The professor for Ancient History at the University of Hamburg KAJA HARTER-UIBOPUU is giving three lectures in English at the University of Tartu
Tuesday, 29th of March 2016 at 12.15 in Näituse 13A-101 the lecture
„The manumission of slaves in Hellenistic and Roman Greece“
Whereas the manumission of slaves was a widespread custom throughout Greek antiquity, it was only in Hellenistic times that the custom of preserving the manumission records on stone-inscriptions came into being. The largest group of texts stems from Central and Northern Greece, with the panhellenic sanctuary of Apollon at Delphi as the main center during the 2nd and 1st cent. BCE. Later texts are found in Macedonia and Epirus (modern Albania), reaching well into the 3rd. cent. AD. The records show not only the legal framework, but shed light on the social circumstances, the rights and duties of the freedmen and the necessary protection of the manumission. Several texts will be presented and discussed during the seminar.
Wednesday, 30th of March 2016 at 12.15 in Lossi 3-417 the lecture
„Dialect inscriptions from Archaic Greece“
Inscriptions on bronze tablets, pottery and stone form the most important texts for our understanding of the Greek dialects as well as the development of the art of writing. The writing material, letter-forms and style are so characteristic in the different regions and subregions of Greece that it was possible to set up a system of local scripts and their chronological development. Apart from a general overview over the epigraphic evidence from the 8th to the 5th cent. BCE, we will have a closer look at three different texts from Argos, Olympia and Thetonion.
Wednesday, 30th of March 2016 at 14.15 in Näituse 20-103 the lecture
„The protection of graves in Greek and Roman Law“
Death, burials and graves and the possible afterlife of human beings formed has always been of major concern to any culture. In Greek and Roman Law we find several rules related to the acquisition and erection of graves, their occupancy and their protection. Next to juridical and literary texts inscriptions form a valuable source for this and leave room for ample discussion of legal and social questions. Several texts from Rome, Ostia, Greece and Asia Minor will be presented in order to show how the inhabitants of different parts of the Roman Empire dealt with funerary traditions in the first three centuries after Christ.
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