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Cityscapes of Hellenistic Sicily: A Reassessment - 15-16-17-18/06/2017, Berlin (Germany)

For a long time, research on urban culture in Hellenistic Sicily has produced historical reconstructions predominantly based on literary sources. This methodological approach has created a “Renaissance-Decadence” interpretative paradigm, still dominant in scholarly literature: a flourishing urban revival between the reigns of Timoleon and Hieron, dating around the end of the 4th and the 3rd century BC, followed by a progressive decline after the Roman conquest of Syracuse in 212/1 BC and a concomitant provincialization of the entire island. Recent research has challenged these conclusions and provoked a drastic change in methodologies and perspectives, showing that monumentalization of many cities occurred only from the 2nd c BC onwards, and that a considerable vitality of civic life is attested and documented in this period. Instead of a general decline under Roman rule, Sicily provides a highly differentiated picture of change as well as shifting traditions, concepts, mentalities, and perceptions.

The main aim of this two-day conference is to foster a dialogue between scholars currently working on the cityscapes of Hellenistic Sicily from different perspectives. The conference includes four sessions that explore different disciplinary approaches to a reassessment of cityscaping: history and urban spaces (I), epigraphy and urban spaces (II), literature and urban spaces (III), and archaeology and urban spaces (IV). The outcome is to offer shared perspectives to research about urban space and culture in Sicily during the Hellenistic period, setting the stage for future investigations and overviews.

FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 15-16-17-18/06/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Topoi Building Dahlem (Berlin, Deutschland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Gianfranco Adornato ; Katrin Siebel ; Monika Trümper

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14:00 - 14:15 Eröffnung / Welcome

14:15 - 15:00 Profili linguistici e culturali di città ellenistiche siciliane a confronto: verso l'uniformizzazione. Giovanni Salmeri

15:00 - 15:45 Segesta dal III secolo a.C. all'età augustea nel quadro della storia della Sicilia occidentale. Carmine Ampolo

15:45 - 16:30 City plans and civic institutions: the example of Morgantina. Malcom Bell

16:30 - 17:00 Pause / Interval

17:00 - 17:45 From σιτώνιον to officina: the monumental granaries of Morgantina and the changing urban landscape of Hellenistic Sicily. Alex Walthall

17:45 - 18:30 The making of the Hellenistic city in Sicily. Some reflections from the case-study of Tauromenion. Lorenzo Campagna

18:30 - 19:15 Il contributo degli scavi del teatro di Agrigento per una rilettura degli edifici teatrali della Sicilia Ellenistica. Luigi Maria Caliò, Valentina Caminneci, Maria Concetta Parello, Maria Serena Rizzo

19:15 - 20:00 Empfang / Reception


09:00 - 09:45

Solunto ellenistica tra Punici e Romani: problemi, equivoci e riletture. Caterina Greco

09:45 - 10:15 The development of the “Piccole Terme” at Solunto: a reassessment of design, function and chronology. Rosa Torre

10:15 - 11:00. Megara Hyblaia. Henri Tréziny – Université de Provence

11:00 - 11:30 Pause / Interval

11:30 - 12:15 Housing at Megara Hyblaia in the late Hellenistic period. Evolutions and new features. Frédéric Mège

12:15 - 13:00 Iaitas / Ietas in età ellenistico-romana. Nuove prospettive di ricerca. Christoph Reusser

13:00 - 14:00 Mittagspause / Lunch

14:00 - 14:45 The Ship of city. The Syrakosia as allegory of Hieronian Syracuse. Dario Barberra

14:45 - 15:30 Cityscaping and Asklepieia at Akragas: space, texts, monuments and art. Gianfranco Adornato – Classe di Scienze Umane, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italia

15:30 - 16:15 The display of statues in Hellenistic Sicily. Rebecca Henzel – Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Freie Universität Berlin

16:15 - 16:45 Pause / Interval

16:45 - 17:30 La scultura ellenistica in Sicilia: l’evidenza delle città della costa settentrionale. Elisa Portale

17:30 - 18:15 Hellenistic wall-decorations in Sicily. Thomas Lappi

18:15 - 20:00 Abendessen / Dinner


09:00 - 09:45 Funerary architecture in Hellenistic Sicily. Miriam Knechtel

09:45 - 10:30 Greek epigraphy and honorary practice in the Hellenistic and Roman Sicily. Alessia Dimartino

10:30 - 11:00 Pause / Interval

11:00 - 11:45 Epigraphy in the cityscapes of Hellenistic Sicily. Jonathan Prag – University of Oxford, UK

11:45 - 12:30 Financial information and public spaces. Filippo Battistoni

12:30 - 13:30 Mittagspause / Lunch

13:30 - 14:15 The prytaneion in Hellenistic Sicily. Josefine Buchhorn – Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Freie Universität Berlin

14:15 - 15:00 On warriors and wreaths, and on gods and heroes: Coinage and administration in Rome's first province. Suzanne Frey-Kupper

15:00 - 15:45 Sistemi idraulici nella Sicilia Ellenistica. Gianluca Furcas

15:45 - 16:15 Pause / Interval

16:15 - 16:45 Local response to Hellenistic urbanism in Western Sicily: Comparing the cityscapes of Cossyra (Pantelleria) and Solunto. Frerich Schoen

16:45 - 17:30 Athletics and bathing in Hellenistic Sicily. Monika Trümper – Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Freie Universität Berlin

17:30 - 18:15 Disentangling Hieronian architecture in Hellenistic Sicily. Anna-Lena Krüger

18:15 - 20:00 Abendessen / Dinner


09:00 - 09:45 Città, casa, cozzo. Analisi dei concetti urbanistici nell'entroterra della Sicilia occidentale durante l'eparchia punica. Christian Russenberger

09:45 - 10:30 Die Architektur städtischer Räume und Heiligtümer im hellenistischen Sizilien. Markus Wolf

10:30 - 11:00 Pause / Interval

11:00 - 11:45 Landschaften ohne urbanes Zentrum im hellenistischen Sizilien. Johannes Bergemann

11:45 - 12:30 Griechische kulturelle Einflüsse auf den Städten Westsiziliens in punischer und römischer Zeit. Salvatore De Vincenzo – Dipartimento di Scienze dei Beni Culturali, Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy

12:30 - 13:00 Abschlussdiskussion / Final discussion

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