The Northern Greece Programme


This comprehensive research programme targets a major area of the Greek periphery in antiquity; neglected by research until recently, this region has been a focus of scholarly interest during the last few decades.
The programme's main objectives are the systematic collection and publication of primary sources for the history of Northern Greece, a solid foundation used in synthetic studies on the political, social, economic and cultural developments in this area.
Specifically, the programme focuses on the study of epigraphic, numismatic and other archaeological sources which constitute a significant body of primary evidence that allows us to complement and even revise the testimony of literary sources.



The Northern Greece Research programme is the result of the merger of two of the Centre's earliest teams, working on Macedonia and Thrace respectively, with the major aim of publishing primary historical sources from these regions. For this reason successive contracts of collaboration with the Ministry of Culture were signed in 1981 and 1984, for the constitution of an epigraphical archive and for the publication of inscriptions from Macedonia and Thrace. From these and other long term collaboration projects, we have formed important archives of epigraphical, numismatic, onomastic and prosopographical material which are a) gradually published in corpora and b) exploited by the researchers of the Programme in monographs, articles and conference papers.
In addition to epigraphy and numismatics, which formed the original focus of interest of the programme's research, the programme has in recent years expanded its areas of interest to include iconography, funerary monuments, painted monuments, as well as every-day life related archaeological finds, and has established collaboration projects with institutions of the Greek Ministry of Culture for their study and publication.
For the systematic and synthetic study of the archaeological finds from northern Greece the programme's researchers have formed over the years important archives (of epigraphic records, squeezes, drawings, casts, maps, photographs and pigments) which are at the disposal of the research community and which we plan to gradually digitize.
A specialized bibliographic archive of publications pertaining to the northern Greek periphery in antiquity is the result of many years of systematic collection.



The Northern Greece Programme was headed for years by the Director of KERA Prof. M.B. Hatzopoulos; since July 2010, is being headed by the Senior Researcher Sophia Kremydi.

Other members include:
Demetra Andrianou, Associate Researcher
Harikleia Brekoulaki, Associate Researcher
Myrina Kalaitzi, Assistant Researcher
Maria-Gabriella Parisaki, Senior Researcher
Paschalis Paschidis, Senior Researcher

Post-doc assistant researchers:
Elena Martin Gonzalez
Athena Iakovidou

Honorary research directors include:
Miltiades B. Hatzopoulos
Louisa D. Loukopoulou
Argyro B. Tataki

Past members of the Programme include: Ioannis Aslanis, Despoina Papakonstantinou-Diamandourou, Aikaterini Liampi, Anna Panagiotou, Ioannis Pikoulas, Selene Psoma, Antigoni Zournatzi.


Major Ongoing Projects

a) Forthcoming Publications

  • Corpus of Inscriptions of the Third Macedonian Meris, vol. II
  • The Coinage of the Macedonian koinon in the Hellenistic period
  • Figured Tombstones from Macedonia, fifth - first centuries BC
  • Inscribed Tombstones from Aegean Thrace
  • Thrace under Roman Sway (146 BC - 46 AD). History of the Client Kingdom of Thrace
  • The Art of Painting in Ancient Greece
  • Recent research in Mycenaean Painting
  • Sculptural and architectural polychromy in ancient Greece and Rome
  • Digital catalogue of the inscriptions of the second Macedonian region
  • Digital catalogue of coin finds from Aegae
  • Digital catalogue of coin finds from Amphipolis


b) Ongoing Funded Research Programmes of the IHR


c) Scheduled Scientific Meetings and Conferences

  • «L'hegemonie romaine sur les communautes du nord Egeen (IIe s. av. J.-C. - IIe s. apr. J.-C.»: Three one-day meetings, in collaboration with the Ecole Francaise d'Athenes (Athens, EFA, 11.04.2014, 21.11.2014, 13.03.2015).
  • «Les Alexandres apres Alexandre: Histoire d'une monnaie commune": International Conference, in collaboration with the University of Sorbonne (Athens, NHRF, 23-24.05.2014).
  • «Βορειοελλαδικά. Tales from the Lands of the Ethne»: International Conference, in collaboration with the Ecole Francaise d'Athenes, the University of Nanterre and the University of Venice (Athens, NHRF and EFA, February 2015).




Les milliaires de la voie Egnatienne entre Heraclee des Lyncestes et Thessalonique. Gounaropoulou L., Hatzopoulos M.B., ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 1, Athenes 1985.

Two Studies in Ancient Macedonian Topography. Strepsa: a Reconsideration, or New Evidence on the Road System of Lower Macedonia. Hatzopoulos M.B. Provinciae Macedoniae finis orientalis: the Establishment of the Eastern frontier. Loukopoulou L.D., ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 3, Athens 1987.

Une donation du roi Lysimaque. Hatzopoulos M.B., ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 5, Athenes 1988.

Actes de vente de la Chalcidique centrale. Hatzopoulos M.B., ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 6, Athenes 1988.

Morrylos, cite de la Crestonie. Hatzopoulos M.B., Loukopoulou L.D.
ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 7, Athenes 1989.

Ancient Beroea: Prosopography and Society. Tataki A.B.
ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 8, Athens 1988.

Contribution a l'histoire de la Thrace Propontique. Loukopoulou L.D., ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 9, Athenes 1989.

Recherches sur les marches orientales des Temenides (Anthemonte-Kalindoia). Hatzopoulos M.B., Loukopoulou L.D., 2 Volumes, ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 11, Athenes 1992.

Actes de vente d'Amphipolis. Hatzopoulos M.B. ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 14, Athenes 1991.

La loi gymnasiarchique de Beroia. Gauthier Ph., Hatzopoulos M.B.
ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 16, Athenes 1993.

Macedonian Edessa: Prosopography and Onomasticon. Tataki A.B., ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 18, Athens 1994.

Cultes et rites de passage en Macedoine. Hatzopoulos M.B. ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 19, Athenes 1994.

Macedonian Institutions Under the Kings. Hatzopoulos M.B.
2 Volumes, ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 22, Athens 1996.

Monnayage et finances de Philippe II: un etat de la question. Le Rider G., ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 23, Athenes 1996.   

Macedonians Abroad: a Contribution to the Prosopography of Ancient Macedonia. Tataki A.B. ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 26, Athens 1998.

Inscriptions du sanctuaire de la Mere des dieux autochtone de Leukopetra (Macedoine). Petsas Ph., Hatzopoulos M.B., Gounaropoulou L., Paschidis P.
ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 28, Athenes 2000.

L'organisation de l'armee macedonienne sous les Antigonides: problemes anciens et documents nouveaux. Hatzopoulos M.B., ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 30, Athenes 2001.

Al di la dell'Olimpo: Macedoni e grandi santuari della Grecia dall'eta archaica al primo Ellenismo. Mari M., ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 34, Atene 2002.

Multiple Concealments from the Sanctuary of Zeus Olympios at Dion: Three Roman Provincial Coin Hoards. Kremydi-Sicilianou S. ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 35, Athens 2004.

Index du Bulletin Epigraphique (1987-2001). 3 Volumes ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 43, Athens 2005, Volume I: Les publications. Aneziri S., Giannakopoulos N., Paschidis P., Volume II: Les mots grecs. Aneziri S., Giannakopoulos N., Volume III: Les mots francais. Aneziri S., Giannakopoulos N.

Rois, Cites, Necropoles. Institutions, rites et monuments en Macedoine, Institute of Greek and Roman Antiquity, Actes de Colloques de Nanterre (decembre 2002) et d'Athenes (janvier 2004). Edites par A.M. Guimier-Sorbets, M.B. Hatzopoulos et Y. Morizot, ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 45, 2006.

The Roman Presence in Macedonia: Evidence from Personal Names, Argyro B. Tataki, ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 46, 2006.

La peinture funeraire de Macedoine. Emplois et fonctions de la couleur, IVe-IIe s. av. J. -C., Hariclia Brecoulaki, vol. 2, ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 48, Athenes 2006.

Prosopography and Onomasticon of Aegean Thrace. Maria-Gabriella Parissaki, ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 49, Athens 2007.

L'histoire monetaire d'Abdere en Thrace (VIe s. av. J.-C. - IIe s. ap. J.-C.). Katerina Chryssanthaki-Nagle ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 51, Athenes 2007.

Φωνής χαρακτήρ εθνικός. Actes du Ve Congres International de Dialectologie Grecque, Athenes 28-30 septembre 2006. Sous la direction de M.B. Hatzopoulos. Avec la collaboration de Vassiliki Psilakakou, ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 52, Athenes 2007.

Thrakika zetemata I. Sous la direction de Louisa D. Loukopoulou et Selene Psoma. Avec la collaboration d' Athena Iakovidou, ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 58, Athenes 2008.

Between City and King: Prosopographical Studies on the Intermediaries Between the Cities of the Greek Mainland and the Aegean and the Royal Courts in the Hellenistic Period (322-190 BC). Paschidis Paschalis. ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 59, Athens 2008.

Coins from Maroneia and the Classical City at Molyvoti: A contribution to the History of Aegean Thrace. Psoma Selene, Karadima Chryssa, Terzopoulou Domna. ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 62, Athens 2008.

Thrakika zetemata II: Aspects of the Roman Province of Thrace, Maria-Gabriella Parisaki (ed.), ΜΕΛΕΤΗΜΑΤΑ 69, Athens 2013.


Επιγραφές Άνω Μακεδονίας (Ελίμεια, Εορδαία, Νότια Λυγκηστίς, Ορεστίς). Τόμος 1. Κατάλογος Επιγραφών. Ριζάκης Θ., Τουράτσογλου Γ. Αθήνα 1985

Επιγραφές Κάτω Μακεδονίας (μεταξύ του Βερμίου όρους και του Αξιού ποταμού). Τεύχος Α΄: Επιγραφές Βέροιας. Γουναροπούλου Λ., Χατζόπουλος Μ.Β. Mε τη συνεργασία των Νίγδελη Π. και Σουρή Γ., Αθήνα 1998.

Επιγραφές της Θράκης του Αιγαίου: μεταξύ των ποταμών Νέστου και Έβρου (νομοί Ξάνθης, Ροδόπης και Έβρου). Λουκοπούλου Λ., Ζουρνατζή Α., Παρισάκη Μ.Γ., Ψωμά Σ., Αθήνα 2005. 


Σίδη: νομισματοκοπία, επιγραφές και ιστορία μιας αρχαίας ελληνικής πόλης στην Τουρκία. Κατάλογος έκθεσης. Franke P.P. κ.ά. Μετάφραση: Λιάμπη Κ., Παπακωνσταντίνου- Διαμαντούρου Δ., Αθήνα 1990

Αρχαία Βέροια: Μελέτη τοπογραφίας. Brocas-Deflassieux L. Συνέκδοση: Δήμος Βέροιας και ΕΙΕ/ΚΕΡΑ-Παράρτημα Βέροιας, Βέροια 1999

Beroia, cite de Macedoine : etude de topographie antique. Brocas-Deflassieux L. Coedition: Municipalite de Beroia et FNRS/CRAGR-Annexe de Beroia, Beroia 1999.

Η χώρα των Πιέρων. Συμβολή στην τοπογραφία της. Πίκουλας Γ.Α. Συνέκδοση Δήμος Πιερέων Καβάλας και ΕΙΕ/ΚΕΡΑ, Αθήνα 2001.

Η Θράκη στον ελληνο-ρωμαϊκό κόσμο. Πρακτικά του 10ου Διεθνούς Συνεδρίου Θρακολογίας, Κομοτηνή-Αλεξανδρούπολη 18-23 Οκτωβρίου 2005. Επιμέλεια εκδόσεως: Αθηνά Ιακωβίδου, Αθήνα 2007.



a) Ongoing collaboration with academic institutions in Greece:

  • Ionian University (Members of the Northern Greece Programme collaborate in the project "THALES-Ionian University: Edition of epigraphic sources and documentation of the history of ancient Macedonia")
  • University of Athens (on the «Aristeia» Research Programme)
  • 28th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (Amphipolis) (on the publication of coin finds)
  • 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (on the publication of inscriptions, coin finds and the study of the wall paintings of Vergina)
  • 16th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (Thessaloniki) (on the publication of inscriptions and coin finds)
  • 19th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (Komotini) (on the publication of inscribed tombstones)
  • 4th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (Nafplion) (Argos wall-paintings)
  • 38th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (Kalamata) (wall-paintings from Pylos)
  • National Archaeological Museum (pigments' analysis)
  • The Ormylia Art Diagnosis Center and NCSR Demokritos (late antiquity manuscripts).


b) International Collaborations with:

  • the Bulletin Epigraphique
  • the Ecole Francaise d'Athenes (co-organization of seminars and conferences)
  • the Research Unit "Archeologies et Sciences de l'Αntiquite" (CNRS-University of Paris Ι and Paris X)
  • the Annee Epigraphique (CNRS team project)
  • the British Academy (The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names project)
  • the British Museum and the National Library of France (Roman Provincial Coinage project)
  • the Berlin-Bradenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Inscriptiones Graecae project).
  • the University of Copenhagen (Copenhagen Associations Project, 2012-2015)
  • the Princeton University (Oxford Handbook of Greek Epigraphy)
  • the Department of Classics of the University Cincinnati and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (The Pylos Regional Archaeological Progamme)
  • the University Paris X - Nanterre: (The 'Aristeia' Programme and an international conference on the northern Greek periphery)
  • the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus (The painted sarcophagi from Kition)
  • the University of Sorbonne, Paris (for the co-organization of the conference on the posthumous Alexander coinage)
  • the University of Oxford (co-publication of a monograph on the funerary monuments from ancient Macedonia; participation in the project "Beyond the Borders. The History and Archaeology of Northern Greece" -
  • the University of Venice (on the organisation of an international conference on the northern Greek periphery).



On-line publication of digital collections (in collaboration with the National Documentation Centre).

  • Bronze Coins of the Macedonian Kings (detailed descriptions, digital photographs, and literature on more than 1.500 coins)
  • Inscriptions from Upper Macedonia, from the Leukopetra Sanctuary (Emathia), and from Aegean Thrace (text, detailed description, digital photographs, and bibliography)


Prizes - Distinctions

  • 1998: M.B. Hatzopoulos was elected a foreign member of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres of the Institut de France.
  • 2000: M.B. Hatzopoulos received the Bronze Medal of the Academy of Athens for his work.
  • 2006: L. Loukopoulou received the Bronze Medal of the Academy of Athens for her work.
  • 2007: H. Brekoulaki's monograph La peinture funeraire de Macedoine. Emplois et fonctions de la couleur en Macedoine (MELETEMATA 48, Athenes 2006) was awarded the Prize of the Academy of Athens.
  • 2010: D. Andrianou's monograph The Furniture and Furnishings of Ancient Greek Houses and Tombs (Cambridge University Press, 2009) was awarded the Olga Tsakatika-Despotopoulou Prize of the Academy of Athens.
  • 2013: S. Kremydi was nominated Robinson Fellow by the University of Oxford.



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