Dr Estelle Strazdins (University of Queensland)
The Plain of Marathon is a storied landscape impossible to traverse without imagining the ghosts of Miltiades and Callimachus and without searching for physical signs of Athens’ famous victory. This was certainly the case for early European travellers to Greece as they tried to make sense of the battlefield, armed with their classical educations and copies of Pausanias and Herodotus. This lecture will explore their responses to features of the plain, especially the Soros (the Mound). I will focus on their untangling of archaeology, legend, expectation, and imagination in their efforts to identify the Tomb of the Athenians or, as the Greek Minister for Education called it in 1836, ‘the most ancient monument of Greek glory’. This examination will also take in the nearby sanctuary of Nemesis at Rhamnous and the connections made by early travellers between this goddess, Pausanias’ description of her cult statue, and the flint arrowheads they identified in the soil of the Soros.
Wednesday 16 June, 2021
6:30pm Sydney AEST
Online, via Zoom
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Dr Estelle Strazdins is a lecturer in Greek History at UQ. Her research focuses on Greek Literature and Culture in the Roman Empire, and on the Cultural History of Greece and its Reception. Before commencing at UQ, she was a Research Associate and Assistant Editor for the Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World project based in the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge and funded by the Leventis Foundation.
Her first book, Fashioning the Future in Roman Greece: Memory, Monuments, Texts, is forthcoming with OUP. She was a fellow of the AAIA in 2009-2010 and in 2018, and has held several postdoctoral fellowships in Greece from the Onassis Foundation, Australian Endeavour Awards, and the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY).