Citizens and Foreigners in Archaic Greece: Access to Land, Justice and Cults

Petsas House, Mycenae. The Excavation of a 14th Century BCE Residential and Industrial Complex

Persistent identifier: Abstract This book manuscript is the final publication of my archaeological excavation of ‘Petsas House’ at the Late Bronze Age site of Mycenae in Greece, conducted under the aegis of the Archaeological Society of Athens, which will present this unique 14th c. BCE architectural complex that was, at the same time, residence, warehouse, and industrial installation, within the extra-palatial settlement of Mycenae. The monograph will appear as a… Read more

Inscribing Temples in Greece and Asia Minor: A Diachronic View

Persistent identifier: Abstract My research centers on new approaches to epigraphic material, highlighting their physical characteristics and architectural contexts in addition to the texts themselves. My current project focuses on inscriptions written on Greek and Roman temples in Turkey and Greece in order to analyze the spatial settings of these documents and the role that they played in defining ancient sanctuaries and religious experience more broadly. I also draw attention… Read more

Cosmos [to] Commons: Systems and Sustainability in Classical Life and Thought

Persistent identifier: Abstract Cosmos [to] Commons presents a genealogy of modern ideas about sustainability and complex systems through a series of case studies from Greek and Roman antiquity. It is a self-described work of “environmental philology” that probes the question of how ancient thought and experience might still speak to us today. The word “to” in the title is something of a double-entendre. On the one hand, it is meant… Read more

Inter-regional Doric Influences and Developments in the Late Classical and Hellenistic Eras in Greece and Asia Minor

Persistent identifier: Abstract My research at DAI/CHS concerns the investigation of architectural influences and morphological developments of the Doric order during the late Classical and Hellenistic periods (400-150 BC) in the major and developing centers of the Greek world. In particular, my research has focused on the evolution of the Doric capital and triglyphs in Western Asia Minor during the Hekatomnid period (375-275 BC), the development of the Pergamenes’ distinct… Read more

The Others. Looking for diversity in Euboean linguistic ecosystems

Persistent identifier: Abstract During my stay at CHS I worked on my main project ‘The Others. Looking for diversity in Euboean linguistic ‘ecosystems’ and I focused on three research areas: 1) the edition of the new as well as the old tablets from Styra (Euboea, ca. 475 BCE); 2) the re-analysis of already published inscriptions by collocating them in a multi-lingual context; 3) the collection and analysis of all metrical… Read more

Companion to the Translation of Greek and Latin Epic

Persistent identifier: Abstract Our joint fellowship was awarded to aid our co-editorial project, A Companion to the Translation of Greek and Latin Epic (Wiley-Blackwell), a volume of collected essays that seeks to bridge the current gap between reception studies and translation studies with specific application to the genre of classical epic. From the outset, framing the discussion and organization of this volume has presented a considerable challenge, as the field… Read more

Ἀχαιοί, Ἀργεῖοι, Δαναοί: Revisiting the system of denomination of the Greeks in the Homeric epics

Persistent identifier: My aim in this project is to examine the system of the denomination of the Greeks within the epic’s plot from a contextual point of view and call into question the general assumption of a haphazard use of the three terms in the Homeric epics. The question if the poet uses the three ethnic names simply as metrical equivalents and formulaic variants or as differentiated terms within the… Read more

Aristotle as a name-giver: the cognitive aspect of his theory and practice

Persistent identifier: In this survey an attempt is made to examine whether Aristotle’s approaches to language, as depicted in his theory and practice, can be paralleled with those that gave rise to the fundamental principles of cognitive linguistics, the field which concentrates on what happens in the human mind during the production and reception of language. Since cognitive linguistics is still in the process of self-definition, for the purposes of… Read more

Sensing the ancient world: The multiple dimensions of ancient Graeco-Roman art

Persistent identifier: Introduction The five senses -visual, olfactory, tactile, gustatory, and auditory– are mostly perceived as something we as archaeologists cannot study – a kind of invisible past – and therefore often ignored in scholarship. So far, archaeology has mainly engaged with and studied direct material evidence in the form of tangible objects. However, these items obviously do not represent the entire picture, as much has disappeared (e.g. artefacts in… Read more

Computational Analysis of the Corpus Platonicum

Persistent identifier: Abstract The Corpus Platonicum is one of the most well-known and most influential works of ancient literature. Yet, it still has unresolved challenges regarding its tetralogical form and the authorship of some of the works. In addition, tracing its ideas through two millennia of Greek literature requires intimate knowledge of the over 500,000-words-long corpus, but also the reading and manual analysis of several-hundred-million words of Greek. The last… Read more

A Measured Harvest: Grain, Tithes, and Territories in Hellenistic and Roman Sicily (276-31 BCE)

Persistent identifier: Abstract During the reign of the Syracusan monarch Hieron II (276-215 BCE), Sicily’s famed agricultural resources were, for the first time, comprehensively mobilized through an administrative system designed to collect an annual grain tithe from cities within his kingdom. Hieron’s administration was so effective that the Romans, eager to feed their growing population, retained the tithe and applied it to the whole of the island, thereby transforming the… Read more

Dogmata, Rules, Prohibitions: an overall investigation of the Pythagorean symbola

Persistent identifier: Abstract As part of a large body of traditional Pythagorean wisdom, symbola are short sentences concerning diverse topics including cosmology, ethics, ritual and cult, dietary precepts as well as regulations of everyday behaviour. Pythagorean followers considered them the most important and most characteristic of the master’s teachings. Despite increasing interest in Pythagorean studies, an overall investigation of the symbola in the context of ancient philosophy and thought is… Read more

Myth and Philosophy in Late Antique Neoplatonism: Porphyry of Tyre (c. 234-305)

Persistent identifier: During my term at the CHS (Fall 2017), I have jointly worked on: (a) my CHS project, focusing on the reception and interpretation of traditional (especially Homeric) and philosophical (Platonic) myths in Porphyry of Tyre (c. 234-305), Plotinus’ pupil and editor; (b) secondarily, the KU Leuven research project on epistemic authority in late antique Neoplatonism, focusing on the logical reconstruction of Plato’s arguments in the Greek commentary tradition… Read more

Kestós Himás: Phraseology and Thematic Indo-European Inherited Structures in Greek Myth

Persistent identifier: Abstract In this project, I investigate a number of Greek mythological traditions by means of a comparative approach. Concretely, I focus on the fire-myth, i.e., on the story of the fire-invention through theft and deceit. My research reveals that the phraseology, the epithets, and the names, which apply to the fire-theft and to the fire-thieves in Greek literary sources, closely parallel those describing the same situations or characters… Read more

Calling the Gods: How Cult Practices Moved across Space and Time in the Ancient Mediterranean

Persistent identifier: “The tongue is a bridge!” So exclaims the practitioner, probably an Old Woman, to the Sun-goddess of the Earth in the 15th century BCE Hittite Ritual against an Ominous Bee as she attempts to lure the goddess to the sacrificial offerings (CTH 447.A = KBo 11.10 iii 17). Her statement presents an early philosophy of language, as it were, in which the invisible medium of spoken words, when… Read more

Social identity, social meaning, and the dynamics of everyday writing in Roman and Late Antique Egypt

Persistent identifier: Abstract Recent studies of Ancient Greek have drawn attention to the social significance of linguistic choice. So far, however, surprisingly little attention has been paid to non-literary evidence: in the dry sands of Egypt, tens of thousands of ‘documentary’ texts have been preserved, ranging from scrap papers and shopping lists to marriage contracts and imperial edicts, which await further study. In this paper, I briefly introduce a research… Read more

Gift of Athena: Olive Oil and the Making of Athens

Persistent identifier: Abstract In this project, I take a long-term approach to the production, distribution, and consumption of Athenian olive oil. From the eighth to the beginning of the fifth century, Athens produced large, specialized ceramic transport containers (amphoras) to ship local liquid produce, such as olive oil and wine, abroad. Around 480 BCE, however, Athens stopped producing these containers and never again adopted a standardized amphora of their own.… Read more

Archaeology Through Archives: The Early History of the Archaeological Research in Boeotia Through Original Historical Archives

Citation with persistent identifier: Fappas, Yannis. “Archaeology Through Archives: The Early History of the Archaeological Research in Boeotia Through Original Historical Archives.” CHS Research Bulletin 5, no. 2 (2017). Ἡ βίβλος αὕτη τῇ φαεινῇ Καδμείᾳ κλέος προσάπτει, ἐπὶ προγόνων μνείᾳ. Thebes, September 14, 1894. The Ephor, Eukleides Vagiannes. 1§1 The above epigram comes from the very first page of the catalogue of the first organized collection of Boeotian antiquities, compiled by the… Read more

Deciphering Greek Amphora Stamps

Citation with persistent identifier: Badoud, Nathan. “Deciphering Greek Amphora Stamps.” CHS Research Bulletin 5, no. 2 (2017). §1 One day in July 1555, the great Sicilian scholar Tommaso Fazello (1498-1570) found near Heloros an amphora handle on which he read the name Agathoklês (fig. 1). Thoroughly steeped in the literary sources he linked this to ancient references which reported that Agathokles, tyrant of Syracuse, had been a potter before he seized power.[1]… Read more

Scholarship and Leadership on the Black Sea: Clearchus of Heraclea as (Un)enlightened Tyrant[1]

Citation with persistent identifier: Harris, Jason. “Scholarship and Leadership on the Black Sea: Clearchus of Heraclea as (Un)enlightened Tyrant.” CHS Research Bulletin 5, no. 2 (2017). 1§1 During the fourth century BCE, between the end of the Peloponnesian War and the beginning of the Hellenistic Period, a group of powerful tyrants appeared across the Greek world. Several of these rulers took advantage of developments within the literary and philosophical spheres by inviting… Read more

Place and Identity in Pindar’s Olympian 2

Citation with persistent identifier: Lewis, Virginia. “Place and Identity in Pindar’s Olympian 2.”CHS Research Bulletin 5, no. 2 (2017). 1§1 In his epinician odes for Sicilian victors, Pindar links local places to Panhellenic mythic narratives to reinforce and shape identities for Sicilian rulers and the citizens over whom they rule. This short paper focuses on the way that Pindar represents civic and ruler identity in terms of place in one of… Read more

Διονύσιος: Τhe grammarian, the potter and the ghosts*

Citation with persistent identifier: Nasioula, Maria. Διονύσιος: Τhe grammarian, the potter and the ghosts. CHS Research Bulletin 5, no. 2 (2017). τοιοῦτον εἴδομεν ποτήριον γραμματικὸν ἀνακείμενον ἐν Καπύῃ τῆς Καμπανίας τῇ Ἀρτέμιδι, ἀργυροῦν, ἐκ τῶν Ὁμηρικῶν ἐπῶν κατεσκευασμένον καὶ ἐντετυπωμένα ἔχον τὰ ἔπη χρυσοῖς γράμμασιν, ὡς τὸ Νέστορος ὄν. Athenaeus Deipnosophists XI 466e §1 Three major questions arise when one comes to consider the grammatika vases: who created them, for whom and… Read more

Two Tombs for Hyrnetho: A Case Study in Localism and Mythographic Topography*

Citation with persistent identifier: Hawes, Greta. “Two Tombs for Hyrnetho: A Case Study in Localism and Mythographic Topography.” CHS Research Bulletin 5, no. 2 (2017). §1 It should be uncontroversial to observe that stories are shaped by the contexts in which they are told. When a storyteller aims to please – or persuade, or entertain, or frustrate, or rebuke, or challenge – his audience, his stories are part of his rhetorical arsenal. The… Read more

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