Professor emeritus Evangelos Livieratos at Gerovassiliou Wine Museum

27 Jan. 2017

On Monday, 6 February 2017, at 19.00 we look forward to welcoming Evangelos Livieratos, professor emeritus of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, for a lecture on: 

The “magic” of visualization: 10 maps that changed the World!

Are maps magical images? Are they images of the truth or just a lie? Are they useful or useless? And why is that man, for 300 centuries B.C. to date, continuously draws maps, images of geographical location, in different ways and techniques? What has our civilization gained from maps, during the best and the worst years? Did the maps really change the World and the way we think of it? Did they bring humans closer or further apart? And why is it that while other countries based their progress on maps, we, Greeks, were not able to do so, from the first day we became a state to date, even though we were the first to talk about maps since the Ionian period. These are a few of the many questions that can be asked about maps and their role on a country’s and nation’s education, culture, economy, science and technology. The answers to these questions will or will not confirm the view of many that a country’s general cartographic education depicts the level of society’s development! The lecture and discussion will revolve then around all of the above, after the presentation of 10 selected spectacular maps that influenced, in one way or another, the change of the World’s image, in relation to the historic events that affected or were imposed on their construction. The maps cover almost 6 centuries till the 18th century, focusing on the 16th century that marks the radical change of the world’s old image, a world with three Continents, like humans and their civilization knew it, as a stereotype, for more than 2000 years.   


Just before the lecture the museum will be open from 18.00-19.00.

Entrance is free