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bMS 697

New Testament and Archaeological Slides: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University


Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 697
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Title: New Testament and Archaeological Slides,
Date(s): 1970-2009.
Quantity: 9 boxes
Abstract: This collection consists of slides of archaeological sites and museums in the Mediterranean area. The slides were created and collected by Helmut Koester and his students.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Helmut Koester, 2009.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Rachel Adler, 2009.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Since the 1970s, Helmut Koester of Harvard Divinity School and his students and colleagues have been creating and collecting slides of important archaeological sites and museums in the Mediterranean area. The slides are used for teaching and research in New Testament studies; Greek and Roman mystery religions; and early Christian history. The archaeological sites represented in the slides are located in cities and religious centers that were especially important during the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial periods (ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE). They include sites in Athens, Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Sardis, Thessaloniki, Hierapolis and Philippi. Most of the slides document the architecture and layout of these archaeological sites. There are also many slides depicting inscriptions, statues, coins, and mosaics that were found at the sites. These objects picture the gods and rulers of the ancient world and help illustrate the overlapping iconography of divinity and kingship.
The digitization and cataloging of these images was supported by a grant from the Harvard University Library's Library Digital Initiative (LDI). This collection contains the original slides that were digitized; the digital images are available on VIA, the Visual Information Access system, which is a union catalog of visual resources at Harvard:

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of over 6,000 slides. Some of the slides are arranged by subject and others by the location in which the slides were taken. The slide numbers are based on an original arrangement scheme, based on box number, column in the box, and slide number. For example, slide 44B2 was in box 44, column B, and was the 2nd slide in that column. The folders reflect the same order that the boxes did, and the numbers on the folders refer to the first and last slides that are found in the folder.
The subject and place categories are as follows: Gods; Kings/Maps; Emperors; Eastern Macedonia/Kavallah; Philippi; Thessaloniki: Coins, Religions Agora, Galerius Churches; Central Macedonia/Pella Vergina/Olynth; Dion; Thasos; Aliki; Samo-Thrace; Athens: Agora, Hadrian's Library, Pynx Roman Market Amyneion/Herod. Atticus Odeion/Olsklepieion; Eleusis; Aegina; Attica: Oropos, Brauron, Sounion, Rhamnous; Delphi; Nikopolis/Dodona; Isthmia/Kenchreai; Corinth: Lechaion Road, Peirene West Temple Terrace, Arch.(?) Temple, Theater Asklepieian Acror.(?), Demetor Museum; Argos: Nemea Megalopolis; Epidaurus; Olympia; Delos; Thera; Pergamon: Athena, Palaces, Trajan Aet.(?) Zeus, Theater Demeter Gymnasia, Red Hall Museum; Ephesus: Artemision, State Agora, Domition Temple Curetes Street, Hadrian T[emple?], Scholastikia, Slope House Celsus Library, Sarapion, Agora Theater Church of Mary, Vedius Gy.(?), Church of John Belevi Mon.(?) Museum; Kos; Asclepiium; Smyrna; Sardis: Marble Court Synagogue Artemis, Pactolus N[orth?], Manisa Museum; Hierapolis; Aphrodisias; Ionia/Caria; Miletus; Hera-Kleia; Pamphylia; Pisidia Termessos


The number after the slash in each entry in the following list indicates the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.

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