Over the course of his long career, J. K. Davies (Literae Humaniores, 1955) has made a substantial contribution to the study of the archaic, classical and Hellenistic periods.
There are very few, if any, historians whose work has played a major role in configuring how we approach and conceive all three major periods of ancient Greek history. But Davies’ work is remarkable not only for its chronological range, but also for its thematic diversity. He has made major contributions to the study of social and economic history, institutional history, the history of politics, state-building and warfare, religious and cultural history, of epigraphy and ancient documents.
In order to honour Davies for his contribution to the study of ancient Greek history, the University of Crete and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies are organising an international conference which builds on Davies’ work in order to explore a major aspect of ancient Greek history: the issue of historical change in its various facets.
Participants will explore the various aspects of historical change (political, military, legal, institutional, social, economic, religious, identity change), the periodisations and narratives of change, and the change in the nature of our sources and how these reflect historical change.