The relationship between humans and the environment, which is one of the major current issues for humanity, left many traces that are being discovered in classical studies. Up to now, most studies dealing with this topic were done from the perspective of landscape archaeology. Research in the field of religious studies also addressed the relationship between nature, humans, and the gods. At this conference, the participants will address the issue of environmental awareness in the thought, jurisdiction, and everyday life during ancient times. Their aim is to provide a first reconstruction of consciousness and reflection about the environment, since pollution and the exploitation of natural resources, such as inappropriate water management and deforestation, already took place in ancient times.
The conference devoted to Pollution and the Environment in Ancient Life and Thought is being organized by Dr. Orietta Cordovana from the University of Edinburgh and Dr. Gian Franco Chiai from Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Common Sense Geography Group of the Topoi Cluster of Excellence, a joint research association of Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität. It is being sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
Time and Location
- October 16 to 18, 2014, first event: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday, the meetings will start at 9:30 a.m.
- Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin), Haus Potsdamer Straße, Simon-Bolivar-Saal, Potsdamer Straße 33, 10785 Berlin (Tiergarten); subway and S-Bahnhof: Potsdamer Platz, U 2, S1, S2, S25.