ONLINE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 10-11 JUNE 2021
"Attica from the Late Bronze Age to the End of the Archaic Period. The Spatial Roots of Politics and Society".
Organized by the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Italian Archaeological School at Athens.
The conference is open to all, but registration in requested at:
Thursday, 10 June 2021
10:00 — 10:15
10:15 — 10:30
Emanuele Papi, Welcome Speech
10:30 — 10:50
Nikolaos Arvanitis & Alain Duplouy
(University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne),
Session 1, Chair Eleni Andrikou
Attica from the Late Bronze Age
to the Geometric Period
10:50 — 11:20
Nikolas Papadimitriou (University of
Heidelberg), Mycenaean Attica: How Much
‘Mycenaean’ and How Much ‘Attica’?
11:20 — 11:50
Kostas Kalogeropoulos (Academy of
Athens), Separated by the Erasinos River.
The Northern and Southern Plain of
Mesogeia from the Late Bronze Age
to the Early Iron Age.
11:50 — 12:00
12:00 — 12:30
Floris van den Eijnde (University of
Utrecht), Between Polis and Ethnos.
A Networked Approach to the
Development of the Athenian Polis.
12:30 — 13:00
Maximilian Rönnberg (German Archaeological
Institute), A Wealth of Choices: Changing
Preferences and Local Particularities in
the Placement of Burials in Attica from the
Late Helladic to the Archaic Period.
13:00 — 13:30
Nikolaos Arvanitis (University Paris 1
Panthéon-Sorbonne), Big Sites in
Attica Beyond Athens. The Case of
Eleusis and Acharnai.
13:30 — 14:00
14:00 — 16:00
Session 2, Chair Anastasia Gadolou
Attica from the Geometric Period
to the Classical Period
16:00 — 16:30
Nikolaos Arvanitis, Alain Duplouy,
Anastasia Stroussopoulou (University
Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Anagyrous.
Anatomy of an Attic District.
16:30 — 17:00
James Whitley (University of Cardiff),
From Cups to Kraters: The Surfaces of
Writing in Early Attica (800—500 BCE).
17:00 — 17:10
17:10 — 17:40
Erich Kistler (University of Innsbruck),
Attic Gene between Eunomia and
Stasis. Creating an Alternative to the
17:40 — 18:10
Riccardo Di Cesare (University of Foggia
—Italian Archaeological School at Athens),
Archaic Attica and the Symbolic Construction
of Space. Landmarks, Legends, and Cults.
18:10 — 18:40
Friday, 11 June 2021
Session 3, Chair Christina Merkouri
Athens and its District before
10:30 — 11:00
Tonio Hölscher (University of Heidelberg),
The Archaic Agora of Athens. Its Location
within the Topographical System of Athens.
11:00 — 11:30
Annarita Doronzio (Martin-Luther-Universität
Halle-Wittenberg), Κατά κώμας. Athenian
Settlement Dynamics under Examination.
11:30 — 11:40
11:40 — 12:10
Vincenzo Capozzoli (University Paris 1
Panthéon-Sorbonne), The so-called Urban
Demes of Athens in the Archaic Age.
Towards an Outline of the Evidence.
12:10 — 12:40
Alexandra Alexandridou (University of
Ioannina), Regionalism within Early
Iron Age Athens: The Domestic Nucleus
at the Academy.
12:40 — 13:10
13:10 — 15:30
Session 4, Chair Stella Chrisoulaki
Methodological, Chronological and
15:30 — 16:00
Andreas Kapetanios (Ionian University),
From Space to Topos. The Archaeology of
Continuity and Change in Structuring the
16:00 — 16:30
Emeri Farinetti (Italian Archaeological
School at Athens), Beyond Attica:
Landscape Approaches in Boeotia
and the Megaris.
16:30 — 17:00
Paolo Carafa (University of Rome “La
Sapienza”), Politics, People and Landscapes.
From Attica to Ancient Latium.
17:00 — 17:20
17:20 — 17:30
Session 5, Perspectives
17:30 — 18:00
Current and New Tools on Athens and Attica,
with Nikolaos Arvanitis, Annarita Doronzio,
Alain Duplouy, Barbora Weissova.
18:00 — 19:30
Round Table with
Tonio Hölscher (University of Heidelberg),
Irene Lemos (University of Oxford),
Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge),
François de Polignac (EPHE, Paris).
All time slots are in Athens time (GMT+3)
Attica from the Late Bronze Age to the
End of the Archaic Period: The Spatial Roots
of Politics and Society
In 1964 Pierre Vidal-Naquet and Pierre
Lévêque presented a ground-breaking
approach of Athenian history in their book
Clisthène l’Athénien. Despite ancient
Athenians’ low reverence for Cleisthenes, the
two French historians made him the ‘grand
architect’ of Classical Athens, the geometer
of a new conception of civic space and time.
The subtitle of their book, translated into
English only thirty years later as part of the
commemoration of the 2500th anniversary
of the birth of democracy, clearly expressed
the close link that existed between society,
politics and space in Ancient Greece: An
Essay on the Representation of Space and
Time in Greek Political Thought from
the End of the Sixth Century to the Death
of Plato (1996). Since then, the image of
Cleisthenes has changed and his own role in
the political transformations of the late
Archaic Athenian society has been reduced,
while other interpretations of the ‘Cleisthenic’
reforms have been developed, including
the idea of a self-organising community on
the part of the Athenian demos, which might
have been part of a larger regional trend
with echoes in contemporary Eretria and
Corinth (Ismard 2010). Space nevertheless
remains an essential interpretive tool in
ancient history. This region of c. 2 550 km2
offers one of the best documented territory
of an ancient Greek city. Accordingly, this
conference considers the use of space and
network theories as potentially heuristic tools
in current archaeological and historical
research on Ancient Greece. Due to the
abundance of archaeological and textual
evidences Attica notably constitutes
a privileged heuristic observatory of social
identities expressed in distinctive spatial
contexts from the Late Bronze age to the
Classical period. However, many aspects of
pre-Classical historical processes remain
poorly understood due to the lack of a strong
link to critically assessed spatial parameters.
Among geographers, historians, social
theorists, anthropologists and philosophers,
there is a growing awareness of the
constitutive significance of place and space,
site and situation, locality and territoriality,
studied in a multiscale approach and as
nodes in a web of interactions. A spatial
approach is assumed even for those loci,
real or symbolical, retrievable in textual
narratives: they have an important symbolic
and representational salience, ultimately
anchored in a palimpsest of multi-layered
discourses which, as such, take ‘place’
as mental/narrative projections. Despite the
current flourishing of IT technologies in
archaeological practice, much of modern
scholarship remains ill at ease when it comes
to contextually visualising social patterns.
On the other hand, when studied from textual
evidence alone, political and social dynamics
do not often integrate the multidimensional
trajectories that archaeological research
can uncover. We assume that social dynamics
and historical developments can only be
studied when the dynamics of space itself are
understood in a four-dimensional perspective,
as a series of interrelated events conveying
agency. Space should be investigated as the
physical expression of cognitive schemata
that are culturally specific, contextual
and historical. In other words, the object of
the conference is to focus on the spatiality of
historical processes and networks in ancient
Attica and the interlinking scales —temporal
and spatial— within which such networks
navigate. Ultimately, the conference aims at
drawing the lines for a meaningful biography
of Attica over a long period of changes