[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies workshop: April 5, 2013

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Wed Mar 27 11:19:47 PDT 2013


Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies


Epigraphy in Nineteenth Century Greece:
Institutional and Ideological Aspects
Nikolaos Papazarkadas
np4 at princeton.edu <mailto:%20%20%20%20%20%20np4 at princeton.edu%20%20%20%20%20%20>
University of California, Berkeley
Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow, Hellenic Studies

Respondent: Angelos Chaniotis, Institute for Advanced Study
As a result of a proliferation of contemporary epigraphical publications, there has recently been a series of some fine studies on the transformation of historical knowledge in the nineteenth century. These studies, however, tend to examine the end-product of this process, primarily from a Western European perspective. Yet most of the groundwork was laid out in the "Classical" lands, with local intellectuals and scholars playing a prominent role. In my paper, I will look at the emergence of Epigraphy as a sub-field of Classical Studies in nineteenth century Greece. Following the War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire, the small Kingdom of Greece emerged in the early 1830s both a weak entity-more a protectorate than a really independent state-and a quasi-legitimate heir of the Grecian side of Greco-Roman antiquity. Almost immediately, the Modern Greek ethnic identity was challenged within and outside the country: in that climate of ideological conflicts, ancient Greek inscriptions were understandably considered to be of the utter importance since they appeared to show the linguistic continuation of the Greek nation. It is in this context that the workshop will explore aspects of the organization of epigraphical knowledge in the nineteenth century.

Nikolaos Papazarkadas (D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2004) is an Associate Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in Greek epigraphy and has published extensively on inscriptions from Athens, Boeotia, and the Cyclades. He is now one of the four senior editors of the Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum. His book Sacred and Public Land in Ancient Athens came out in 2011 (Oxford University Press). He has also co-edited three volumes: Interpreting the Athenian Empire, London: Duckworth 2009 (with J. Ma and R. Parker); ATTIKA EPIGRAPHIKA: Studies in Honour of Christian Habicht, Athens: Greek Epigraphic Society 2009 (with A. A. Themos); and Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-Classical Polis: 4th Century B.C. - 2nd Century A.D., Oxford: Oxdord University Press 2013 (with P. Martzavou). While at Princeton, he is working on Boeotian epigraphy, finishing, amongst others, the publication of the proceedings of the international Boeotian Epigraphy Sumposium that he organized at Berkeley in September 2011.

Friday, April 5, 2013
1:30 p.m.
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

The HELLENIC STUDIES WORKSHOP provides an opportunity for post-doctoral fellows, visiting fellows, and graduate students to present their work-in-progress or recently published research. The aim is to encourage exchange of ideas across disciplines among Classical scholars, Byzantinists, and Modern Greek Studies specialists.

DATES:  Most Fridays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., during the term. Dates, speakers and titles will be announced in advance via e-mail.

PLACE:  Room 103, Scheide Caldwell House, Princeton University

For further information about current events in Hellenic Studies, please refer to the calendar posted on our website: http://www.princeton.edu/~hellenic/

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