Marco Santini
Marco Santini

Marco Santini

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Before coming to Princeton in Fall 2016, I was trained at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) and at the University of Pisa, where I earned a BA (July 2014) and an MA in Classics (July 2016). My major fields of study are Greek History and Epigraphy and my main research interests include cultural contacts, exchange and integration between Greeks and non-Greeks, ethnic identity, cultural memory, the history of Greeks and indigenous populations of Asia Minor, the relations between Greece and the Ancient Near East, ancient trade and economy, the languages of the ancient Mediterranean – especially Anatolian and Semitic ones.  

I 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, «Annali della Scuola Normale di Pisa. Classe di Lettere e Filosofia» s. V, 8/1 (2016), pp. 3-35, and Pegasos, Bellerophontes and the Foundation of Halikarnassos. Contributions to the Study of the Salmakis Inscription, forthcoming in «Studi Classici e Orientali» 63 (2017).

I also collaborated on the SNS Project for an online database of Greek Economic Inscriptions (GEI), currently in preparation, with a commentary on two Hellenistic inscriptions, a honorary decree from Telmessos (Lycia) for Ptolemy son of Lysimachos and a decree from Olymos (Karia) concerning purchase of land. 

For my future research, I would like to focus on early contacts between the Greek ‘West’ and the non-Greek ‘East’ (Anatolia, Levant, Near East), as reflected in material culture and perceived in contemporary and/or later written sources, with the parallel hope to pursue, too, my keen interest in learning ancient languages.

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