The IMEros journal is an annual publication produced by the Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW). Its aim is twofold: to stimulate the theoretical study of the problems and opportunities arising from the interaction between the humanities (mainly archaeology, history and museology) with multimedia and the new technologies (primarily the Internet, electronic publishing, 3D representations and virtual reality); and, by expressing the issues, propositions and concerns that such debate engenders, to highlight the theoretical and scientific basis of the projects realised at FHW and to support the special scientific and academic interests of its staff.
IMEros will thus cover issues relating to
Also included in the journal are articles of purely historical or technological interest relating to history, archaeology, art and new technological applications.
IMEros welcomes any contribution that falls within the above thematic framework.
Future isues of IMEros will follow specific themes and will, additionally, include short web catalogues on such subjects as history, archaeology, and the management of cultural heritage, and, occasionally, short monographs (published as supplements) and reports of conferences organised by FHW.
The first issue of IMEros consists exclusively of articles by FHW staff. As the reader will discover, some articles follow the thematic framework of IMEros. Mitsos Bilalis (Studying on the screen: Interactive technologies and historians' educational practices, 1994-99) describes the recent use and results of multimedia in the academic education of historians; Maria Roussou (High-end interactive media in the museum) raises the issue of using interactive media in museology; and Vangelis Christodoulou (3D monument reconstruction and its reception by a varied audience) investigates the means of processing digital 3D representations of archaeological monuments and sites.
The rest of the articles are related to historical and archaeological issues from antiquity to the present day: Lila Patsiadou (The Coroplast's art in Boeotia in the Classical Period [475-330 b.c.]) and Aphrodite Kamara (Speaking in Greek; The use of the Greek language in the "Dead Cities" of Northern Syria in Late Antiquity) refer to issues of classical archaeology and ancient history respectively; Vasilis Siametis (The katholikon of the monastery of Ayia Paraskevi at Monodendri: the second phase of the painting ) investigates some of the historical issues of post-Byzantine art; Eleni Gara (Murderers and judges in Ottoman Veria [Kara Ferye]) and Seyyed Mohammad T. Shariat-Panahi (Taxation in the kaza of Selanik [Salonica], 1768-1770) raise some of the historical issues of the Ottoman period, whereas Antonios Anastasopoulos (The Ottoman court registers [ser'iye sicilleri] of Veria: classification problems) deals with an important section of Ottoman archival sources. Yorgos Tzedopoulos (The incorporation of the Rebellion of the Popolari into Greek national history) and Aimilia Salvanou (The structure of relation in the "Karlakohori" village of Corfu: billinearity and preservation of patrilinear elements) investigate the phenomena of Neo-Hellenic ideology and society from the viewpoint of history and social anthropology respectively. Finally, Mitsos Bilalis and Athanasios Sideris close the first issue of IMEros with catalogues of electronic addresses relating to history and classical studies on the Internet.
The discrepancy between the declared thematic framework of IMEros and the articles presented in this first issue reflects the variety of interests and the range of expertise of the current staff of FHW, and, at the same time suggests the form future editions of IMEros will follow.
The Editorial Committee
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