The Province of Achaea in the 2nd Century CE explores the conception and utilization of the Greek past in the Roman province of Achaea in the 2nd century CE, and the reception of the artistic, cultural, and intellectual outputs of this century in later periods.

Achaea, often defined by international scholars as "old Greece", was the only Roman province located entirely within the confines of the Modern Greek state. In many ways, Achaea in the 2nd century CE witnessed a second Golden Age, one based on collective historical nostalgia under Roman imperial protection and innovation. The papers in this volume are holistic in scope, with special emphasis on Roman imperial relations with the people of Achaea and their conceptualizations of their past. Material culture, monumental and domestic spaces, and artistic representations are discussed, as well as the literary output of individuals like Plutarch, Herodes Atticus, Aelius Aristides, and others. The debate over Roman influence in various Hellenic cities and the significance of collective historical nostalgia also feature in this volume, as does the utilization of Achaea’s past in the Roman present within the wider empire. As this century has produced the highest percentage of archaeological and literary material from the Roman period in the province under consideration, the time is ripe to position it more firmly in the academic discourse of studies of the Roman Empire.

The Province of Achaea in the 2nd Century CE will appeal to scholars, students, and other individuals who are interested in the history, archaeology, art, and literature of the Graeco-Roman world and its reception.

chapter 1|10 pages


Collective historical nostalgia in 2nd-century Achaea
ByAnna Kouremenos

part I|80 pages

Social and Literary Approaches to Achaea's Past in the 2nd Century CE

chapter 2|22 pages

Memory and identity among the ephebes of 2nd-century Achaea

ByNigel M. Kennell

chapter 3|21 pages

Pausanias book X

A detour to the fringes of “classical” Greece
ByFrank Daubner

chapter 4|17 pages

Hadrian and the dramatic festivals of Achaea

ByMali Skotheim

chapter 5|18 pages

The battle of Chaeronea

nostalgia vs. idealism in 2nd-century Greek prose
BySulochana R. Asirvatham

part II|100 pages

The Greek Past in the Roman Present: Politics and Religion

chapter 6|24 pages

Hadrianos Olympios Panhellenios

Worshipping Hadrian in Athens
ByFrancesco Camia

chapter 7|26 pages

Remembering Philopoemen

Achaean pasts and presents of Messene under Rome
ByEliza Gettel

chapter 8|23 pages

Politics of the past

Marcus Aurelius and Commodus in Achaea
ByGiorgos Mitropoulos

chapter 9|25 pages

Herodes Atticus and the sanctuaries of Achaea

Reinterpreting the Roman present via the Greek past
ByEstelle Strazdins

part III|123 pages

Past and Present in the Visual Culture of “Old Greece”

chapter 10|30 pages

Remembering classical Greece

Hadrianic and Antonine imperial portrait sculpture
ByPanagiotis Konstantinidis

chapter 11|24 pages

Between the local past and a global phenomenon

Isiaca in 2nd-century Achaea
ByDafni Maikidou-Poutrino

chapter 12|36 pages

Sculpture for “ordinary” people in 2nd-century Achaea 1

ByStylianos E. Katakis

chapter 13|31 pages

The past in the round

Roman provincial coinage in the Argolid
ByDavid Weidgenannt

part IV|70 pages

Beyond Spatial and Temporal Boundaries: Hadrian and The Reception of Achaea's Past

chapter 14|28 pages

Hispania Graeca

Hadrian as a champion of Hellenic culture in the West
ByJuan Manuel Cortés Copete

chapter 15|30 pages

“The City of Hadrian and not of Theseus”

A cultural history of Hadrian's Arch
ByAnna Kouremenos

chapter |10 pages


ByEwen Bowie