Scientific Committee of Nicopolis

Monument restoration
For preserving and restoring sculptures at the Victory Monument in Ancient Nicopolis.  A study and technical support are warranted to ensure that the sculptures are restored using the most appropriate scientific method. The sculptures are part of one of the most important monuments of early Roman imperial art.
The monument’s sculptures and the symbolic representations that surround it depict the naval battle of Actium, an event of great historical importance.

Ancient Nicopolis is located on the Preveza Peninsula and covers a 1,500-acre area. It was founded in 31 B. C. by Octavian Augustus, following his victory at the naval battle of Actium over Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. The location was chosen not only due to the fertility of the land but also because of its geopolitical importance. The city exhibits typical characteristics of Roman urban planning and architecture.  For example, Nicopolis had its own mint where coins were cast up until the mid 3rd century A. D.

Augustus revived the ancient games of the Acarnians, the Actia, which achieved tremendous grandeur. The Church of Nicopolis was founded in 63 A. D. by Paul the Apostle. The city reached its peak during the early Christian era. There is no consensus about the exact period when Nicopolis was abandoned, but it seems most likely that the city was already deserted before the end of the 13th century.