At the American Academy in Rome this April 16-17, a Conference on Greek Baths and Bathing Culture

Panorama of baths, Morgantina, Sicily

On 16-17 April 2010 at the American Academy in Rome, an ambitious international conference will re-examine the evidence for Greek and Greek-style baths. The conference GREEK BATHS AND BATHING CULTURE: NEW DISCOVERIES AND APPROACHES promises to revise our understanding of the significance of an extraordinary range of ever-increasing archaeological material. That includes the earliest evidence from Greece itself, with developments down into the later Roman imperial period, where Greek and Greek-style baths continued alongside Roman complexes. Co-organizing the conference are Tokyo-based independent scholar Sandra Lucore FAAR’07, and Monika Trümper, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

One major contribution of the conference is that it will examine baths and related evidence in areas outside the Greek mainland—a traditional focus—including the Aegean islands, Cyprus, Egypt, southern France, and Sicily and south Italy. Here the archaeological evidence, especially from the Hellenistic period, shows much that was innovative and experimental in architectural design, decoration and construction technology. Plus the evidence from Sicily (especially Syracuse, the home of Archimedes) and south Italy is crucial to any discussion of the origins of Roman baths. Many larger topics naturally emerge from this discussion of the archaeology of Greek baths, including ownership and patronage, social customs, hygienic and curative aspects, and gender, religious and ethnic issues.

Presenting at the conference, in addition to co-organizers Sandra Lucore and Monika Trümper, will be Polixeni Adam-Veleni (Thessaloniki), Skevi Christodoulou (Cyprus), Rebecca Flemming (Cambridge), Thibaud Fournet (Damascus), Emanuele Greco (Athens), Giovanna Greco (Naples), Pier Daniele Napolitani (Pisa), Bérangère Redon (Lille and Cairo), Cornelia Römer (Cairo), Adrian Stähli (Zurich), Paolo Vitti (Rome), and Fikret Yegül (California, Santa Barbara).

The conference—see the full Program below, or download in .pdf form here—is funded by generous support from the Gerda Henkel Foundation and also Mrs. Muriel Bell. For more information, please contact Corey Brennan at the American Academy in Rome.

GREEK BATHS AND BATHING CULTURE: NEW DISCOVERIES AND APPROACHES CONFERENCE PROGRAM

FRIDAY 16 APRIL: LECTURE ROOM, AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME (Via A. Masina, 5)

9:00-9:30 Sandra Lucore, Co-organizer, Independent Scholar (Tokyo) and Monika Trümper, Co-organizer, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Introduction

9:30-10:15 Fikret Yegül, Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of California Santa Barbara: Thermal Matters: Intersected Legacies of Greek and Roman Baths

10:15-11:00 Rebecca Flemming, Department of Classics, University of Cambridge: The Rise of Bathing in Greek Medicine

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:15 Adrian Stähli, University of Zürich: Women Bathing on Greek Vases

12:15-13:00 Sandra Lucore, Tokyo: Bathing Culture in Hieronian Sicily

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-15:15 Pier Daniele Napolitani, Department of Mathematics, University of Pisa: Archimedes and Vaulting

15:15-16:00 Giovanna Greco, Department of History, University of Naples Federico II: Il complesso delle terme ellenistiche ad Elea/Velia

16:00-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-17:15 Emanuele Greco, Director, Italian School of Archaeology at Athens and Paolo Vitti, Facoltà di Ingegneria edile-architettura, Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’/Italian School of Archaeology at Athens: Bagno Greco di Efestia/Lemno

SATURDAY 17 APRIL: LECTURE ROOM, AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME (Via A. Masina, 5)

9:00-9:45 Polixeni Adam-Veleni, Director, Archaeological Museum Thessaloniki: A Hellenistic Bath in Thessaloniki

9:45-10:30 Cornelia Römer, German Archaeological Institute Cairo: The Greek Baths in the Fayyum

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:30 Thibaud Fournet, CNRS, Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Damascus and Bérangère Redon, Department of History, Charles de Gaulle University, Lille 3/Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale, Cairo: Le chauffage des bains grecs: découvertes récentes en Égypte et tentative de synthèse

11:30-12:30 Skevi Christodoulou, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus: Hellenistic balaneia in Cyprus: the Institution of Bathing in Context

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-15:15 Monika Trümper, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Urban Contexts of Greek Public Baths

15:15-16:15 Fikret Yegül, Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of California Santa Barbara: Response and final discussion



Woodcuts from Daremberg-Saglio, Dictionnaire des Antiquités Grecques et Romaines I (1877) s.v. Balneae

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