The Practices of Commemoration in Classical Antiquity

A Small Symposium on “The Practices of Commemoration in Classical Antiquity”
as part of the 3
rd Annual International Conference on Classical and Byzantine Studies
1-4 June 2020, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of History

The History Unit of ATINER, will hold a Small Symposium on “The Practices of Commemoration in Classical Antiquity” as part of the 3rd Annual International Conference on Classical and Byzantine Studies, 1-4 June 2020, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of History.

This theme involves a discussion of commemorative practices in classical antiquity. Commemorative practices is understood as an activity of a certain human community aimed at perpetuating certain events of special significance to it. Thus, by means of the commemoration, the foundation was laid for the subsequent representation of historical experience, the preservation in the memory of subsequent generations of information about the events that became the reason for the commemoration. Within the framework of this theme, the ancient Greek and Roman practices of commemoration will be discussed, as well as their impact on the process of preserving historical memory in subsequent epochs. The main types of commemoration will be taken into consideration: the erection of monuments, commemoration of memorable dates, as well as the transfer of information about memorial events through the organization of festivals and special events aimed at educating the younger generation. The panel focuses on a concrete historical and theoretical treatment of the practices of commemoration in antiquity and modernity. You may participate as a presenter of one paper or observer.

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Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Myceanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 18 May 2020 to: Dr. Eduard Rung, Professor, Kazan Federal University, RussiaPlease include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (  

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