Dienstag, 31. Januar 2017, 18:30 - 19:30 iCal

The ideal and the real

The reconstruction of Roman identity and the archaeology of SW Peloponnes in the Middle Byzantine period

Vortragender: Dr. Nikos TSIVIKIS

Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik
Postgasse 7/1/3, 1010 Wien Wien


The talk will explore the relationship between textual accounts on SW Peloponnese from the 9th to the 11th centuries and the actual monuments and material culture evidence. On one side the main emphasis will be on the hagiographical text of the Life of Hosios Nikon o Metanoeite composed locally at the end of the 11th century but describing events at least a hundred years earlier. It constitutes a vivid and accurate description of sites and locales in Peloponnese, and stands as one of the few texts to have been composed with actual knowledge of the province.

This vivid description of Peloponnese will be contrasted to the picture provided by the archaeological material. Standing monuments and archaeological excavations are examined while the main focus will be on the material provided by the systematic excavation of Messene, a bishopric of the Early Byzantine period, that evolves into a “slavic” Middle Byzantine township.

The aim of the talk is to offer a preliminary examination of the mechanism of identity reconstruction in the newly re-conquered Byzantine Peloponnese as it is applied locally and how it correlates with the realities of the local population that can only be seen through the archaeological record. In this process both the historiographical question of Hellenization and the archaeology of ethnic identity will be revisited.


Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, Österreichische Byzantinische Gesellschaft


Petra Greger
Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik
Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
4277 41001