Send your Call or Congress to

Shedding light on the matter. Ideascapes and Material Worlds in the Land of Thales -  22-23/03/2018,


This workshop aims to create a new approach to the origins of the earliest Greek scientific thought in light of the material and archaeological contexts of archaic Ionia. Through participation in cross-disciplinary dialogue, we shall consider how it is possible to identify correlation between the natural and spatial characteristics of archaeological evidence and ancient textual discourse. Our objective, therefore, is to explore the ‘ideascapes’ and ‘material worlds’ which inhabited the archaic plain, and to uncover the relationship between these two concepts, which fundamentally drove the ‘Ionian Enlightenment’ in synergy.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 22-23/03/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England)


INFO: web -


Se ruega enviar un email a /please contact /sono pregati di inviare una e-mail a


Thursday 22nd March 2:00pm Introduction and welcome Michael Loy and Anja Slawisch SESSION 1 - Chair: Anja Slawisch 2:10pm Cultural Preconditions of Ionian Self-Enlightment Katarina Nebelin 2:50pm Political philosophers, not political-philosophers. The early Milesian Philosophers: An

archaeology of reception John Brendan Knight 3:30pm Coffee SESSION 2 - Chair: Michael Loy 3:50pm DEBATE: The birth of Ionian collective identity Naoíse Mac Sweeney and Olivier Mariaud 5:15pm Drinks reception Museum of Classical Archaeology Friday 23rd March SESSION 3 - Chair: Martin Millett 9:00am Geoarchaeology Meets Philosophy in Miletos: The Possible Impact of Nature and Environment on Thales and Anaximander Alexander Herda and Helmut Brückner 9:40am Polykmetos kai polytimos: metallurgical knowledge in archaic Ionia Marek Verčík 10:20am Coffee SESSION 4 - Chair: Gunnar Seelengtag 10:40am Alignments of Greek temples and the full moon: an astronomical perspective on the openings in the gable of the Artemision in Magnesia Sara Wanek 11:20am From Croesus to Cyrus: Ionian social and cultural environment in the mid-sixth century R. Gül Gürtekin Demir and Özlem Şimşek Özer 12:00pm General discussion 12:30pm Lunch SESSION 5 - Chair: Alan Greaves 1:30pm Cults and religion in northern Ionia from Homer and Hesiod to Xenophanes of Colophon: An archaeological and textual reconstruction Ergün Lafli 2:10pm Reckoning with the gods: changing patterns of votive deposition in Ionian sanctuaries

(7th/6th – 5th/4th c. BCE) Anja Slawisch and Michael Loy 2:50pm Coffee SESSION 6 - Chair: Robin Osborne 3:10pm Being human – or slightly beyond? Vera Sichelschmidt 3:50pm Motion as principle Robert Müller 4:30pm Final discussion 5:00pm Close

Extended abstracts for each workshop paper can be found online at:

categorías / tags / categorie

Fasti Congressuum is licensed under a Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-CompartirIgual 4.0 Internacional License
© 2014 by Fasti Congressuum. Proudly created by M. Cristina de la Escosura