University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Nevila Molla

Decoding Butrint’s Fortifications

Excavations and Surveys, 2005-2009

By: Richard Hodges and Nevila Molla

The painter Edward Lear, visiting Butrint in 1857, was evidently fascinated by its powerful fortifications. Unlike previous visitors, drawn here by the description of the ancient city in Virgil’s Aeneid, Lear’s pictorial legacy shows that it was Butrint’s defenses that made it visually arresting. Now, in the seventy years since the Italian Archaeological Mission unearthed […]