The contribution derives from a recent investigation held at the DICAR Department of the Polytechnic of Bari, under the scientific supervision of professor Giorgio Rocco, regarding the Palaestra and the Western Gymnasium of Kos. According to the research, the above mentioned Palaestra, one of the largest in the ancient world, is to be dated to the II century B.C. It was partially dug out in 1936 by L. Morricone during the Italian dominance over the Southern Sporades (1912-1948). At that time many restoration works were undertaken in the Italian Dodecanese and also the Palaestra was subjected to an anastylosis which had partially rised its oriental porch. The new search relies on new detailed drawings, complemented with a catalogue of architectural fragments and the analysis of the structures finalized to the reconstructive study. Afterwards the analysis has focused on the critical status of the same Italian restoration, carried on with integration of concrete cement, elaborating a derestoration project and a proposal for an anastylosis of a further section of the porch with the aim to enhancing the archaeological area.

Restoring the restoration: The Palestra of the West Gymnasium of Kos

Antonello Fino
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2014

Abstract

The contribution derives from a recent investigation held at the DICAR Department of the Polytechnic of Bari, under the scientific supervision of professor Giorgio Rocco, regarding the Palaestra and the Western Gymnasium of Kos. According to the research, the above mentioned Palaestra, one of the largest in the ancient world, is to be dated to the II century B.C. It was partially dug out in 1936 by L. Morricone during the Italian dominance over the Southern Sporades (1912-1948). At that time many restoration works were undertaken in the Italian Dodecanese and also the Palaestra was subjected to an anastylosis which had partially rised its oriental porch. The new search relies on new detailed drawings, complemented with a catalogue of architectural fragments and the analysis of the structures finalized to the reconstructive study. Afterwards the analysis has focused on the critical status of the same Italian restoration, carried on with integration of concrete cement, elaborating a derestoration project and a proposal for an anastylosis of a further section of the porch with the aim to enhancing the archaeological area.
2nd ICAUD International Conference in Architecture and Urban Design Epoka University
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