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 to have 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 evidence changes our 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 Study of Ancient Greek History 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 19 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.
Steering Committee of the Network coregroup:
- Josine Blok (Utrecht)
- Hans-Joachim Gehrke (Freiburg i.B.)
- Oswyn Murray (Oxford)
Members of the Network coregroup:
- Kostas Buraselis (Athens)
- Gunnel Ekroth (Uppsala)
- Lin Foxhall (Leicester)
- Maurizio Giangiulio (Trento)
- André Lardinois (Nijmegen)
- Nino Luraghi (Oxford)
- Irad Malkin (Tel Aviv)
- Christian Mann (Mannheim)
- Christel Muller (Paris)
- Thomas Heine Nielsen (Copenhagen)
- Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge (Paris, Liège)
- François de Polignac (Paris)
- Kurt Raaflaub (Brown)
- Robert Rollinger (Innsbruck)
- Rosalind Thomas (Oxford)
- Marek Wecowski (Warsaw)
- Francois Lissarague (Paris)
- Robert Parker (Oxford)
- Pauline Schmitt-Pantel (Paris)
For information on the Network, please contact one of the members of the Steering Committee.