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Dr Sofia Kravaritou
BA Ioannina (Greece), MA Paris, PhD Paris - Lausanne


Marie Curie Fellow, Faculty of Classics
Associate Member, Lincoln College


Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
66, St. Giles'


Dr Sofia Kravaritou


Following my BA in Ancient History and Archaeology (Greece), I pursued my interest on Ancient Greek Religion with a MA in Religious Sciences (EPHE-Sorbonne, Paris) and a PhD with a joint interdisciplinary supervision in Anthropology and History of Ancient Greek Religion (EPHE-Sorbonne, Paris) and in Ancient Greek Language and Literature (IASA-University of Lausanne), via a European Doctoral Co-tutelle Program; my doctoral dissertations focused on Greek Calendars, through a study of both epigraphical and literary evidence. I then returned to Greece and worked as full time archaeologist employed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture in Thessaly, a position which allowed me to gain a deep understanding of Thessaly as a region. I was also invited to work as Research Associate in the Copenhagen Associations Project, responsible for the Thessalian evidence, and was awarded a three-months fellowship in the ERC Research program on Emotions at Oxford. My most recent work was for the Ephorate of Antiquities of Hemathia (Hellenic Ministry of Culture) in Macedonia, researching and writing entries for the virtual museum ‘Alexander the Great: from Aigai to the oecumene’. My current project as a Marie Curie Fellow aims to place my interdisciplinary approach of Thessalian cults and sacred space within the larger context of Hellenistic Religion and related socio-cultural attitudes and expectations.

Research Keywords:

Hellenistic Religion through archaeological, epigraphical and literary evidence, Thessalian cults, politics and sacred space, social and cultural anthropology of Ancient Greece, multiculturalism, identity politics, acculturation processes

Research Interests:

My current research titled 'Thessaly under the Kings: Religion, Society and the Politics of Multiculturalism in Mainland Greece’ examines the reorganization of sacred space, the cult practices and the religious beliefs in Thessaly from the mid-fourth to the second century BC. The evidence will be discussed in terms of continuity and change, from the gradual modification of the Thessalian geopolitical and urban landscapes exercised by the Macedonian rulers to the annexation of the region into the Hellenistic Kingdom of Macedonia, and down, finally, to the decline of the Macedonian power and the emergence of Roman control in the region. The project aims to examine the politics of the Hellenistic Kings and their influence over the reorganisation of local religious attitudes, with regards to the newly developed socio-cultural environment, with its multi-ethnic and multicultural communities and their competing claims that grew besides the official royal politics. Two key methodological approaches will be employed, a bottom-up interdisciplinary approach which will contextualise local religious attitudes and their political and socio-cultural agents through the study of archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic and literary sources, and a comparative approach that will relate the Thessalian evidence to other well-studied geographical regions of the Hellenistic World.

Selected Publications:

'Isiac Cults, Civic Priesthood and Social Elite in Hellenistic Demetrias (Thessaly): Notes on IG IX 2, 1107 (RICIS 112/0703) and beyond', (in press).

'Sacred Space and the Politics of Multiculturalism in Demetrias (Thessaly)', in Hellenistic Sanctuaries. Between Greece and Rome, M. Melfi and O. Bobou (eds.), (Oxford University Press in press).

'Poliad cults and polis identity in Archaic and Classical Thessaly', in Sanctuaries and Cults in Ancient Thessaly’, Proceedings of the Conference organised at the British School at Athens, 30 November-1 December 2012, M. Stamatopoulou & C. Morgan (eds.), (forthcoming).

'Thessalian perceptions of the ruler rult: archegetai and ktistai from Demetrias', in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-Classical Polis. Fourth Century BC to Second Century AD, P. Martzavou & N. Papazarkadas (eds.), (Oxford University Press 2013), 255-275.

'Synoecism and religious interface in Demetrias (Thessaly)', Kernos, Vol: 24, (2011), 111-135.

'La construction d’un “calendrier” en Grèce antique : temps du récit et temps du rituel', Kernos, Vol: 15, (2002), 31-40.