This project focuses on the study of epigraphic texts from Macedonia, whether newly published within the framework of the project or re-published with new historical commentary. It also concludes bibliographic documentation and study of the history of epigraphic research in Macedonia. These objectives correspond to three core actions, which will be handled by three research groups. It is expected to lead to the publication of the following studies:
I. Bibliography on ancient Macedonia from 1900 to 2010.
II. Collected short papers of the Thessalonikian philologist and epigrapher Petros N. Papageorgiou, with a complete catalogue of his works.
ΙΙΙ. Collected short papers of Professor Dimitrios Kanatsoulis, with a complete catalogue and critical appraisal of his published work.
IV. Epigraphy in Macedonia, based on the works of foreign travelers and rare printed documents from the 19th and 20th centuries.
V. The Notebook of inscriptions compiled by the Danish philologist, archaeologist and architect Karl Frederik Kinch, with a study of the unpublished inscriptions it contains.
VI. Correspondence between Greek and foreign scholars relating to Macedonian antiquities.
VII. Inscriptions from Macedonia mentioned in the archives of the 16th Ephorate of Pre-historic and Classical Antiquities.
VΙΙΙ. Album of photographs of the precisely dated inscriptions from Thessaloniki published by Ch. Edson, with an epigraphic bibliography for the city and an article on the evolution of letter forms in the dated inscriptions.
ΙΧ. Three studies on unpublished epigraphic texts from Thessaloniki.
Χ. Edition of the Amphipolis inscriptions, with an article on the onomastics of ancient Amphipolis and another on the Latin and bilingual (Greek and Latin) inscriptions from this city.
ΧI. Collection of translated and annotated inscriptions from Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Macedonia.
Ancient Macedonia attracted the interest of the scientific community in the last decades of the 20th century with significant results, as the evidence from the international – mainly historical – scholarship shows [see for example M.Zahrnt, Gnomon 65 (1993) 51-52 with a survey of the various opinions that have been propounded]. Apart from the great archaeological discoveries, e.g. the Royal Tombs of Vergina or the Sindos and Derveni Cemeteries, there are important inscriptional finds, which have come to light since 1960, have improved – and to a considerable degree altered – our notion, derived almost exclusively from the literary sources, of the History of Macedonia and have also led to a great number of relevant publications by Greek and, chiefly, foreign scholars [for the, mainly inscriptional, publications see M. B. Hatzopoulos, “A Century and a Lustrum of Macedonian Studies”, Ancient World 4-6 (1981-1983) 91-108]. These publications contribute to the study of the language, the ethnic origin, the political and social history and the culture of the Ancient Macedonians.
The abundance but also the historical importance of the newly found inscriptions led to the organization of conferences as well as to the composition of companions for the Macedonian history edited in Greece and abroad [see e.g. M. B. Sakellariou (ed.), Macedonia – 4000 years of Greek History and Civilization, Athens 1983 and W. L. Adams-E. N. Borza, Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the Macedonian Heritage, Washington 1982]. Besides, in 1970 the triennial International Symposium on Ancient Macedonia was established in collaboration with the Society for the Promotion of Macedonian Studies (Thessaloniki) and the Universities of Thessaloniki, Wisconsin and California. And finally there is the annual meeting of the archaeologists of Macedonia and Thrace. Begun in 1987, it takes place in Thessaloniki having as its object: “The Archaeological Excavations in Macedonia and Thrace”.
The aim of the proposed project is to support basic research in the history of ancient Macedonia. Its outcomes are expected to fill gaps in contemporary research concerning that region; they are:
a) the creation of tools for studying the history of ancient Macedonia; in this category belongs five (5) monographs and seven (7) articles, among which the most important are: the bibliography on ancient Macedonia from 1900 to 2010, reprints of the papers of Petros N. Papageorgiou and Dimitrios Kanatsoulis, an article on the history of the script of the precisely dated inscriptions from Thessaloniki and an album of photographs of these inscriptions.
b) the study and publication or re-publication of epigraphical sources; this category will comprise two (2) monographs and seven (7) articles, such as: the publication of the Notebook of the Danish philologist, archaeologist and architect Karl Frederik Kinch with unpublished inscriptions from Macedonia, articles on unpublished inscriptions from the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the edition of the corpus of the inscriptions from Amphipolis.
c) The publication of a collection of inscriptions from Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Macedonia will also render accessible the most important inscriptions of this region to scholars who are not specialists in epigraphy (archaeologists, philologists, historians of religion etc.), to students of Classical Studies, and to a non-specialist audience.
The final product will constitute a basic reference work for the further study of the Ancient History of the region, since much of the epigraphic material, which is the focus of the project, is either unpublished and thus unknown to the international academic community or scattered in publications of various sorts and uneven – qualitatively, at least – worth (in some cases amateur work) and thus virtually inaccessible.