New Approaches to the Temple of Zeus at Olympia
Sponsored by Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:10am to Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

University ELTE
Muzeum krt 6-8
Budapest 1088

CFP Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The symposium, sponsored by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is intended to adopt a new
synoptic approach and invites to the interdisciplinary discussion of recent hypotheses related both to the sculptures and to the history of the entire monument.

Papers dealing with archaeological or art historical problems, discussions of the architecture and the history of the monument including relevant epigraphic and numismatic studies are therefore most welcome.

Topics include, but are not restricted to the following subjects:

  • reconstruction and interpretation of the pediments and metopes;
  • the economic and financial background of the temple building and sacred economy in general;
  • Elean coinage and history;
  • relations between individual poleis (Elis, Sparta, Athens, etc.) and Olympia;
  • comparisons with other temples and (panhellenic) sanctuaries;
  • afterlife of the temple (ancient damages, repairs, restorations).

Because recent studies concerning the sculptures of the temple have made use of innovative digital technologies, which are likely to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the entire temple as well, special attention will be paid to new research methodologies. The conference would like to bridge the gap between classical studies and ICT applied to archaeology and cultural heritage: specialists from both fields are therefore invited to present their results (theoretical considerations as well as case studies) concerning innovative technologies (including material provenance studies), which are somehow related to the reconstruction and/or interpretation of the sanctuary, the temple and its sculptures.

Participation is free of charge, papers should not exceed 20-25 minutes. Contributions in English,
German, French and Italian are welcome. Titles and abstracts (up to 300 words) including the name and address of the candidate should be sent to the following email address by 7th January Decision on acceptance will be sent by mid-February.

Contact Information
Andras Patay-Horvath


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