Trinity College Dublin: ‘Beyond Athenocentrism: Greek Cities’ Responses to Athenian Institutional and Judicial Legacy in the so-called ‘Hellenistic Polis Convergence”

We are pleased to invite you to the International Conference “Beyond Athenocentrism: Greek Cities’ Responses to Athenian Institutional and Judicial Legacy in the so-called ‘Hellenistic Polis Convergence’”, which is hosted by Trinity College Dublin. The event will take place via Zoom on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15th-16th, 1:00 pm–6:30 pm (GMT). The programme is as follows:


15th June 2021 

13:00–13:10 GMT    Welcome address

Chair: A. Erskine (University of Edinburgh)

13:10–13:50          M. Mari (Università di Bari): Democratic institutions in the  Hellenistic cities and the Athenian model: recent studies and debated issues

13:50–14:30          N. Luraghi (University of Oxford): Writing the history of Hellenistic Athens

14:30–14:50           Break

Chair: P. Paschidis (National Hellenic Research Foundation) 

14:50–15:30          D. Amendola (Trinity College Dublin): Athens’ contribution to the Hellenistic institutional koine: Some Further Considerations

15:30–16:10          L. Rubinstein (Royal Holloway, University of London): Law-enforcement in the Hellenistic cities: Athenian influence, local practice or Pan-hellenic tradition? The process of praxis as a test case

16:10–16:50           A. S. Chankowski (Université de Poitiers / HeRMA EA 3811): La diffusion des institutions éducatives dans le monde hellénistique: influence du modèle athénien?

16:50–17:10           Break

Chair: C. Constantakopoulou (Birkbeck, University of London)

17:10–17:50          M. Canevaro (University of Edinburgh)Psephophoria, honours and naturalisation around the Aegean: a case of Athenian institutional influence?

17:50–18:30          J. Faguer (École française d’Athènes): Real security and property registers in the Aegean (3rd–2nd c. BCE): Between Athenian Legacy and New Archival Practices


16th June 2021

Chair: M. Cuypers (Trinity College Dublin) 

13:00–13:40          P. Ceccarelli (University College London): The long shadow of Athens? Dramatic performances in the Hellenistic city-states

13:40–14:20          A. Meeus (Universität Mannheim): Hekataios of Abdera and the Alleged Egyptian Origins of Athens and the Eleusinian Mysteries

14:20–14:40          Break

Chair: B. McGing (Trinity College Dublin)

14:40–15:20         B. Gray (Birkbeck, University of London): Fourth-century and Early Hellenistic Reconciliation and Amnesty: Reception of Athens 403 and other inspirations

15:20–16:00         M. Simonton (Arizona State University): Demagogues in Hellenistic Greece: An Athenian export?

16:00–16:40         S. Wallace (Trinity College Dublin): Royal Interaction with Athenian Institutions and Ideology in the Early Hellenistic Period

16:40–17:00          Break

Chair: N. Papazarkadas (University of California, Berkeley) 

17:00–17:40        F. Forster (Goethe Universität Frankfurt): Beyond Athens – Hellenistic ‘biographical’ decrees in praise of good citizens and their possible connections with the Athenian epigraphic habit

17:40–18:20        C. Müller & J. Buffet (Université Paris Nanterre)Les affaires de Madame Nikareta: a sui generis model for financial, legal, and institutional practices in the Hellenistic Boeotian Confederacy?

18:20–18:40          Closing remarks


The conference is open and free, but booking for attending the event is essential. We kindly ask all those interested to contact the organisers, Davide Amendola ([email protected]) and Shane Wallace ([email protected]). A Zoom link will be circulated to registered attendees prior to the event.


For further information, please contact either or both of the organisers.