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Historical change in the ancient Aegean: A conference in honour of John Kenyon Davies - 13-14-15/03/

Over the course of his long career, J. K. Davies has made a substantial contribution to the study of the archaic, classical and Hellenistic periods. There are very few, if any, historians whose work has played a major role in configuring how we approach and conceive all three major periods of ancient Greek history. But Davies’ work is remarkable not only for its chronological range, but also for its thematic diversity. He has made major contributions to the study of social and economic history, institutional history, the history of politics, state-building and warfare, religious and cultural history, of epigraphy and ancient documents.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 13-14-15/03/2020

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Crete Institute for Mediterranean Studies, FORTH (Rethymno, Crete, Greece)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Katerina Panagopoulou; Kostas Vlassopoulos

INFO: web



In order to honour Davies for his contribution to the study of ancient Greek history, the University of Crete and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies are organising an international conference which builds on Davies’ work in order to explore a major aspect of ancient Greek history: the issue of historical change in its various facets. Participants will explore the various aspects of historical change (political, military, legal, institutional, social, economic, religious, identity change), the periodisations and narratives of change, and the change in the nature of our sources and how these reflect historical change. The conference will take place in Rethymno, Crete, between 13-15 March 2020. Further details, including paper abstracts, can be found at the conference's webpage:

Friday 13/3 First panel: Political and Military Change 9.30-10.30 Katerina Panagopoulou (Crete) – Kostas Vlassopoulos (Crete): Introduction 10.45-11.45 Mait Kõiv (Tartu): Political change 11.45-12.15 Coffee break 12.15-13.15 Hans van Wees (UCL): Military change Second Panel: Institutional, Legal and Identity Change 15.15-16.15 Gunnar Seelentag (Hannover): Institutional change 16.30-17.30 Edward Harris (Durham): Legal change 17.30-18.00 Coffee break 18.00-19.00 Ioannis Xydopoulos (Thessaloniki): Identities and change Saturday 14/3 Third Panel: Social, Economic and Maritime Change 9.30-10.30 Kostas Vlassopoulos (Crete): Social change 10.45-11.45 David Lewis (Edinburgh): Economic change 11.45-12.15 Coffee break 12.15-13.15 Vincent Gabrielsen (Copenhagen): Maritime change Fourth Panel: Narratives of Change 15.00-16.00 Marek Węcowski (Warsaw): The Archaic narrative 16.15-17.15 Christy Constantakopoulou (Birkbeck): The Classical narrative 17.15-17.45 Coffee break 17.45-18.45 Andrew Meadows (Oxford): The Hellenistic narrative 19.00-20.00 Nikolaos Giannakopoulos (Athens): The Roman narrative Sunday 15/3 Fifth Panel: Sources and Change 1 09.30-10.30 Paola Ceccarelli (UCL): Change in the literary sources 10.45-11.45 Veronique Chankowski (École française d'Athènes): Change in the epigraphic sources 11.45-12.15 Coffee break 12.15-13.15 Robin Osborne (Cambridge): Material culture change Sixth Panel: Sources and Change 2 15.00-16.00 Katerina Panagopoulou (Crete): Monetary change 16.15-17.15 Manuela Mari (Bari): Religious change 17.30-18.00 John K. Davies (Liverpool): Response

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