Workshop 'Anchoring Innovation in Delphi'

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The sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi was one of the most important religious places in the Ancient Greek world. Its famous oracle impacted politics but also religious, philosophical and, more generally, cultural matters. While tradition was a powerful factor in shaping the sanctuary, it was also a hub for innovations of various sorts. With its religious and political weight, the sanctuary served – both as a physical space and as an institution – to legitimize new ideas, in effect anchoring innovations in a recognized system of values.

10:00 – 10:30: welcome and introduction

10:30 – 11:10: Therese EMANUELSSON-PAULSON (Stockholm University)
An octagonal votive column in Delphi

11:10 – 11:50: Massimo GIUSEPPETTI (Università degli Studi Roma Tre)
Anchoring Civic Identity at Delphi: The Inscribed Songs of the Athenian Treasury

11:50 – 12:30: Banban WANG (University of Heidelberg)
Anchoring the Monumental Landscape: Early Roman inscriptions contextualised in the Hellenistic sanctuary of Apollo Pythios

12:30 – 13:30: lunch break

13:30 – 14:10: Antti LAMPINEN (Finnish Institute at Athens)
Galatai and Galli: Delphi as the Anchor for Hellenistic Innovations in Barbaromachy

14:10 – 14:50: Stefano ACERBO (University of Seville)
Delphi and the Aesopic tradition

14:50 - 15:30: Calloway SCOTT (University of Cincinnati)
Hippocrates’ Delphi: Innovating the past in the Hippocratic pseudepigrapha

15:30 – 15:50: coffee break

15:50 – 16:30: Bram DEMULDER (Leiden University)
New: the source. Anchoring innovation in Plutarch’s Delphic dialogues

16:30 – 17:10: Rebecca FRANK (Oberlin College)
Debating the Oracle: The Delphic Oracle as a Literary Motif in Imperial Greek Philosophy

17:10 – 17:30: concluding remarks

Organisers: Jean Vanden Broeck-Parant ( and Albert Joosse (