CONF: Rethinking the Gods

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Rethinking the Gods:
Post-Classical approaches to sacred space

An International Conference to be held at Oxford, 21-23 September 2010.

How and why did sacred space change? This conference aims at exploring the
sanctuaries of Greece in the tumultuous period between 300 BCE and 100 CE,
with the aim of understanding changes in ritual practices, religious
meanings and architectural forms. This period in Greece is characterized by
the creation of kingdoms and federations, by the strengthening of the Roman
presence, and is full of cultural, technological and artistic innovations.
Sanctuaries change: new gods are introduced, traditional gods acquire new
characteristics, and this is reflected in the rituals, dedications and the
way that these are codified in space. Since these phenomena cannot be
understood without taking into account contemporary developments in other
parts of the Roman world, the sanctuaries of Hellenistic Italy will be given
a special focus.

Sanctuaries are at the heart of the Greek and Roman world, and their
importance can be examined at different levels: religious, cultural,
political, historical. Our speakers will explore the following themes: (a)
transformation of religious buildings and spaces, with the creation of new
models; (b) transformation of the votive landscape; (c) religious contacts
between Greece and Rome and their expression in material culture.

The aim of the conference is to open up new perspectives on the archaeology
of the Greek world in a period not frequently studied, and to offer new
insights to students and scholars alike.

Luigi Caliò, The development of the urban sanctuaries in Camiros in
Hellenistic times
Annelies Cazemier, The Language of Roman Dedications in Hellenistic Greece
Lorenzo Campagna, Tauromenion: the Hellenistic sacred area near the church
of Santa Caterina and its transformations during the Roman Imperial age.
Alessandro Celani, Sculptural Styles, Myths and Narrations. A male head from
Alessandro D’Alessio, Spaces, Functions and Landscape in the Italic
Late-Republican Sanctuaries. Notes for a Systemic Approach to the Language
of a Great Architecture
Björn Forsén, Agia Paraskevi of Arachamitai – some thoughts concerning a
new Hellenistic sanctuary in Arcadia
Marco Galli, TBA
Ioannes Graekos, Between country and city: The cult of the Mother of the
Gods and the politics of space in Ancient Macedonia
Betta Interdonato, Architecture and rituals in the Hellenistic Age: the case
of the Asklepieon in Kos
Maria Kantirea, Reshaping the sacred landscape through benefaction: the
sanctuary of Lycosoura in the Peloponnese (Hellenistic/ Roman)
Sofia Kravaritou, Sacred space and the Politics of Multiculturalism in
Demetrias (Thessaly)
Yves Lafond, L’identité religieuse des cités de Grèce égéenne à l’époque de
Trajan. Le témoignage des inscriptions.
Annalisa Lo Monaco, Travels and Knowledge: The Romans and the sanctuaries of
Ioannis Mylonopoulos, TBA
Maria-Foteini Papakonstantinou, The restructuring of the Asklepieion of Ag.
Konstantinos in Phthiotis in late Classical period.
Elena Partida, Successive forces in the sanctuary of Delphi: The Aetolian,
Pergamene and Roman input to religious architecture and the evolution of
votive landscape
Jessica Piccinini, Renaissance or decline? the Oracle of Dododna in the
Hellenistic and early Roman Period
Petros Themelis, The Temple of Messana in the agora of Messene


Contacts: milena.melfi AT , olympia.bobou AT

Sponsored by: The John Fell OUP Research Fund at the University of Oxford;
the Craven Committee, Faculty of Classics, The Leventis Foundation, the
Classical Association, the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

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