by George Rodakoglou


"Imprisoned" the lion of Amphipolis watching the podium. Without language standing mute. "It was autumn 1937. Ebdomintaepta years passed and the lion still gazes the Struma as a wild looking his identity. The architect Michalis Lefantzis studied the existence, and revealed the secret of therioy. He equated the majestic sculpture with Kasta Hill and highlights the "King" on his throne, as a symbol of funerary monument.

"All members of the enclosure is of the same style with the lion. O Tomb on the Hill Kasta bring on top of a four-sided construction built (9,95 X 9,95 X 5,30 measures), which initially was seen by the first excavator Dimitris Lazaridis as burial mark. In fact it is the Foundation of the pedestal on which stood the lion of Amphipolis "says Michalis Lefantzis and notes" the Lion, has a height of 5,30 measures and overall with the pedestal 15,84. Was created with Visual structure, so as to be visible from a distance 100 meters and height 30 "

Archaeological investigations of the Inspectorate of Antiquities in the Serres Prefecture, Greece have sealed the scientific study of Michael Lefantzi with the discovery of part of the back of the.

"I hope that this investigation be completed. I feel proud that I am here in the last two years, and I feel honored that I work for you, for the city and the region "said Mr. Lefantzis in joint press conference of archaeologists and institutions in the Prefecture of Serres.

From the 1960 Greek archaeologists, among them George Mpakalakis of the 6th antiquity Conservancy Kavalas, they believed that the lion of Amphipolis hides a secret. The revelation of the mystery of therioy was forty-four years after.

The analysis of the material from which build the lion testifies that the sculptor used thassian marble similar to this precinct funerary monument, and dated to the fourth century.

The pedestal he discovered ypothemelio 1964 on the Hill the Kasta archaeologist Dimitris Lazaridis combined with new scientific data demonstrate unambiguously that the lion-in antiquity-was at the top of the mound indicating the magnificence of the monument.

The lion of Amphipolis was minced the 1912 from Greek troops when during the Balkan war, the British kicked into the Struma in their quest to take home. Their plans have been thwarting the Bulgarians who occupied the Pangeo.

The remnants of the lion came to light during land drainage of the River in order to become croplands.

The 1937 archaeologists with the sculptor Andrea Panagiotakis composed the sculpture with 11 pieces that were left, While they lack the filled with cement and then placed the lion in place located.

From today's missing form the neck, the language, like the eyes.

"But even if Generally imagine a few dozen inches taller, again compared to other ancient Lions build chunky "writes 1990 Professor of Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki George Mpakalakis in the thesis "ISMARIKOS" WINE

However the architect Michalis Lefantzis explains why the lion has this not as well-formed appearance: "Because you stood atop the mound, i.e. in height 35 with 40 m. and at a distance 100 m., If you do not normally looks normal from afar».

The pose of the lion of Amphipolis vision the then Ambassador of the United States of America Mac Veagh, Describes in his study of the Mpakalakis. The study's rights were given to a Frenchman and an American, and no Greek could make posts for the lion of Amphipolis.


Michalis Lefantzis belongs to the Group of close associates of Katerina Peristeri. The head of archaeological excavations requested the assistance of the, When he needed some credentials in the course of excavations. The help, Indeed, has been a valuable, as it was the first acknowledgement that the lion of Amphipolis was connected to the Tomb on the Hill Kasta.

He is a graduate of the Department of architecture of the ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY and PhD in the Department of communication and mass media of the Kapodistrian University of Athens. Works as architect-scholar in South Slope of Acropolis Committee, While he is a member of technical mission produced by the fwtogrammetriki and fix and documentation of the architecture monument of the Panieroy Church of the resurrection in Jerusalem.

"It has even worked in the maintenance of the Holy Church of Agios Nikolaos of Vipers, in the area of Inside Mani, but the restoration of the building of Port Traffic in the naval base of Salamis and the study of the old Ministry of Maritime recovery – Schillizzi home.

At The Same Time, He participated in several research programmes in Greek universities and taught in seminars, organized mainly by the European Union.

Michalis Lefantzis: Powerful symbol on the Hill the lion of Amphipolis Kasta

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