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European Network for the History of Ancient Greece


In the past twenty years, scholarship on the history and culture of ancient Greece has changed profoundly. The impact of archeology is transforming the historical views of the archaic and classical era. The written material itself, both literary and epigraphical, is being reassessed in the light of recent theories, including those on orality and literacy. The contacts between Greece and the Near East, and with the mediterranean west and north are reconsidered as having played a formative role in historical developments. Patterns of social life and the interaction between religion and society are reinterpreted from the perspective of comparative anthropology. The application of social and political theory to ancient material changes the understanding of legal and political life.

The fascinating and challenging results of these changes affect the views of scholars in different ways, conditioned among other things by country, language, discipline and institutional affiliation. Moreover, the enormous increase in the number of publications, both to be read and to be made, makes it difficult to keep in touch with all the developments that seem to be most promising for one's field.

The European Network for the History of Ancient Greece intends to meet these challenges by bringing scholars and scholarship from different areas together.

The Network operates on the basis of the following principles:

  • the network is run by a core-group of 17 members
  • the network is based on personal contact between colleagues and run over internet
  • the core-group meets once a year and invites others to join for specific topics
  • the core-group draws up an agenda of themes to be discussed and invites colleagues for meetings
  • the meetings are devoted to the exchange of work-in-progress without any obligation to publish results, unless the wish to publish is agreed on
  • the network maintains a website for the exchange of information; likewise, in case of publishing, internet publication is considered seriously
  • meetings take place by rotation in different cities/countries
  • the core-group is based in Europe, but colleagues from other countries are welcome at sessions
  • network meetings are to be supported financially by participating institutions/ universities, the European Science Foundation and similar institutions.

Executive Committee of the Network coregroup:

Members of the Network coregroup:

  • Kostas Buraselis (Athens)
  • Lin Foxhall (Leicester)
  • Maurizio Giangiulio (Trento)
  • Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp (Cologne)
  • André Lardinois (Nijmegen)
  • François Lissarague (Paris)
  • Nino Luraghi (Harvard)
  • Irad Malkin (Tel Aviv)
  • Robin Osborne (Cambridge)
  • Robert Parker (Oxford)
  • Kurt Raaflaub (Brown)
  • Pauline Schmitt-Pantel (Paris)
  • Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp (Münster)
  • Marek Wecowski (Warsaw)

For information on the Network, please contact one of the members of the Executive Committee

Network meetings:

2001 opening session: Utrecht, Netherlands, April 20-22
supported by the University of Utrecht

2002 session: Launde Abbey., East Norton, Leics., UK, Dec.12-15
Archaic Greek Culture: the Archaeological and Historical Context of the First Writing in Europe supported by the ESF, Strassburg.

2003 session: Soeterbeeck, Netherlands, Dec. 11-15
Solon: New Historical and Philological Perspectives supported by NWO, KNAW, Univ. Utrecht, Nijmegen

2004 session: St. Ulrich near Freiburg i. Breisgau, April 21 - 23 (click here to see some pictures)

2005 session: Brown University, Providence (RI) USA, April 15-17

2006 session: Freiburg i. Breisgau: Conference Intentional History

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