International Conference
'Reading' Greek Religion:
Literary, Historical and Artistic Perspectives

A Conference in Memory of C. Sourvinou-Inwood

Rethymnon, Crete - 22-24 September 2012

Student Cultural Center "Xenia"
16 Sofokli Venizelou Street, Rethymnon, Crete

The year 2012 marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood. During these passing years her clear and unmistakable scholarly voice has not been silenced but thanks to the editorial work of loyal friends it has continued - and will continue - to enrich our critical reflection and debate on Greek religion with fresh material and ideas. All of her work, including that published posthumously, displays the quality that most particularly characterized Christiane: her ability to apply rigorous methodology and to combine literature, history and archaeology to interpret Greek life and culture.
As a tribute to Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood's long-lasting achievement and on-going contribution to scholarship, the Classics Division of the Department of Philology of the University of Crete will host a conference in her memory in September 2012 (22-24) which will aim to bring together scholars working in various areas who are familiar with Sourvinou-Inwood’s ideas to discuss important religious aspects of literary, visual and historical material that illuminate Greek culture.


Saturday 22 September 2012 (17:30-18:45)

Registration (17.30-18.00)

Welcome speeches

‘Reading’ and Remembering Christiane
Robert Parker
John Petropoulos
Isabelle Clark
Dionysia Makri
Coffee Break
Saturday 22 September 2012 (19.00-21.00)
Moderator: A. Nikolaides (Crete)
‘Reading’ Gods & Heroes
Robert Parker (Oxford)
Interpretatio Graeca
Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge (Liège)
In what sense does a Greek god have a personality? Back to JHS 1978
Emma Aston (Reading)
Heroes and Humans called Thessalos: a case-study of mixed motivations
— Discussion of the papers —
Sunday 23 September 2012 (09.30-15.45)
Excursion to Chania
Maria Vlazaki (General Director of Antiquities, Ministry of Culture)
Current Excavations at Kastelli hill of Chania
Sunday 23 September 2012 (17.45-21.15)
Moderator: E. Bowie (Oxford)
‘Reading’ Myths and Rituals
Sarah Iles Johnston (Ohio State University)
Narrating Myth
Renaud Gagné
Zeus Laphystios and Athamas (Herodotus 7.197)
Athena Kavoulaki (Crete)
Structuring Myths and Rituals: ‘schemata’ and others
— Discussion of the papers —
Coffee break
Ian Rutherford (Reading)
Delphi, Primeval Purification and Theoria
Fritz Graf (Ohio State University)
Myth in the Twilight Zone:
John Malalas and Roman Mythology
— Discussion of the papers —
Monday 24 September 2012 (09.00-14.00)
Moderator: A. Kavoulaki (Crete)
‘Reading’ Feasts and Songs
Peter Wilson (Sydney)
The festival of Dionysos in Ikarion: a new study of IG I3 254
— Discussion of the paper —
Lucia Athanassaki (Crete)
Choral Authority and Ritual Act in Aeschylus
Michael Anderson (Trinity College)
Religious Elements in Greek Tragedy:
Ancient Texts and Modern Adaptations
John Petropoulos (Harvard Centre for Hellenic Studies, Greece)
Sacred Time in Theocritus’ Hymn to Adonis
— Discussion of the papers —
Coffee break
‘Reading’ Monsters and Animals
Moderator: D. Hedley (Cambridge)
Nassos Papalexandrou (Austin, Texas)
Seeing Monsters in Early Greek Art
Emma Aston (Reading)
‘Reading at Close Focus’: C. Sourvinou-Inwood’s
Unpublished Remains on Girls and Animals
Monday 24 September 2012 (17.00-21.00)
Moderator: A. Kavoulaki (Crete)
‘Reading’ Religion In and Out of the Polis
Sarah Hitch (Oxford)
Even further aspects of polis religion:
models, individuals and hierarchies in the study of Greek religion
Agis Marinis (Patras)
Polis and Panhellenic Religion: the Pindaric Paradigm
— Discussion of the papers —
Coffee Break
Anastasia Serghidou (Crete)
The elusive ritual in the Histories of Herodotus
Josine Blok (Utrecht)
The priestess of Athena Nike: a new reading
Sally Humphreys (Michigan)
Something to do with gene
— Discussion of the papers —
— Closing Remarks —
— End of the conference —

Registration Procedure for Attendance

There will be no registration fee for attendance, but those who wish to attend the conference are strongly encouraged to register, so as to ensure that there will be sufficient conference material for everybody. If you wish to attend, please register electronically (submitting simply name, affiliation and email address) by September 20, 2012 (extension of registration procedure).

For further information please contact Dr. Athena Kavoulaki
(kavoulaki@phl.uoc.gr, kavoulaki@gmail.com)