Davelis cave, Pentelli, Athens. Photo: Eva Mol
Abstract: The lecture will share work in progress on my current project about myth and materiality. It focuses on the roles that objects and physical locations played in the creation of mythologies, the types of knowledge and historicities generated from the interaction between myth and material culture, and the effect that this interaction had on historical processes. We all know of Troy of course, but there are many more of such entanglements to find. The project departs from the view that it is important to take the worlds in which ancient people and communities believed in myths and legends seriously. In this way I hope to add further knowledge to the making of Mediterranean history, alterity in the ancient world, and to archaeological imagination. Among others, case studies are on work done at the BSA: caves on the north slope of the Acropolis hill and so-called baetylus stones: sacred stones that were considered alive or representing deities.
Bio: Eva Mol is a lecturer in Roman Archaeology at the University of York, she is specialised in Greco-Roman religion, Roman slavery, and (digital) archaeological imagination. As Visiting Fellow at the BSA in 2024, she is working on her next book project about myth and archaeology in the Mediterranean.
Please note: this lecture will not be recorded.
Hybrid lecture, 16:00 (UK) / 18:00 (Greece)
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