Ioannis Aslanis, Director of Research, heads the Northern Greece Annex at Beroia.
The Northern Greece Programme included until recently researchers Louisa D. Loukopoulou, Argyro B. Tataki, and Despoina Diamandourou that have recently retired, as well as researchers Anna Panagiotou, Ioannis Pikoulas and Selene Psoma.
1. Objectives (research directions)
This comprehensive research programme, targets a major area of the Greek periphery in antiquity, which was virtually a terra incognita until recently. It is the result of the merger of two of the Centre's earliest teams, working respectively on Macedonia and Thrace, with a more recent one focusing on early Balkan cultures. Its main objective is the collection and publication of the primary sources for the history of Northern Greece in view of creating a solid foundation for the systematic study of political, social, economic and cultural developments in this area. Long term collaborative research projects are producing vast archives of epigraphic, numismatic, onomastic and prosopographic material, which are being
(a) edited and progressively published in corpora and
(b) scientifically exploited by individual researchers of our Centre for the production of systematic monographs, articles and presentations in scientific meetings on various subjects.
Besides, the creation of the Northern Greece Annex at Beroia aims at furthering close interaction with local institutions, specialists and the general public, and collaborative research with neighbouring Balkan states.
(a) Constitution of archives: The members of the Northern Greece team, on the one hand, collect into files the publications relevant to the inscriptions and coins of their study area and, on the other, carry out missions in museums and archaeological collections, but also surveys in the towns and the countryside of Macedonia and Thrace, in order to locate, copy, photograph, take squeezes and casts of epigraphic and numismatic material stored or still in situ. They also undertake similar missions in museums and other institutes of learning all over the world where ancient material is physically kept or documented in the form of photographs, copies, casts or squeezes. The documents garnered in Greece or abroad are entered in the various archives of the Centre and are matched with the corresponding items of the archive of publications. These archives are gradually digitalized.
(b) Corpora. The Programme plans to publish all Greek and Latin inscriptions from Macedonia and Thrace in collaboration with the Archaeological Service and various universities. Five volumes of inscriptions covering Western Macedonia, part of Western-Central Macedonia and Greek Thrace have been published. A sixth volume with the rest of Western-Central Macedonia is underway.
(c) Prosopographical collections. Our Northern Greece team publishes prosopographical collections of cities and larger areas. Prosopographies of Beroia, Edessa, Aegean Thrace, of the Macedonians documented beyond the Macedonian borders and of Roman citizens in Macedonia have already been published.
(d) Numismatic hoards, collections and corpora. One collection of coin hoards and two Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum volumes, two mint studies (one on Abdera and one on Maroneia) áhave hitherto been published. Moreover, a corpus of the silver and bronze coins of the Hellenistic Macedonian koinon is in preparation.
(e) Monographs. The members of the Northern Greece team have published the results of their research in a significant number of monographs, mostly in the ╠┼╦┼ďă╠┴ď┴ series. Not including the works already mentioned under the headings of corpora, prosopographic collections and numismatic hoards etc., another 18 such volumes have hitherto been published.
(f) Articles and communications in conferences etc. See the curricula and lists of publications of individual researchers collaborating in this Programme.
(g) Web Publications (in progress; in collaboration with the National Documentation Centre, funded by the Information Society EU programme):
(i) Bronze coins of the Macedonian kings (with detailed descriptions, digital photographs and bibliographical references);
(ii) Inscriptions from Upper Macedonia, Aegean Thrace and the sanctuary of Leukopetra (text, detailed description, digital photographs and bibliographical references).
h) Seminars and lectures. See the curricula vitae and lists of publications of individual researchers collaborating in this Programme.
(i) International Collaborations.
The Northern Greece Programme collaborates extensively with foreign individuals and organisations, namely:
- the Bulletin Epigraphique, to which it makes regular contributions on Macedonia;
- the research centre "Archeologies et Sciences de l'┴ntiquité " (CNRS-University of Paris ╔ and Paris X);
- the Année Epigraphique (CNRS team project);
- the British Academy (The áLexicon of Greek Personal Names project);
- the British Museum and the National Library of France (Roman Provincial Coinage project).
(j) Scientific Vulgarisation.
Members of the Programme collaborate with public and private companies for the creation of high quality printed and electronic products intended for the general public.
- With Ekdotike Athenon they have edited a volume on the history and culture of Epirus in Greek and in English and another one on Macedonia from Philip II to the Roman conquest in French, Greek and English.
- With the same publishing company they have produced a CD on the history and culture of Macedonia.
- Collaboration with the municipality of Beroia has produced a volume on the topography of ancient Beroia both in Greek and in French and a database and a CD on the history, archaeology and prosopography of Beroia from antiquity to present times.
- A similar database and CD has been produced for Thrace in collaboration with the University of Thrace and several municipalities of Northern Greece.
- Finally a volume devoted to the antiquities of Eastern Pieria is the result of collaboration with the municipality of Drama.
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