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OIKOS Research Group Cultural Interactions in the Ancient World - Multilingual inscriptions and Cultural Interactions

When:Fr 19-01-2024
Where:Amsterdam - University Theatre Building, room 3.01 (Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18)


You can register for the workshop until Wednesday January 10 by sending an email to Aleks Tsankov, ( You are also welcome if you attend only part of the program (please indicate).

For further queries and information, you can contact Mathieu de Bakker (


9.00-9.30h Opening, coffee and tea.

9.30-10.00h Mathieu de Bakker (University of Amsterdam): Introduction

Session one: Western Asia (chair: Mathieu de Bakker, University of Amsterdam)

10.00-10.45h Wouter Henkelman (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris): Bisotun in context

10.45-11.30h Alwin Kloekhorst & Willemijn Waal (Leiden University):  Bilingual texts from HattuĊĦa

11.30-11.45h Discussion

11.45-12.30h Lunch at the University Theatre

Session two: Roman Empire and Late Antiquity (chair: Onno van Nijf, University of Groningen)

12.30-13.15h First round of short talks:

  • Marta Capano (Università per Stranieri di Siena): Bilingual inscriptions in Roman Sicily as visual representation of the relations between Greek and Roman identities
  • Ton Derks (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): Imperial frontiers, migration and the translation of gods: lessons from a bilingual inscription from Rome (CIL VI, 30817= ILS 4337)

13.15-14.00h Pieter Houten (Universität Hamburg):  The rise and demise of Palaeohispanic epigraphy: Latinization and multilingualism on the Iberian Peninsula

14.00-15.00h Second round of short talks: (chair: Christina Williamson, University of Groningen)

  • Caroline van Toor (University of Groningen): Low-key multilingualism in a provincial capital? Bilingual inscriptions and the use of Latin in Thessaloniki
  • Valentina Vari (Sapienza University of Rome and University of Groningen): Bilingualism and bilingual phenomena in Roman Greece. Socio-cultural implications in the light of epigraphical evidence
  • Bas ter Haar Romeny (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): A bilingual epitaph from Edessa

15.00-15.15h Discussion

15.15-15.45h Tea and/or coffee

Session three: the Hellenistic World (chair: Floris van den Eijnde, Utrecht University)

15.45-16.30h Rolf Strootman (Utrecht University): Imperial bilinguals from Hellenistic Iran

16.30-17.15h Rachel Mairs (University of Reading) : Trilingual inscriptions: translating language and culture

17.15-17.45h Discussion and Conclusion