Sports, Society, and Culture

Athla for the People: Democracy, Empire and the Power of Athletics

Seventh International Scholars’ Symposium
July 9–July 13, 2018
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 for Students


  Session 1
9:00am Opening Remarks by IOA and CHS
9:30am Gregory Nagy, "The Rise and Fall of Imperial Ideology in Athletic Events at the Panathenaia" (View Abstract)
10:30am Maša Culumovic, "Bringing the people to light: victor and his community in Olympian 5" (View Abstract)
11:30am Break
11:45am Sarah C. Murray, "The Practice of Nude Athletics in Peloponnesian Sanctuaries: Dorian Communities, Meritocracy, and Social Change from the Bottom Up" (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 Philip Sapirstein, "Traveling athletes and artisans in archaic Olympia" (View Abstract)
5:30pm Paul Christesen, "Athletics, Power, and Identity in the Spartan State" (View Abstract)
6:30pm Sport Activities

 12 JULY

  Session 3
9:00am Charles Stocking, "The Funeral Games of Patroclus: Ancient Roots for a Modern Problematic of Power" (View Abstract)
10:00am Stamatia Dova, "Lucian, Soutsos, and the First Modern Olympiad" (View Abstract)
11:00am Break
11:30am Konstantinos Georgiadis, "The revival of the Olympic Games and Pierre de Coubertin’s ideas on shaping a democratic consciousness" (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.