For a long time, research on urban culture in Hellenistic Sicily has produced historical reconstructions predominantly based on literary sources. This methodological approach has created a “Renaissance-Decadence” interpretative paradigm, still dominant in scholarly literature: a flourishing urban revival between the reigns of Timoleon and Hieron, dating around the end of the 4th and the 3rd century BC, followed by a progressive decline after the Roman conquest of Syracuse in 212/1 BC and a concomitant provincialization of the entire island. Recent research has challenged these conclusions and provoked a drastic change in methodologies and perspectives, showing that monumentalization of many cities occurred only from the 2nd c BC onwards, and that a considerable vitality of civic life is attested and documented in this period. Instead of a general decline under Roman rule, Sicily provides a highly differentiated picture of change as well as shifting traditions, concepts, mentalities, and perceptions.

The main aim of this two-day conference is to foster a dialogue between scholars currently working on the cityscapes of Hellenistic Sicily from different perspectives. The conference includes four sessions that explore different disciplinary approaches to a reassessment of cityscaping: history and urban spaces (I), epigraphy and urban spaces (II), literature and urban spaces (III), and archaeology and urban spaces (IV). The outcome is to offer shared perspectives to research about urban space and culture in Sicily during the Hellenistic period, setting the stage for future investigations and overviews.

Program

15.6.2017
14:00 - 14:15
Eröffnung / Welcome
14:15 - 15:00
Profili linguistici e culturali di città ellenistiche siciliane a confronto: verso l'uniformizzazione
Giovanni Salmeri Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy
15:00 - 15:45
Carmine Ampolo Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy
15:45 - 16:30
Malcom BellUniversity of Virginia, USA
16:30 - 17:00
Pause / Interval
17:00 - 17:45
Alex WalthallThe University of Texas at Austin, USA
17:45 - 18:30
Lorenzo CampagnaUniversità degli Studi di Messina, Italy
18:30 - 19:15
Christoph ReusserUniversität Zürich, Switzerland
19:15 - 20:00
Empfang / Reception
16.6.2017
09:00 - 09:45
Caterina GrecoCentro Regionale per l’inventario, la catalogazione e la documentazione, Italy
09:45 - 10:15
Rosa TorreUniversità degli Studi di Messina, Italy
10:15 - 11:00
Megara Hyblaea
Henri TrézinyAix-Marseille Université, France
11:00 - 11:30
Pause / Interval
11:30 - 12:15
Frédéric MègeAix-Marseille Université, France
12:15 - 13:00
Luigi Maria CaliòUniversità degli Studi di Catania, Italy
Maria Concetta ParelloParco Archeologico e Paesaggistico Valle dei Templi di Agrigento, Italy
13:00 - 14:00
Mittagspause / Lunch
14:00 - 14:45
Dario BarberraIstituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Italy
14:45 - 15:30
Gianfranco AdornatoScuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy
15:30 - 16:15
Rebecca HenzelFreie Universität Berlin
16:15 - 16:45
Pause / Interval
16:45 - 17:30
Elisa PortaleUniversità degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
17:30 - 18:15
Thomas LappiFreie Universität Berlin
18:15 - 20:00
Abendessen / Dinner
17.6.2017
09:00 - 09:45
Miriam KnechtelTechnische Universität München, Germany
09:45 - 10:30
Alessia Dimartino
10:30 - 11:00
Pause / Interval
11:00 - 11:45
Jonathan PragUniversity of Oxford, UK
11:45 - 12:30
Filippo BattistoniDAI, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, München
12:30 - 13:30
Mittagspause / Lunch
13:30 - 14:15
Josefine BuchhornFreie Universität Berlin
14:15 - 15:00
Suzanne Frey-KupperUniversity of Warwick, United Kingdom
15:00 - 15:45
Gianluca FurcasParco Archeologico e Paesaggistico Valle dei Templi di Agrigento, Italy
15:45 - 16:15
Pause / Interval
16:15 - 16:45
Frerich SchoenEberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
16:45 - 17:30
Monika TrümperFreie Universität Berlin
17:30 - 18:15
Anna-Lena KrügerEberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
18:15 - 20:00
Abendessen / Dinner
18.6.2017
09:00 - 09:45
Christian RussenbergerUniversität Basel, Switzerland
09:45 - 10:30
Markus WolfDeutsches Archäologisches Institut
10:30 - 11:00
Pause / Interval
11:00 - 11:45
Johannes BergemannGeorg-August-Universität Göttingen
11:45 - 12:30
Salvatore De VincenzoUniversità degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
12:30 - 13:00
Abschlussdiskussion / Final discussion