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Nathalie Soursos

Date: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 -
18:00 to 19:00
Location: 
Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut, Leoforos Alexandras 26
Event Description: 

Dr. Nathalie Soursos (University of Vienna, Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies), "Powerful elites and their foundations. The creation of modern Athens in the 19th century"

Foundations have a long tradition in Greek Orthodox society. With the establishment of the Modern
Greek state in 1830, pre-national foundations were incorporated into the state’s legal and political
system, while new foundations were formed. Especially in Athens, large numbers of private investors
sponsored major institutions. The strength of the »national benefactors« (»εθνικοί ευεργέτες«) enabled
the young and financially weak state to create its educational, cultural, and welfare system, while it also
led to the Greek state’s dependency on private capitals, a probable cause of its institutional weakness
until today. The lecture will provide an exemplary insight into the reasons for the establishment of
foundations, the benefactors’ motivations, and their influence on the state. It will be based on published
and unedited sources covering the period between 1830 and the end of 19th century.

 

Andrea Massimo Cuomo

Date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 -
18:00 to 19:00
Location: 
Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut, Leoforos Alexandras 26
Event Description: 

Dr. Andrea Massimo Cuomo (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Medieval Research (IMAFO)), "Learning Greek in Constantinople, 1290s–1360s. The Evidence of the Moschopulean Manuscripts in Athens"

For the past three decades, historical sociolinguistics has come to profile itself as an exciting new field of
study. Researchers working in this paradigm attempt to describe language use as a social phenomenon,
investigating dialectical relationships between language and society. Contemporary sociolinguistic
insights form the basis for these descriptions, but given the complexity of the subject, a interdisciplinary
approach has been in the making, combining insights from corpus linguistics, historical linguistics,
philology, and semiotics.
By presenting case studies, taken from late Byzantine grammars preserved in the libraries of Athens,
this talk will focus on the value of then-current language descriptions: They help us to retrieve the
original users’ linguistic and cultural competencies, leading to a new poetics, a speech-communityoriented
understanding of Medieval Greek texts.

William St Clair

Date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 -
19:00 to 20:00
Location: 
British School at Athens, Ioanni Patera 53
Event Description: 

William St Clair (University of London), “Who saved the Parthenon?”

William St Clair's talk previews part of his forthcoming book due to be published later this year.

Making use of manuscripts mostly hitherto unknown, including intercepted letters, reports of secret negotiations, and correspondence with Ottoman commanders and the Sultan, he discusses how and why the Parthenon unexpectedly survived, almost unscathed, from the Greek Revolution of 1821-1833. The discoveries require existing histories to be drastically revised.

Who saved the Parthenon will be published as Open Access, free to read online and inexpensive to buy as a printed book. It is an example of the rapidly expanding new way of making the results of research available to audiences world-wide. Those attending the lecture will be offered the opportunity of signing up for a free pdf to be sent to them when the book is published.

William St Clair is the author of Lord Elgin and the Marbles and other works. Senior Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, he is also chairman of Open Book Publishers, the leading publisher of open access monographs.

Alexander Sokolicek

Date: 
Monday, June 25, 2018 -
18:00 to 19:00
Location: 
Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut, Leoforos Alexandras 26
Event Description: 

Dr. Alexander Sokolicek (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austrian Archaeological Institute), "Archaic city walls – Does size matter?"

The construction of a fortification belongs to the most laborious enterprises of a settlement, but
the nature of fortifications varies widely. Walls, loosely flung around the urban areas of cities like
Selinunte, Corinth, or Velia in South Italy contrast small hilltop fortifications like in Aigeira, the
Peloponnesus and other Archaic settlements. Does size matter and what does size tell us about
function and significance of a settlement? The presentation tries to re-evaluate the concept of
»fortification« in relation to the nature and history of the protected settlement.

A. Rumolo

Date: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 -
18:00 to 19:00
Location: 
Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut, Leoforos Alexandras 26
Event Description: 

A. Rumolo „Dietary and mobility reconstruction using stable isotope analyses for Mycenaen Greece: The case of Portes“

Myrto Georgakopoulou

Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 -
19:00 to 20:00
Location: 
ΤHE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY AT ATHENS, PANEPISTIMIOU 22
Event Description: 

Myrto Georgakopoulou (Lecturer at University College London (UCL) Qatar), "Production and Circulation of Metals in the Early Cycladic Period: New Evidence from Kavos Dhaskalio and the Western Cyclades"

L. Diers

Date: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 -
18:00 to 19:00
Location: 
Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut, Leoforos Alexandras 26
Event Description: 

L. Diers „Urbanity and urbanisation in the Roman province of Moesia – settlement, regionalisation, and centrality along the Danube Limes and its hinterland during the 1st-3rd centuries AD“

L. Burkhardt

Date: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 -
18:00 to 19:00
Location: 
Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut, Leoforos Alexandras 26
Event Description: 

L. Burkhardt „Ada Tepe – a gold mine for the Mycenaeans? Cultural interrelations between the Balkans and Greece in the 2nd mill. BC“

M. Zavadil

Date: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 -
18:00 to 19:00
Location: 
Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut, Leoforos Alexandras 26
Event Description: 

M. Zavadil

Symposium zur OEAI Lecture Series Archaic Mediterranean

Date: 
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, November 23, 2018 - 19:00
Location: 
Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut, Leoforos Alexandras 26
Event Description: 

Symposium zur OEAI Lecture Series Archaic Mediterranean

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