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Ritual Dynamics in Late Antiquity - 03/06/2015, St Andrews (Scotland)

This colloquium will examine ritual dynamics and practices in Late Antiquity and their links with philosophy, gender studies and historiography. Although the papers focus primarily on the late antique period, some earlier material is included for comparative purposes.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 03/06/2015

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: School of Classics - University of St Andrews (St Andrews, Scotland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr Crystal Addey (U. St Andrews) ; Eleonora Zeper (U. St Andrews)

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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Envíe, por favor, un email a antes del lunes 25 de mayo de 2015 para comunicar tu asistencia, especificando posibles exigencias de dieta / Please email by Monday 25 May 2015 to register your attendance and please specify any dietary requirements / Si prega di inviare una mail a prima del 25 maggio 2015 per la registrazione; si prega di specificare eventuali esigenze dietetiche.


10.00 – 10.15 a.m.: Welcome and Opening Address

10. 15 – 11 a.m.: Dr Crystal Addey (University of St Andrews) – Iamblichus and Proclus on Divination and the Kairos in the Ritual Practices of Late Antiquity

11 – 11.45 a.m.: Dr Ralph Anderson (University of St Andrews) – “Work with the god”: Military Divination and Rational Battle-planning in Xenophon

11.45 – 12.15 a.m.: coffee break

12.15 – 1.00 p.m.: Dr Victoria Leonard (Cardiff University) – The Goddess, the Earth and an Impure Offering? Vestal Virgins and Live Burial

1.00 – 2.00 p.m.: lunch

2.00 – 2.45 p.m.: Ms. Eleonora Zeper (Università di Roma Tre-Tor Vergata) – Sacrifice in Iamblichus and Julian the Emperor: A Path for Eudaimonia

2.45 – 3.30 p.m.: Dr Giuseppe Muscolino (University of Catania) – The Double Aspect of Theurgic Ritual in Porphyry’s Philosophy from Oracles (Philosophia ex oraculis)

3.30 – 4.00 p.m.: coffee break

4.00 – 4.45 p.m.: Dr. Eirini Foteini Viltanioti (University of Oxford) – Porphyry’s “real powers”

4.45 – 5.15 p.m.: Roundtable discussion

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