Inscriptions honouring women in Greek cities as evidence of a change in civic mentality in the Hellenistic and Roman periods (until the early 3rd century AD)
Research into women’s themes, carried out for Antiquity with particular intensity since the 1980s by means of varied methodologies, has “restored” the presence of women in the public sphere in Greek cities, the presence limited to the sphere of religion in the classical period and in the Roman period visible also in political life (we known women who assumed municipal offices).
The project deals with the essence of relations between the cultures of the Aegean Sea Basin and the Middle East (ca 1300-900 BC). The temporal framework has been chosen in a way that would cover only the period of the most important transformations. This revolutionary era was marked by the fall of the Mycenaean civilisation, the Hittite state and the Canaanite states. As a result of the transformations in the Aegean world there emerged the polis, and the Middle East saw the emergence of a new type of states – tribal/national territorial states and Phoenician city-states.
Ancient Sparta. Spartan reality and Spartan myth in Polish and European scholarship and memoire collective
The aim of the project is to examine selected issues from the history of ancient Sparta and the Spartan legend. The results will be presented during regular meetings of scholars. The projects provides for the publication of two books containing papers prepared in the course of the project. Some material (including a bibliography of works devoted to ancient Sparta, iconography of the Spartan legend) will be available on the project website.
The project has two main objectives. The first is an eddition of Kitab al-wara (The Book of Scrupulous Piety) compiled by ‘Abd al-Malik ibn Habib (d. 238/853), a treatise which is one of the oldest sources coming from Muslim Spain (al-Andalus). The other objective is a study of the phenomenon of scrupulous piety in Islam in the 3rd/9th century, taking into account the edited source in question and in the end producing a monograph devoted to this important phenomenon, which has been neglected in the existing literature.