Regionalism in Greece

Regionalism, local identities and Asopids in Central Greece (Thomas Alexander Husøy, Swansea University)

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 10th December 2020
Type: Webinar / Category: Department
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In this paper, I shall focus on the Asopid elements of the regional and sub-regional identities of Phocis and Boeotia in Central Greece. For the purpose of this paper, I shall refer to these identities as regional and sub-regional ethnicities. As a concept, ethnicity can be altered to fit political needs through changing supposed common history, ancestry, and cultural factors. We can see the importance of the changing mythical ancestry in the genealogies in the Central Greek regions of Phocis and Boeotia in their connection to the river-god Asopus. Several eastern Boeotian communities took their eponyms from some daughters of Asopus, whilst a scholion to the Iliad lists the eponym of Phocis, Phocus, as a son of Poseidon and Prone, providing the Phocians with a link to an Asopid ancestry as Prone was another daughter of Asopus. As a concept, genealogies like these served as a crucial aspect of regional and sub-regional identities in ancient Greece, therefore I shall investigate the political symbolism of the Asopid layer of the regional and sub-regional ethnicities in Phocis and Boeotia.