Carving Communities in Stone

How was large-scale connectivity established in a world before phones, TV and the internet? How could an exquisitely slow and static medium like text inscribed in stone possibly contribute to the formation of a sense of community across kingdoms and the Mediterranean?

This website is dedicated to a PhD project that aims to better understand the sense of community that existed between Greek cities in the early Hellenistic period (ca. 330-150 BCE), by looking at how inscribed decrees functioned as a medium in their interactions. This research is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and is conducted at the University of Groningen.

My name is Sjoukje Kamphorst and on this small corner of the Internet, I share the outlines and preliminary results of my dissertation research.

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