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Helene Whittaker

Professor

Helene Whittaker
Professor , Head of Department
Academic degree: Doctor
helene.whittaker@gu.se
+46 31 786 4514

Room number: 2429
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86, plan 4 , 41261 Göteborg


Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.historiskastudier.gu.se
historia@gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 4456

Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86 , 412 61 Göteborg

About Helene Whittaker

My research is mainly concerned with the Greek Bronze Age, in particular Mycenaean and Minoan religion. My doctoral dissertation dealt with Mycenaean cult buildings (published in a revised form as Mycenaean Cult Buildings. A Study of their Architecture and Function in the Context of the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, The Norwegian Institute at Athens 1997).

Much of my later research has concentrated on social and ideological aspects of religious beliefs and practice. In my recent book Religion and Society in the Middle Bronze Age and Early Mycenaean Periods (Cambridge University Press 2014), I review and discuss the evidence for religion in the Middle Helladic and early Mycenaean periods. A major premise is that religion should not be discussed in isolation from its social, political, and cultural context.

I have also published on the Aegean in the wider European context during the Bronze Age, with a particular focus on the ways in which Aegean material and research are used in interpretations of material found in Scandinavia and central Europe (eg. The Aegean Bronze Age in Relation to the Wider European Context. Papers from a Session at the Eleventh Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Cork, 5-11 September 2005, Archaeopress 2008).

My educational background is in Classical philology and I have also published on a variety of topics within different areas of Greek and Roman history, literature, and culture. My publications on the Imperial Cult and on Greece in the Roman period reflect my interest in combining archaeological and textual evidence. I also have strong research interests in Neoplatonism and in pagan and early Christian asceticism.

At present, I am working on a monograph on the transition from the Greek Bronze Age to the Iron Age.

Latest publications

The Sea Peoples and the Collapse of Mycenaean Palatial Rule
Helene Whittaker
"Sea Peoples" Up-To-Date. New Research on Transformations in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 13th - 11th Centuries BCE. Proceedings of the ESF-Workshop held at the Austrian Academy of Sciences Vienna 3-4 November 2014, Wien, Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Stones with Depressions in Bronze Age Crete
Helene Whittaker
14th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium, University of Oslo, June 6 - June 10, 2017, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Ideological and Religious Aspects of Warfare in the Aegean Bronze Age
Helene Whittaker
Warfare, Environment, Social Inequality and Peace Conference. May 25-28, 2017, Seville, Spain, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

The North from the Perspective of the Greek Mainland in the Late Bronze Age
Helene Whittaker
New Perspectives on the Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 13th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium held in Gothenburg 9th to 13th June 2015 / edited by Sophie Bergerbrant and Anna Wessman, Oxford, Archaeopress, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Knossos
Helene Whittaker
Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Eric Orlin (red.), London, Routledge, Encyclopedia entry 2016
Encyclopedia entry

Horns and Axes
Helene Whittaker
Metaphysis. Ritual, myth and symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age. / Authors: Alram Stern, Eva Blakolmer, Fritz Deger-Jalkotzy et al., Leuven, Peeters Publishers, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Cave Sanctuaries
Helene Whittaker
Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions / general editor Eric Orlin ; associate editors Lisbeth S. Fried, Jennifer Wright Knust, and Michael L. Satlow, London, Routledge, Encyclopedia entry 2016
Encyclopedia entry

Mycenaeans
Helene Whittaker
Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, London, Routledge, Encyclopedia entry 2016
Encyclopedia entry

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2017

The Sea Peoples and the Collapse of Mycenaean Palatial Rule
Helene Whittaker
"Sea Peoples" Up-To-Date. New Research on Transformations in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 13th - 11th Centuries BCE. Proceedings of the ESF-Workshop held at the Austrian Academy of Sciences Vienna 3-4 November 2014, Wien, Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Stones with Depressions in Bronze Age Crete
Helene Whittaker
14th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium, University of Oslo, June 6 - June 10, 2017, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Ideological and Religious Aspects of Warfare in the Aegean Bronze Age
Helene Whittaker
Warfare, Environment, Social Inequality and Peace Conference. May 25-28, 2017, Seville, Spain, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

The North from the Perspective of the Greek Mainland in the Late Bronze Age
Helene Whittaker
New Perspectives on the Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 13th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium held in Gothenburg 9th to 13th June 2015 / edited by Sophie Bergerbrant and Anna Wessman, Oxford, Archaeopress, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

2016

Knossos
Helene Whittaker
Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Eric Orlin (red.), London, Routledge, Encyclopedia entry 2016
Encyclopedia entry

Horns and Axes
Helene Whittaker
Metaphysis. Ritual, myth and symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age. / Authors: Alram Stern, Eva Blakolmer, Fritz Deger-Jalkotzy et al., Leuven, Peeters Publishers, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Cave Sanctuaries
Helene Whittaker
Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions / general editor Eric Orlin ; associate editors Lisbeth S. Fried, Jennifer Wright Knust, and Michael L. Satlow, London, Routledge, Encyclopedia entry 2016
Encyclopedia entry

Mycenaeans
Helene Whittaker
Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, London, Routledge, Encyclopedia entry 2016
Encyclopedia entry

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