KLEOS Issue 5, 2022 is coming soon!

The fifth Kleos issue is on its way! As always we are proud to present the work of starting scholars of (r)MA or PhD-level.

The papers included in the issue cover a wide range of subjects. Below, we present you the authors and their papers one by one. Once we publish Issue 5, all the papers will be accessible here as well.

Previous Issues of Kleos can be found on our Previous Issues page.


By Cagla Umsu-Seifert

This article discusses the philosophical approach of the Neoplatonic commentator Olympiodorus from a narratological perspective. In this commentary, Olympiodorus emphasizes the superiority of philosophical knowledge. Umsu shows that a narratological approach provides an understanding of Olympiodorus exegetical method: he interacts with his narratees through the Platonic dialogue, in which an important role is reserved for stories dealing with Plato himself.

Cagla Umsu-Seifert has studied Classics in Istanbul, Berlin and Munich. She completed her PhD in Greek Philology at LMU Munich in 2021 with a thesis on Olympiodorus’ Commentary on Alcibiades. She researches on late-antique philosophy and literature, with a focus on the reception of Plato and literary strategies in Neoplatonic commentaries. She currently works as a lecturer at the Department of Greek Philology at LMU Munich.


By Sara Mura

In her paper, entitled Ethical Considerations in Narratives of Death: The Case of the Tophet, Sara Mura dives into the ethics of archaeological mortuary narratives. Though the topics of ethics has been a main focus in mortuary archaeology, the ethics involved in the creation of archaeological mortuary narratives have gotten lesser attention. Taking its cue from Pluciennik’s ethical assumptions regarding the narrative means of archaeological communication and applying them to a case study of how archaeologist have interpreted the archaeological mortuary data on child deaths in so-called Phoenician Tophet sanctuaries, she shows how archaeologist are active agents who have the power to shape mortuary narratives. By doing this, Mura wants to raise questions surrounding our responsibilities as archaeologists and start a discussion on best practices for sensitive archaeological mortuary narratives.

Sara Mura is a PhD candidate (self-funded) at the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA) at the University of Amsterdam. She holds Master’s degrees in Archaeology and History of Arts (Cagliari) and Near Eastern and Mediterranean Archaeology (Leiden). Her main research interests lie in mortuary rituals and sensory archaeology in the Classic Mediterranean.


Suzanne den Boef

The review is about the ARCHON Day 2021, which took place in October 2021. With this year’s theme ‘Decolonising Archaeology’, this event aimed to unite Research Master and PhD students with researchers and professors to spark debates about this current issue in archaeology. The review starts off with a summary of the keynote lecture, workshop, and panel discussion during the event. In the second part of the paper, the author points out some of the central themes shared during the event and provides a synthesis of its main conclusions.

Suzanne den Boef is currently a Research Master student at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. When she was a bachelor’s student in Archaeology, she discovered that she is very fond of ancient Greek sanctuaries. At present, she is writing her RMa thesis on the cult of Demeter in Greek apoikiai (‘home’, ‘away from home’).


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