
Dates 1894-1897
Donor/Creator The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
Scope and Content The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Ancient Greek wine press".
Notes Unknown date, but since it appears in the 1897 slide catalogue in the Journal of Hellenic Studies, it probably dates no later than 1897.
Further information The area west of the Athens Acropolis, according to E.A. Gardner in his book, Ancient Athens (1902) pp. 111-117, is the area located in the valley between the Areopagus, the Pnyx and the Acropolis. Gardner's sketch plan (on page 109) shows the location of a winepress in its relation to other structures in the area. The area was excavated by Dörpfeld in 1894 wo identified it as the precinct of Dionysion in Limnai. This identification was based, in part by the presence of the winepress (Dörpfeld 1895 Att, Mitt pp. 161-206). However, in 1911, it was identified by A. Frickenhaus (Att. Mitt 1911, pp. 113-144) as the Heroon of Heracles Alexikakos (see J. Trovlos, Pictoral Dictionary of Athens pp. 274-5). This identification as the Heroon of Heracles Alexikakos has since been contested.
Reference 1897 JHS 17: Catalogue of Slides. lviii.Ac 60. Link to article
1904 JHS 24: Catalogue of Slides. xcvii.SPHS 895. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 36.SPHS 895. Link to article