British School at Athens International Symposium | 3 May 2023

We are delighted to invite you to an international symposium on 3 May 2023 at 9am-3pm (UK) / 11am-5pm (Greece) taking place in-person in the Upper House at the BSA (52 Souedias Street, Athens, GR 106 76) and online via Zoom!

From Sparta to Lacedaemon: daily lifeways of a Byzantine city

This international symposium aims to bring together multifocal viewpoints to analyse the social and economic dynamics of Lacedaemon, as Sparta was known in post-classical periods. Combining archaeological, numismatic and textual sources, the papers presented in this symposium will shed light on the settlement trajectory of Sparta from Late Antiquity to the 14th century AD. Topics related to trade patterns, economic, social values and cultural identification will be discussed. Mutually informing research questions that the papers can address are:

Q. 1. How was the ancient city of Sparta reconfigured in the Late Antique and Byzantine period? What was the role of the ancient monuments in the post-classical city? How was the religious landscape defined in Late Antiquity and Byzantine periods?

Q. 2. What economic activities took place in the city? What type of crafts and trade took place in Sparta? How far was Sparta part of a regional and supra-regional trade network?

Finally, Sparta will also be related to the Laconian rural landscape to give an overview of the relationship between the city and its hinterland.

The programme can be viewed here:

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Author: Dr. Bernard Mulholland

Dr. Bernard Mulholland is a Byzantinist, archaeologist, historian and Patristics scholar with a Ph.D. in history (QUB, 2012). Bernard's publications include: Fiction: Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022). Non-fiction: Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA - 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016). ---, The man from MENSA - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (2016). ---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018). ---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021). ---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (2021). ---, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014). ---, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633. Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385.

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