Recent Work on the Cults of Boeotia: Archaeology, Epigraphy, and History, American School of Classical Studies at Athens and Online, December 4–6, 2023
As we approach thirty years since Albert Schachter completed his foundational study Cults of Boiotia (1981–1994), new evidence and innovative approaches encourage a reconsideration of how religious activity shaped life in ancient Boeotia. Recent finds have emerged from rescue work, surveys, and excavations that contribute additional data that both build upon and challenge Schachter’s work. At the same time, projects centered on re-examining old finds have proven equally fruitful. It is certainly not an exaggeration to say that some of the most exciting epigraphic discoveries of the last decade have emerged from Boeotian storerooms. This conference will address new archaeological or epigraphic discoveries and the intersections of cult with regional politics and identity, from the end of the Bronze Age through the Byzantine period.
The conference is organized by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Boeotia.