nakassis_photo_britstudProfessor, Department of Classics, University of Colorado Boulder

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Research interests

My research focuses on the archaeology and scripts of the Aegean Bronze Age, in particular the administrative practices of the Mycenaean state. I am co-director of the Western Argolid Regional Project. I have published articles on Linear A, Homer and Hesiod, archaeological survey, Greek religion and history, and Mycenaean economy, society and prosopograhy.


Individuals and Society in Mycenaean Pylos (2013)

This book revises our understanding of Mycenaean society through a detailed analysis of individuals attested in the administrative texts from the Palace of Nestor at Pylos in southwestern Greece, ca. 1200 BC. It argues that conventional models of Mycenaean society, which focus on administrative titles and terms, can be improved through the study of named individuals. A new, methodologically innovative prosopography demonstrates that many named individuals were not only important managers of palatial affairs but also high-ranking members of the community. This work significantly broadens the elite class and suggests that the palace was less of an agent in its own right than an institutional framework for interactions amongst individuals and social groups.

Articles and book chapters

2016       M. Galaty, D. Nakassis, and W. Parkinson, “Reciprocity in Aegean Palatial Societies: Gifts, Debt, and the Foundations of Economic Exchange: Introduction,” Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 29.1, 61-70.

2015       “Labor and Individuals in Late Bronze Age Pylos,” in Labor in the Ancient Near East, ed. P. Steinkeller and M. Hudson (Dresden: ISLET-Verlag) 583-615.

2014        W. Caraher, D. Nakassis and D.K. Pettegrew, “Intensive Survey,” in Pyla-Koutsopetria I: Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town. American Schools of Oriental Research Archaeological Reports 21, ed. W. Caraher, R.S. Moore and D.K. Pettegrew (Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research) 17-47.

2014        D. Nakassis and J. Gulizio, “The Minoan Goddess(es): Textual Evidence for Minoan Religion,” in KE-RA-ME-JA: Studies Presented to Cynthia W. Shelmerdine, ed. D. Nakassis, J. Gulizio, and S. A. James  (Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press). Forthcoming.

2013       “Structuration and the State in Mycenaean Greece,” in Agency in Ancient Writing, ed. J. Englehardt (Boulder: University Press of Colorado) 231-247.

2013       J. Englehardt and D. Nakassis, “Introduction: Individual Intentionality, Social Structure, and Material Agency in Early Writing and Emerging Script Technologies,” in Agency in Ancient Writing, ed. J. Englehardt (Boulder: University Press of Colorado) 1-18.

2013       W. Parkinson, D. Nakassis, and M. Galaty, “Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece: Introduction,” American Journal of Archaeology 117.3, 413–422.

2012       “Prestige and Interest: Feasting and the King in Mycenaean Pylos,” Hesperia 81.1, 1–30.

2012       “Labor Mobilization in Mycenaean Pylos,” in Étudies mycéniennes 2010. Actes du XIIIe colloque international sur les textes égéens (Biblioteca di Pasiphae 10), ed. P. Carlier, C. De Lamberterie, M. Egetmeyer, N. Guilleux, F. Rougemont and J. Zurbach (Pisa-Rome: Fabrizio Serra) 269-283.

2011       “Athens, Kylon, and the Dipolieia,” Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 51.3, 363–381.

2011       M. Galaty, D. Nakassis and W. Parkinson, “Introduction: Why Redistribution?” American Journal of Archaeology 115.2, 175–176.

2011       D. Nakassis, M. Galaty and W. Parkinson, “Redistributive Economies from a Theoretical and Cross-Cultural Perspective,” American Journal of Archaeology 115.2, 177–184.

2010       D. Nakassis, M. Galaty and W. Parkinson, “State and Society,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean, ed. E. H. Cline (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 239–250.

2010       “Reevaluating Staple and Wealth Finance at Mycenaean Pylos,” in Political Economies of the Aegean Bronze Age, ed. D. J. Pullen (Oxford: Oxbow Books) 127–148.

2008       “Named Individuals and the Mycenaean State at Pylos,” in Colloquium Romanum, Atti del XII colloquio internazionale di Micenologia, Roma, 20–25 febbraio 2006, ed. A. Sacconi, M. del Freo, L. Godart and M. Negri (Rome: Fabrizio Serra) 549–561.

2006       T. F. Tartaron, T. E. Gregory, D. J. Pullen, J. S. Noller, R. M. Rothaus, J. L. Rife, L. Diacopoulos, R. L. Schon, W. R. Caraher, D. K. Pettegrew, and D. Nakassis, “The Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey: Integrated Methods for a Dynamic Landscape,” Hesperia 75.4, 453–523.

2006       W. Caraher, D. Nakassis and D. Pettegrew, “Siteless Survey and Intensive Data Collection in an Artifact-Rich Environment: Case Studies from the Eastern Corinthia, Greece,” Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 19.1, 7–43.

2004       “Gemination at the Horizons: East and West in the Mythical Geography of Archaic Greek Epic,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 134.2, 215–233.

2003       D. Nakassis and K. Pluta, “Linear A and Multidimensional Scaling,” in Metron: Measuring the Aegean Bronze Age, Aegaeum 24, ed. K.P. Foster and R. Laffineur (Liège and Austin: Université de Liège/The University of Texas at Austin) 335–342.