The Language of Greek Religion

The Language of Greek Religion
12 December 2017, 9.45am - 7.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Room G7, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

A 1-day conference followed by a workshop on 13 December

The conference is a launch event for The Language of Greek 
Religion project, aiming to refine the project's scope and methodology.

Analysis of emic terminology has always been part of the study of 
Ancient Greek religion, yet much of this work has been piecemeal and ad 
hoc. Partial lists of religious vocabulary can be found in the indices 
of monographs and handbooks on Greek religion, but a comprehensive 
Lexicon of Religious Terms is still missing in our field. Its creation 
would go some way towards tapping the potential contained in the 
linguistic data on Greek religion. Further potential, however, is 
contained in contextual usage of religious vocabulary. A process of 
digitally enabled semantic mapping may help us capture the nuances of 
words’ religious usage, and possibly the patterns of religious thinking 
that otherwise escape our notice. The Language of Greek Religion project 
sets out to assemble the Greek religious vocabulary and analyse its 
contextual usage through a combination of manual and digital methods.

The conference is open to the public.


Those interested in the related digital workshop on December 13th should 
get in touch with Irene Polinskaya (

Advance booking is required. 


Valerie James
020 7862 8716