A Conversation with the Mayor of Sparta on the City’s Future


Mayor of Sparta, Petros Doukas. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Tatiana Bollari)

SPARTA, Greece -- Petros Doukas, Mayor of Sparta, will join the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Center for Hellenic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles for a conversation on his city’s rich history and promising future.

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As part of its major Laconia Initiative, SNF is supporting a number of major projects in and around Sparta, including upgrading and expanding the city’s museum offerings, construction of a School of Byzantine Music and Hagiography, and an effort to revive the nearby village of Vamvakou. Additionally, SNF’s major Health Initiative in Greece includes the construction of a new hospital, designed by Renzo Piano, in Sparta.

The SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture at UCLA, a hub for teaching and research in anthropology, archaeology, art history, classics, digital humanities, Greek, history, and philosophy, received a foundational $5 million grant from SNF in 2017 and launched in 2020.