Carlos Hernández Garcés

PhD Candidate
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Academic Interests




PhD project

The workings of the axis memory-truth that proved so seminal in Greek thought play also an important role in Herodotus’ Histories, both at the level of the composition (historian’s task) and at the level of the plot (narrative device). The enactment of the interrelation between memory and truth takes place on a stage whose scenery is inspired by an implicit understanding of time and whose stage machinery are Herodotus’ analytic tools. The fact that the focus in the study of the Histories has traditionally been laid on the amount of data liable to be corroborated as true in the observable world has eclipsed the importance of the work as a receptacle of collective memory. The kind of truth derived from collective memory is not necessarily provable in the physical world but remains genuinely true in the collective mind nonetheless. Thus, through the agency of collective memory, time solidifies into an account of the past that provides the present with a firm foothold to stand on. One crucial means to objectify reality and materialise time into memory is language. Interestingly enough, in Herodotus’ Histories language serves also forgetfulness. Additionally, language plays a vital role in the subsequent analytical stage of historization and in the implementation of a language kit in which to accommodate the historiographical budding genre. My research project explores the phenomenon of world-making and collective identity in 5th century BCE Greece through the interplay between language, temporality, history, memory, truth and forgetfulness in Herodotus’ Histories.


Higher education and employment history

2015, September 29 - October 9 Field archaeologist assistant (Iraklia,Greece), The Norwegian Institute at Athens

2015, June 8 - 21 NASK 2015 Archaeological surface survey of the Karystia (Eubea, Greece), The Norwegian Institute at Athens

2015, February 1 - Doctoral research fellow, Dept. of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo

2014, June 16 - 27 NASK 2014 Archaeological surface survey of the Karystia (Eubea, Greece), The Norwegian Institute at Athens

2013 - 2014 Research assistant, Dept. of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo

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2010 - 2012 Research assistant, University of Valladolid

Léxico Jurídico Griego Bizantino - Español

2010 - 2011 MA in Archaeology and Heritage Management, University of Alcala

2009 - 2010 MA in Classics, Autonomous University of Madrid, The Complutense University and University of Alcala

2004 - 2009 BA in Classics, Autonomous University of Madrid

2001 - 2009 (intermittently) Field and laboratory archaeologist assistant, Dublin and Dundalk (Ireland), and Madrid (Spain)




‘Cacophonie archéologiqueʼ, Specimen, revue d'art et d'essai 9 (2016) 17-20.

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Co-author of the lemma ἐγκατατομικός

Translations (English - Spanish)

‘Séneca y la Divinidad: Tradición Estoica y Evoluciones Personalesʼ, Estudios Clásicos 139 (2011) 7-60.

‘Catálogos, priameles y estructura estrófica de la elegía griega arcaicaʼ, Estudios Clásicos 138 (2010) 7-26.

‘La expresión del movimiento en griego e indoeuropeo. Una aproximación tipológicaʼ, Estudios Clásicos 137 (2010) 7-28.

Book Reviews:

‘La ciudad del pez espada. La vida de los griegos en el antiguo Egiptoʼ, Estudios Clásicos 137 (2010) 99-100.

‘Así vivieron en la antigua Grecia. Un viaje a nuestro pasadoʼ, Revista Iris 21 (2010).

Tags: Classics


  • Hernandez Garces, Carlos (2016). Cacophonie archéologique. Specimen.  ISSN 2258-7314.  (9), s 17- 20

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