Greek Epigraphy and Religion

Papers in Memory of Sara B. Aleshire from the Second North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy


In Greek Epigraphy and Religion Emily Mackil and Nikolaos Papazarkadas bring together a series of papers first presented at a special session of the Second North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Berkeley 2016). That session was dedicated to the memory of Sara B. Aleshire, one of the leading Greek epigraphists of the twentieth century. The volume at hand includes a combination of previously unpublished inscriptions, overlooked epigraphical documents, and well known inscribed texts that are reexamined with fresh eyes and approaches. The relevant documents cover a wide geographical range, including Athens and Attica, the Peloponnese, Epirus, Thessaly, the Aegean islands, and Egypt. This collection ultimately explores the insights provided by epigraphical texts into the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Greeks, but also revisits critically some entrenched doctrines in the field of Greek religion.

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Emily Mackil (Ph.D. Princeton University, 2003) is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Creating a Common Polity: Religion, Economy, and Politics in the Making of the Greek Koinon (Berkeley, 2013). Nikolaos Papazarkadas (DPhil Oxford, 2004) is the Nicholas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a senior editor of SEG and co-editor of From Document to History: Epigraphic Insights into the Greco-Roman World (Brill, 2019). Contributors are: Francesco Camia, Jan-Mathieu Carbon, Laura Gawlinski, Yannis Kalliontzis, Stephen Lambert, Andronike Makres, Georgia Malouchou, Elena Martín González, Angelos P. Matthaiou, Maria Mili, Fred Naiden, Adele Scafuro, Kazuhiro Takeuchi, Jenny Wallensten, Michael Zellmann-Rohrer.
"Dedicated to the memory of epigraphist Sara B. Aleshire, the publication is an engaging collection of fourteen articles tackling inscriptions ranging from previously unpublished material to well-known texts. Many chapters are accompanied by images of the inscriptions and other relevant material evidence, maps, and photographs of excavation sites; the volume boasts 53 illustrations. An index of inscriptions and papyri, an index of literary sources, and a general index are also included. The reader will find all these features very helpful in navigating the wide scope of topics covered in Greek Epigraphy and Religion." Karolina Frank, University of Warsaw in BMCR 2024.01.40.
These papers will be of interest to specialists (professor and academic libraries) and graduate students working in the fields of Greek epigraphy, religion, and history.
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