The Hellenistic Peloponnese: New Perspectives Conference (May 6th, 2016)

“The Hellenistic Peloponnese: New Perspectives” is a one-day International Ph.D. and Early Career Researchers Conference organised by the School of Archaeology & Ancient History of the University of Leicester. The aim of the conference is to gather Ph.D. students and Early Career Researchers whose work or research interests involve the Hellenistic Peloponnese. They may be researching different areas of the region, challenge the traditional interpretations and/or offer new insights or methodological approaches. The Hellenistic Peloponnese, with its unique range of political and cultural institutions, landscapes, and identities is a topic that invites new inter-disciplinary approaches. These may include purely historical reassessments or new approaches to material culture.

Call for Papers

Conference Programme

Booklet of Abstracts

Venue: Charles Wilson Building; 4th Floor, Rutland & Gartree Seminar Rooms (403/404).

Logo for the Hellenistic Peloponnese Conference

It is a pleasure to formally announce and invite you to the International Ph.D. Conference: “The Hellenistic Peloponnese: New Perspectives”. The conference is organised under the auspices of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, to be held on campus on May 6th, 2016.

Recently, there has been a resurgence in the research of the Hellenistic Period. However, the study of the Hellenistic Peloponnese is still a topic that has not been fully reassessed; traditional interpretations remain influential. The very presence of a wide variety of socio-political and cultural realities makes the Peloponnese unique. Indeed, the assessment of the regions and realities which composed such a large area, where more than one hundred poleis coexisted, offers fertile ground to apply new approaches and develop new studies.

During the Hellenistic period, we witness a multitude of changes in the way in which Peloponnesian states interacted both inside and outside this area. Regionalism and diversity operated in parallel as the equilibrium of power changed: Sparta saw its power reduced, while the Arcadian and the Achaean Confederations came to the fore, in the context of the struggle for power and control between the Hellenistic rulers. These changes, among others, led to the necessary renegotiation of civic/state identities in accordance with the new trends introduced by the Hellenistic kings.

This conference will aim:

  • to evaluate new methodological approaches which could be beneficial to the study of the past in the Hellenistic Peloponnese
  • to explore the ways in which Hellenistic states interacted and the extent of this interaction
  • to investigate how and to what extent the past was perceived in the Peloponnesian poleis
  • to assess the impact of external factors such as cultural exchanges and warfare on the Peloponnesian poleis
  • to examine internal and external social relationships and interactions: the interactions of poleis with other poleis and/or states inside and outside of the Peloponnese


The Region

Map of the Peloponnese
Map of the Peloponnese. Courtesy of Dr Daniel Stewart
Aὕτη δ᾽(ἡ θάλατταν) ἐκ τοῦ Σικελικοῦ πελάγους προσπεσοῦσα τῇ μὲν ἀναχεῖται πρὸς τὸν Κορινθιακὸν κόλπον, τῇ δ᾽ ἀποτελεῖ χερρόνησον μεγάλην τὴν Πελοπόννησον, ἰσθμῷ στενῷ κλειομένην. ἔστι δὲ τὰ δύο μέγιστα συστήματα τῆς Ἑλλάδος τό τε ἐντὸς Ἰσθμοῦ καὶ τὸ ἐκτὸς μέχρι τῆς ἐκβολῆς τοῦ Πηνειοῦ: ἔστι δὲ καὶ μεῖζον καὶ ἐπιφανέστερον τὸ ἐντὸς Ἰσθμοῦ: σχεδὸν δέ τι καὶ ἀκρόπολίς ἐστιν ἡ Πελοπόννησος τῆς συμπάσης Ἑλλάδος […]
Now this sea, issuing forth out of the Sicilian Sea, on one side stretches to the Corinthian Gulf, and on the other forms a large peninsula, the Peloponnesus, which is closed by a narrow isthmus. Thus, Greece consists of two very large bodies of land, the part inside the Isthmus, and the part outside, which extends through Pylae as far as the outlet of the Peneius but the part inside the Isthmus is both larger and more famous. I might almost say that the Peloponnesus is the acropolis of Greece as a whole […]
Strabo, 8.1.3

Confirmed Academics

Speakers Collage
[From left to right] Dr Daniel Stewart; Professor Andrew Meadows; Professor Graham Shipley

We are delighted to announce the participation and the contribution to the conference of scholars with significant expertise in the Hellenistic period and the region of the Peloponnese: Dr. Daniel Stewart (University of Leicester); Professor Andrew Meadows (University of Oxford) and Professor Graham Shipley (University of Leicester).


The conference is aimed equally at postgraduate students and early career researchers. The intent is to facilitate a multi-disciplinary discussion and, therefore, researchers from any relevant discipline are encouraged to participate.

Titles of Papers

Abstracts of the papers to be presented at the Conference have been published. You can access them here. A list of the speakers and titles of papers is provided below:
Selected Speakers & Papers
Dr. Daniel Stewart (University of Leicester)

Inventing the Hellenistic Peloponnese

James Lloyd (University of Reading/Exeter)

The End of Lead Figurines in the Early Hellenistic Period at the Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia: Pb Isotope Analysis

Jane Ainsworth (University of Leicester)

Herakles on the Edge: Artistic Choices in Hellenistic Elis

Dr. Gabriel Zuchtriegel (Archaeological Park of Paestum)

Early Hellenistic Economies: Comparing the Peloponnese with Southern Italy

Roumpini-Ioanna Charami (University of Nottingham)

The Hellenistic Perioikoi: a Preliminary Insight into the Life and History of Perioikic Communities

Chares Chrysafis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Garrisons and ‘Tyrants’: Preliminary Remarks on the Antigonid rule in the Peloponnese

Richard Evans (University of Leicester)

Shock and Awe: Violence, Resistance, and Terror within the Achaean Koinon

Charlotte van Regenmortel (University of Leicester)

The Consultant General: Spartan Military Leaders Abroad

Andrea Scarpato (University of Leicester)

A de facto King: Cleonymus

Krzysztof Zimny (University of Warsaw)

Burden of the Past: Sparta in the Face of the Achaean Resurgence

Maciej Daszuta (University of Wrocław/Liverpool)

Sparta in Early Hellenistic Period: Backward or Well-Adjusted?

Manolis Pagkalos (University of Leicester)

The Histories of the Achaean League: Constructing Identities in the Early Hellenistic Pelοponnese

David Weidgenannt (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

ὑπόμνημα τῆς οἰκειότητος. A Present Past in Epidaurus and Athens (2nd – 1st century BC)

Professor Andrew Meadows (University of Oxford)

Polybius and the Peloponnese: New Perspectives and Old


Registration is now open. Book your place through the University's Shop []; the registration rate is £15. The registration fee covers tea, coffee, and lunch.

We regret that we cannot offer travel or accommodation expenses to participants.

The conference will run from 08.30am (Registration) to 18.00pm and it will be followed by a reception. There will be an optional dinner after the reception at a local restaurant, for which there will be a small additional cost.

The Thomas Wiedemann Memorial Fund provides small grants (up to £100) to assist postgraduate students at UK universities with the cost of research travel and accommodation, including attendance at conferences. Postgraduate students attending the conference from outside Leicester are encouraged to read the details on the website [] and consider making an application.

Organising Committee

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