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Cover page of Ὁ οἶκος τοῦ τριηράρχου Ἀρχεδήμου καὶ ὁ δῆμος τῶν Αὐριδῶν: παρατηρήσεις σὲ ἕνα νέο ἀττικὸ ἐπιτύμβιο μνημεῖο

Ὁ οἶκος τοῦ τριηράρχου Ἀρχεδήμου καὶ ὁ δῆμος τῶν Αὐριδῶν: παρατηρήσεις σὲ ἕνα νέο ἀττικὸ ἐπιτύμβιο μνημεῖο


In 2007, a very tall funerary stele with a palmette and two rosettes in relief was discovered near the cemetery of Schistos, within the confines of the modern municipality of Perama. The inscribed stele was published in the Archaiologikon Deltion of 2009 by Mrs. Petritaki, who did not put forward any prosopographical identifications. Upon restoring the demotic of the two deceased as [Α]ὐρίδης, I tentatively submit that the stele commemorated two members of an Athenian propertied family of the 4th cent. B.C. and that the first deceased, Archedemos son of Archippos of Auridai, should be identified as the trierarch Archedemos of IG II2 1609. Besides I suggest, very hesitantly, that the new stele can be used to place the tiny deme of Auridai, whose location has been hitherto unknown, in the area of Perama, across Salamis. My tentative identification tallies well with the extant scholarly consensus that Auridai belonged to the coastal trittys of the tribe Hippothontis and receives further corroboration from the etymological connection of the deme’s name with the noun αὔρα (sea breeze).

Cover page of Edgar J. Goodspeed, America’s First Papyrologist

Edgar J. Goodspeed, America’s First Papyrologist


This is a study whose main sources are archival, principally Edgar J. Goodspeed’s “Student Travel Letters” from 1899–1900. These letters home recount Goodspeed’s daily and sometimes hourly activities during nearly two years abroad, in continental Europe, England, Egypt, and the Holy Land, in pursuit of scholarly seasoning. The book’s focus is on his engagement with the newly emergent field of papyrology—the decipherment and study of the ancient Greek manuscripts then being discovered in Egypt. The letters allow for a tracking of this engagement in far greater depth than that allotted in his 1953 autobiography, As I Remember, or in his 90-page unpublished memoir, “Abroad in the Nineties,” filling in some apparently intentional gaps, casting doubt on some of his later self-assessments but putting much additional substance to the claim that he was indeed “America’s First Papyrologist.” The result, part biography, part travelogue, part diary, part academic history, is a description of Goodspeed’s progress, beginning with his enthusiastic commitment to the fledgling field in the late 1890s, ending with his abandonment of it in the early 1900s, possibly a result of his complicated dealings with Oxford papyrologist Bernard P. Grenfell in the fateful summer of 1900. Along the way the book introduces the reader to the world of papyrology in its early days, but it is mainly an account of one budding scholar’s experiences in pursuit of recognition in that subject, a story that has its own complications, narrative arc, and human interest.

Religion and family politics in Hellenistic Kalaureia. Three new inscriptions from the sanctuary of Poseidon


This article presents three unpublished Hellenistic inscriptions from the sanctuary of Poseidon in Kalaureia (modern Poros): two found during archaeological excavations on the site and one recorded in a letter that was once part of Ioannis Kapodistrias’ official correspondence. All three inscriptions were dedicatory and carved on bases supporting portrait statues. Interestingly, they were offered to Poseidon by members of a single family already known from other documents in the Kalaureian epigraphic corpus. Remarkably, eight out of the 18 inscriptions discovered in Kalaureia make repeated references to men and women of this very family, which appears to have materially dominated Poseidon’s temenos and its environs during the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC through the careful placement of portraits of its members. Most of these statues were conspicuously placed by the entrance to the sanctuary, though at least one of them was erected inside of the god’s temple. In our article, we present in detail the three new inscriptions, one of them an epigram, and attempt an analysis of the religious behaviour of this prominent local family against the background of contemporary sociopolitical developments