March Lecture!

New Approaches to Old Data:
The Emergence of Civic Cult on the Athenian Acropolis
By Trevor Van Damme

Tuesday, March 19, 7:30
Cornett B111 (new room!), UVic Campus, Victoria

This talk examines the transformation of the Athenian Acropolis from a Mycenaean citadel to the focus of civic cult in ancient Athens. My current project integrates the study of historical sources (primarily Linear B texts and the Homeric corpus) with a stratigraphic analysis of material thrown off the Acropolis onto the North Slope, tentatively associated with the reorganization of the Athenian Acropolis around 700 BC. A detailed analysis of the ceramic finds offers new insights into both the manufacture and function of individual ceramic forms. I conclude with a new reconstruction of two major discard events documented in the deposit and how they impact our understanding of Athenian social transformations at the margins of history.

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