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Nemea Center Lectures and Seminars

The Spring 2017 Lecture and Seminar were a great success!
The Nemea Center extends a warm "thank you" to our esteemed guest, Dr. Dimitri Nakassis

Monday, March 20, 2017 

 "The Road Less Traveled By? History, Archaeology, and Landscape in southern Greece"

Lecture Content: At first glance, the tranquil valleys and mountain passes of the western Argolid give the appearance being of a rather isolated and unremarkable region in southern Greece. In reality, this fertile area is crisscrossed by ancient roads and dotted with ruins that testify to its importance to the major powers of Greece from Classical antiquity to the Ottoman Empire. The results of the ongoing Western Argolid Regional Project, an archaeological project co-directed by the lecturer, have demonstrated that the western Argolid was a dynamic landscape whose study sheds new light on some big questions in Greek history and archaeology.

 


                                                                  Tuesday, March 21, 2017:

  "These aren't the Mycenaeans we're looking for"

Lecture Content: The term "Mycenaean" is typically used for the Late Bronze Age societies of the Greek mainland and other parts of the Aegean basin, but we would do well to remember that our concept of these people, whoever they were, and our word for them, is ours, and it need not describe an internal reality. The term “Mycenaean” can be a useful one for historians and archaeologists, but it is also undoubtedly dangerous. We’ve grown accustomed to thinking of “the Mycenaeans” as a homogeneous palatial culture characterized by extreme hierarchy and centralization, focused on the mainland of central and southern Greece. In this paper, Dr. Nakassis argued that this picture is a significant distortion of the available evidence and he deconstructed this modern image through an analysis of the historiography of the place of the Mycenaeans in the broader sweep of Greek prehistory and history and the internal heterogeneity of this world, across time and space. Turning to the internal operation of the polity we understand best, Pylos, he then very briefly sketched a new model of Mycenaean society and economy and a new way to understand Late Bronze Age communities.

 

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