Paraskevi Martzavou

I was born in Thessaloniki where I studied History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University. I also studied Hungarian language and civilization at the Universities of Pecs and Szeged. After completing my BA, I worked as an archaeologist on several sites, including Olynthos, Poteidaia, and the cemetery of Akanthos. I hold a graduate qualification (DEA) in Greek epigraphy from the École Pratique des Hautes Études, IVème Section (Paris), under the direction of Philippe Gauthier, whose seminar I regularly followed for five years. I obtained a doctoral degree from the École Pratique des Hautes Études with my Recherches sur les communautés festives dans la « vieille Grèce », contribution à l’étude du contexte historiques et sociologique des cultes dans la Grèce romaine (mention très honorable).

My main interests are Greek history and archaeology, Greek epigraphy, Roman Greece, the sociology of religious change. These themes underlie a forthcoming article in the journal Pallas and a monograph under preparation based on my thesis. I am also co-editing with Nikolas Papazarkadas a volume of essays on the epigraphy of the post-classical polis. My interests can be seen in a series of BMCR reviews.

My contribution to the project is the study and interpretation of inscriptions as evidence for the socio-cultural construction of emotions. I both search for ‘emotional landscapes’ in stone and for thematic test cases (e.g. dedicatory practices).