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Internal and External Borders in Epirus

6 giugno 2024
Orario di inizio 
Palazzo Paolo Prodi - Via Tommaso Gar 14, Trento
Aula 001 e a distanza su Zoom
Organizzato da: 
Elena Franchi
Ingresso libero
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5 giugno 2024, 12:00
Staff di Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia
Adolfo J. Domínguez-Monedero (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

The different populations occupying the mainland off the island of Corcyra must have gradually grouped into large national conglomerates during the Archaic period, giving rise to the three great ethne that are attested as early as the 5th century BC: Chaonians, Thesprotians and Molossians. Although they undoubtedly interacted with each other, they seem to have maintained their autonomy but may have competed with each other to increase their territories, defining and modifying their internal and external borders. During the 4th century, differences can be observed between each of these territories, as the progressive move towards the consolidation of koinon-like political structures coexists with diverse internal organisations, perhaps polis-like in some areas (Thesprotia) but certainly "district-like" in others (Molossia).
At the same time as these internal realignments are taking place, the Epirote state (Apeiros) is emerging, headed by the king of the Molossians; although there is still debate about the timing of this, there are strong indications that this process took place during the reign of Alexander I the Molossian and strongly influenced by Philip II of Macedon, who also modified the external boundaries of Epirus and introduced changes in the internal boundaries between the different territories.
The aim of this contribution is to present the data at our disposal in order to try to see what factors come together in these political processes that end up shaping a state out of diverse ethne which, previously, had not been considered to share the same common identity.

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Scientific responsibility and organization: Elena Franchi

ERC, European Research Council