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Lecture

Forum Antiquum: Syneidesis and Greek ritual

  • Andrej Petrovic (Durham University)
Date
Thursday 11 May 2017
Time
Location
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Room
Vossius Conference Room

Andrej Petrovic' paper explores inner attitudes of Greek worshippers in the moment of ritual action, with a focus on the relationship between formulations of inner purity and requests for best / clear syneidesis  / syneidos in epigraphically transmitted sacred regulations (“leges sacrae”). After a short review of scholarship on issues of inner purity in Greek religion, Petrovic examines, in particular, two sacred regulations from Rhodes of the Imperial period which deal with requirements placed on the visitor for an auspicious entry into the sanctuaries. Concluding, he speculates about intellectual currents and contexts which may have influenced articulations of requests for syneidesis in Rhodian cults.  

About the speaker

Andrej Petrovic is Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia. He studied in Belgrado, received his doctorate in Heidelberg (2004), and fulfilled research positions in Munich, Tokio and Washington (Center for Hellenic Studies). The main part of his research lies in the field of epigraphy, and he specialises in verse inscriptions: in 2007 he published his Kommentar zu den simonideischen Versinschriften (Leiden/Boston), and he was co-editor of the volume Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram (Cambridge, 2010). Furthermore, he is engaged in an international project creating an edition of Greek (among these also Hellenistic) epigrams, which will succeed P.A. Hansen’s Carmina epigraphica Graeca vol. I-II (1983-89). Petrovic developed a particular interest in epigrams having to do with religious life, and this year he will publish a new book about Greek religion: Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion, Vol. I. Early Greek Religion (Oxford; co-authored with Ivana Petrovic). From the list with no less than six possible subjects he suggested for his Forum lecture – Andrej Petrovic is what we would call a very productive scholar – he eventually also chose to handle a religious topic.

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