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New York, N.Y. - A lecture by Nicholas Stampolidis, Professor of Archaeology, University of Crete, and Director, Museum of Cycladic Art-the inaugural program in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual series "Lectures in Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art"-will take place in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, in the Museum's Uris Center for Education on Friday, May 4, at 6 p.m. Titled "Greek Islands Off the Beaten Track: An Archaeological Journey to the Greek Islands of Kastellorizo, Symi, Halki, Tilos, and Nisyros," the lecture is free with Museum admission. The annual series, of which this lecture is a part, was established to make the ancient art and culture of the Cyclades and later Greece more familiar to a broad audience. The Cyclades are an island group in the Aegean Sea, southeast of the Greek mainland, where an important Neolithic and early Bronze Age culture flourished from before 5000 B.C. until about 2000 B.C. This lecture has been made possible by the Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art, Athens, Greece, in fondest memory of its founder, Dolly Goulandris.