The discovery of the site of Aï Khanum in the northeast of Afghanistan has revolutionized the studies of oriental Hellenism. It is a Greek city that archaeologists have excavated between 1964 and 1978 at the confluence of the Darya - i Pandj (headwaters of the Amu Darya) and the Kokcha. In addition to a huge Palace, temples, houses, they uncovered a gymnasium and a theater, emblematic buildings of Greek culture. To the plans of the monuments, rather of oriental inspiration, were associated elements of Greek architecture: columns and capitals, tiles and ante fixes.
The conference will trace the different phases of this great archaeological discovery, certainly one of the most important in the second half of the 20th century.