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Rethinking Athens: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Polis before the Persian Wars - 23-24/02/2017


In recent times Athens has not been a focal point of international research in Classical Archaeology. The main cause of this stagnation appears to be, among other factors, the shortage of new perspectives in interpretation. In previous studies the prevailing approach was largely devoted to linking archaeological finds with specific historical events (e.g. the reforms of Solon, the tyranny of Peisistratos or the reforms of Cleisthenes), know from written sources that were normally produced much later than the events recounted (such as Aristotle’s writings). Up to now only a few recent studies have approached the material culture of Athens from a diachronic perspective and investigated its longterm development. Accordingly, the most recent, exciting archaeological discoveries in Athens and Attica, which were made in the course of large construction projects (e.g. upgrades to the metro prior to the 2004 Olympic Games), have hardly been taken into account in international research.

This two-days workshop is conceived as a platform for the presentation of new finds and new interpretive approaches, with the objective of discussing these finds and approaches in an interdisciplinary framework. The workshop will be focused on the pre-classical period (12 t h –6 t h c. B.C.) and is expressly intended for early-career scholars (i.e. advanced doctoral students and postdocs). Participation is open to all disciplines of Ancient Studies (i.e. building archaeology, anthropology, religious studies, ancient history, archaeology, and philology).

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 23-24/02/2017


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Vincenzo Capozzoli (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne); Annarita Doronzio (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale); Constanze Graml (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)


INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Gratis /free/gratuito. Deadline: 10/02/2017

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- 8.45 - 9.15: Registration

- 9.15 - 9.30: R. M. Schneider (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Welcome

- 9.30 - 9.45: Welcome Address of the Organisers

Session 1: Burial Customs

- 9.45 - 10.15: Keynote Speaker - A.-M. D’Onofrio (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale), From Burials to Society: an Archaeological Approach to the Rise of the Athenian Aristocracy

- 10.15 - 10.45: M. Kontopanagou (Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens, Ministry of Culture and Sports), The Submycenaean and Protogeometric Cemetery on 2 Herodou Attikou Street, Athens, Greece: Remarks on the Spatial Distribution of the Athenian Cemeteries and Burial Customs at the Transition from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age

- 10.45 - 11.15: J. Wilde (Universität zu Köln), Ladies Returned. Zu zyprisch inspirierten Gefäßformen im früheisenzeitlichen Gefäßrepertoire Attikas

Coffee break (15 minutes)

- 11.30 - 12.00: S. Dalsoglio (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale), From Amphorae to Cauldrons: Urns at Athens in the Early Iron Age and in the Orientalizing Period

- 12.00 - 12.30: A. Doronzio (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale), A Fresh Look at the Kerameikos Necropolis: Social Complexity and Funerary Variability in 7th Century B.C. Athens

- 12.30 - 13.00: Discussion of the first session

13.00 - 14.30: Lunch

Session 2: Settlement and Architecture

- 14.30 - 15.00: Keynote Speaker - E. Sioumpara (Greek Ministry of Culture, Service for the Restoration of the

Acropolis Monuments), Die erste Monumentalisierung der Akropolis im 6. Jh. v. Chr. als die materielle Manifestation der neuen Polis von Athen

- 15.00 - 15.30: V. Capozzoli (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Looking for the Necropolis of Athens in the 6th Century B.C.: New Remarks on the Preclassical City

- 15.30 - 16.00: M. Litsa (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Thucydides II.15 on Primitive Athens: a New Interpretation

Coffee break (15 minutes)

- 16.15 -16.45: A. Alexandridou (F.R.S.-FNRS CReA, Université libre de Bruxelles), M. Chountasi (Independent Researcher), Rethinking Early Iron Age Athens: New Finds from the Area of the Academy of Plato

- 16.45 - 17.15: I. Kaoura (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Between Tradition and Innovation: The Late Archaic Telesterion at Eleusis Reconsidered

- 17.15 - 17.45: Discussion of the second session

19.00: Evening Lecture S. Chrysoulaki (Ephor, Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus,

Western Attica, and the Islands), Phaleron Delta – The Archaic Necropolis at the Southern Edge of the City

Followed by a reception in the Griechensaal


Session 3: Religion

- 9.30 - 10.00: Keynote Speaker - F. de Polignac (École Pratique des Hautes Études), Archaïque et archaïsant. Quelques questions à propos de la représentation du paysage religieux attique

- 10.00 - 10.30: C. Graml (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Artemis in Athens

- 10.30 - 11.00: D. Chatzivasiliou (École Pratique des Hautes Études), Apollon in Athens

Coffee break (15 minutes)

- 11.15 -11.45: G. Gavalas (Independent Researcher), V. Georgaka (Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens), M. Dourou (Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens), Humble Votives and Folk Religion in Archaic Athens: Terracotta Figurines and Textile Tools from Sanctuaries on the Acropolis and Its Surroundings

- 11.45 - 12.15: S. Theodoraki (University of Alcalá, Madrid), The Genos of Salaminioi and the Cult of Heracles-God

- 12.15 - 12.45: Discussion of the third session

13.00 - 14.30: Lunch

Session 4: Politic and Society

- 14.30 - 15.00: Keynote Speaker - A. Duplouy (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), The Making of the Greek City: an Athenian Case Study

- 15.00 - 15.30: C. Horst (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Die archaische Agora von Athen im Kontext politischer Versammlungsplätze in der griechischen und altorientalischen Welt

- 15.30 - 16.00: A. Bartzoka (Université Paris 4 Paris-Sorbonne, UMR 8167), Être héliaste au VIe siècle? Quelques remarques sur les lieux de rassemblement dans l’Athènes archaïque

- 16.00- 16.30: M. Verčík (Charles University, Prague), Marathon ohne Phalanx? – Griechische Kriegsführung und die Entstehung der Polis aus der Sicht der Archäologie

Coffee break (15 minutes)

- 16.45 - 17.15: V. Mussa (Université Paris 4 Paris-Sorbonne), Autour du collège des trésoriers d’Athéna sur l’Acropole à l’époque archaïque

- 17.15 - 17.45: M. Valente (Università degli Studi di Torino), Archaic Athens and Tyranny: the Origins of the Athenian Public Finances

- 17.45 - 18.15: S. Gallotta (Università degli Studi della Basilicata), Alcune osservazioni sugli Sciti ad Atene in età arcaica

- 18.15: Discussion of the fourth session and concluding remarks

19.00: Dinner for speakers

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