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Marco Santini

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Before coming to Princeton in Fall 2016, I was trained at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (2011-2016) and at the University of Pisa (2011-2016), where I earned a BA (July 2014) and an MA in Classics (July 2016). At Princeton I am a member of the Program in the Ancient World, and over the last three years I participated in the Exchange Scholar Program with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania (2016/17 and 2017/18), and joined the Inter-University Consortium program with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (NYU, Fall 2018).

Specializing in Greek History and Epigraphy and in the History of the Ancient Near East, I am mostly (but not only) interested in cultural exchange and integration between Greeks and non-Greeks, ethnic identity, cultural memory, the Greeks and the indigenous populations of Asia Minor, the contacts between Greece and the Ancient Near East, ancient trade and economy, the languages of the ancient Mediterranean (especially Anatolian and Semitic). Over the last few years, I have devoted a substantial part of my research to the Hellenistic epigraphical poem known as ‘The Pride of Halikarnassos’, trying to set its mythological and cultural significance in the historical background of Halikarnassos and emphasizing its role in the shaping of the city’s identity. Some of the results of this work have been condensed into two articles: “A Multi-Ethnic City Shapes Its Past: The ‘Pride of Halikarnassos’ and the Memory of Salmakis”, ASNP s. V, 8/1 (2016), 3-35, and “Bellerophontes, Pegasos and the Foundation of Halikarnassos. Contributions to the Study of the Salmakis Inscription”, SCO 63 (2017), 109-143. My last piece on the cultural history of Halikarnassos, entitled “A Rhetoric of Accumulation: The Multi-Ethnic Core of Halikarnassos in the Antiquarian and Public Discourse”, is forthcoming in the Proceedings of the Ascona 2018 International Conference Beyond All Boundaries: Anatolia in the 1st Millennium BC, edited by A. Payne and J. Wintjes.

I also collaborated on the Scuola Normale project for a new online database of “Greek Economic Inscriptions” (GEI), and I am currently partaking in the international project “Material Entanglements in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond”, funded by the Getty Foundation and hosted by the Johns Hopkins University and the National Hellenic Research Foundation, with a special focus on Anatolian multilingual epigraphy. At Princeton, I served as an Assistant in Instruction (Preceptor) for the lecture courses CLA 216 “Archaic and Classical Greece” (Prof. Marc Domingo Gygax, Fall 2018), and HUM 245 “Creation Stories: Babylonian, Biblical and Greek Cosmogonies Compared” (Prof. Johannes Haubold, Spring 2019).

My doctoral project focuses on the emergence of new forms of power from the local aristocracies of the Early Iron Age Mediterranean, with a special attention to the Greek and the neo-Hittite societies, and addresses the cultural and diplomatic interactions along the Anatolian ‘land route’ between East and West. For the academic year 2019/2020 my dissertation research is funded by the Donald and Mary Hyde Academic-Year Fellowship for Research Abroad in the Humanities, and I will carry it out at the Historisches Seminar of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich.