Sports, Society, and Culture

After the Agon: Olympic Memory in Ancient and Modern Athletics

Sixth International Scholars’ Symposium
July 9–July 13, 2017
Ancient Olympia, Greece

Conference Program


  Arrival of Lecturers and Participants in Athens
9:15am Departure of Participants from the Panathenaic Stadium, Athens, to Ancient Olympia
2-5:00pm Registrations
6:00pm Introductory Session (optional)


  Session 1
9:00am Opening Remarks by IOA and CHS
9:30am Gregory Nagy, "The experience of athletic competition as a link to ancestral values" (View Abstract) (Read Paper)
10:30am Efimia Karakantza, "In Athletics We Remember. The Phaeacian Games and the (Re)Construction of the Odysseus’ Lost Identity in Book 8 of the Odyssey" (View Abstract)
11:30am Break
11:45am Maša Culumovic, "The Most Beautiful Memorial of Athletic Contests" (View Abstract)
1:00pm Lunch
4:30pm Workshops
6:30pm Sport Activities

11 JULY 

9:00am Visit to the Archaeological Site and Museum of Ancient Olympia
1:00pm Lunch
  Session 2
4:30pm Heather Reid, "Recollecting Virtue: Olympic Mimēsis and Platonic Education" (View Abstract)
5:15pm Sebastian Scharff, " 'One crown after another'. The self-presentation of (Hellenistic) victors from Sparta" (View Abstract)
6:00pm Sofie Remijsen, "Talking About the Olympic Past in Late Antiquity" (View Abstract)
7:00pm Sport Activities

 12 JULY

  Session 3
9:00am Peter Miller, "The Geography of Nostalgia at Olympia" (View Abstract)
10:00am Nigel Spivey, "Athletes as Celebrities: Inventing the Visual Definition of Fame" (View Abstract)
11:00am Break
11:30am Stamatia Dova, "All-time Winners, Olympic kleos, and the Reactivation of Memory" (View Abstract)
1:00pm Lunch
4:30pm Workshops
6:30pm Sport Activities


9:00am Summaries of Presentations / Roundtable Discussion
10:30am Gregory Nagy, Presentation of the Conclusions of the Workshops
11:00am Address and Closing of the Symposium
1:00pm Departure to Athens


*The duration of the lectures is indicative, and includes time for discussion. The language of the proceedings is English.

** During the workshops, emphasis will be added on the ongoing dialogue between ancient and modern, on how these concepts compete and interact. Lecturers and participants are encouraged to enrich and elaborate on the dialectic relationship between the two.