28 November 2017 Start
28 November 2017 End
5.00 p.m. Time
Greece Italian School of Archaeology at Athens, Parthenonos 14, Athens


A celebration of the work of Martin P. Nilsson

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Swedish Institute at Athens is celebrating the memory of Martin P. Nilsson  at the Italian School of Archaeology at Athens, with the following lectures in ancient Greek religion:

Jon D. Mikalson, University of Virginia:
Martin P. Nilsson and the Geschichte, Vol. 1

Eftychia Stavrianopoulou, Universität Heidelberg:
Hellenistic religion(s): Revisiting Martin P. Nilsson’s Geschichte der griechischen Religion. II: Die hellenistische und römische Zeit

Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge, Collège de France :
To be ‘popular’ or not to be… Nilsson’s Greek folk religion and afterwards

Matthew Haysom, Newcastle University:
Nilsson in the Bronze Age: the place of prehistory in the history of Greek religion


More about Martin P. Nilsson:

Martin Persson Nilsson (1874–1967) was a Swedish philologist, and a scholar of the Greek and Roman religious systems. In his prolific studies, he combined the literary evidence with the archaeological evidence, linking historic and prehistoric evidence for the evolution of the Greek mythological cycles. In 1909 he was appointed the first Professor of Ancient Greek, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University.

Nilsson is perhaps the most influential Swedish classicist of all times. His best-known work in German is Geschichte der griechischen Religion in the Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft. He had previously published it under the title Den grekiska religionens historia (1922). His best-known work in English is Minoan-Mycenaean religion, and its survival in Greek religion.