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Practical Approaches to Tibullus the Idealist - 25-26/06/2015, Manchester (England)

The 'forgotten man' of Augustan poetry, Albius Tibullus needs assessment beyond elegy proper and etymology, to see how the wallflower wins through to immortality. Many moderns have written him off, most energetically at the beginning of the 20th Century: 'clearly a minor poet' (T. C. Williams in 1905); 'the simplicity of the thought and diction of Tibullus adapts itself to the needs of those whose knowledge of Latin is comparatively in an early stage' (J. P. Postgate in 1903); 'literary echoes of him are rare, quotations from him are uncommon' (K. F. Smith in 1913). This is unfair: Quintilian called him the 'most terse and elegant writer' of elegy (Inst. 10.1.93), and Ovid called himcultus (Am. 1.15.28). This conference aims to establish why Horace and Ovid esteemed Tibullus enough to dedicate poems (C. 1.33, Epist. 1.4; Am. 3.9) to him, by situating Tibullus in his traditions and contexts.

Topics to be explored include: Tibullus' representation of poetic innovation through his dream mythology; the poet's relationship with the patron Messalla in didactic, religious and other lights; Nemesis, and indeed Marathus and Delia, as 'divine quality'; the impact of Hellenistic and earlier Greek culture (e.g. via Osiris in 1.7), specifically elegy (e.g. the militaristic efforts of Tyrtaeus) or epigram; the elegiac construction of an alternative late Republican and early Augustan military and/or literary history (via addressees, panegyric, etc.); the pervasiveness of Roman comedy and rustic humour (Fescennine verse, flagitatio); Tibullus' place in ancient reception from Virgil onwards (not just confined to the other elegists and Horace); and the debt owed by the book 3 poets, including Sulpicia, who may well all constitute a symposiastic circle of friends and (ex-)lovers, to Tibullan elegy.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 25-26/06/2015

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Manchester (Manchester, England)


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Todo el congreso / all the conference / tutto il convegno: £35

Jueves / Thursday / Giovedi: £14 (£12 reducida / reduced / ridotta)

Viernes / Friday / Venerdi: £25 (£18 reducida / reduced / ridotta)

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

1pm - 2pm Registration & Coffee

2pm - 2.15pm Welcome/Introduction

2.15pm - 3pm Helen Dixon (UCD): Tibullus and his Medieval and Renaissance Readers

3pm - 3.45pm John Henderson (King’s College, Cambridge)/Tibullus 2.4: Going For Broke

3.45pm - 4.15pm Coffee

4.15pm - 5pm Parshia Lee-Stecum (Melbourne): Tibullan Memories

5pm - 7pm Drinks Reception (ClAH Library, Samuel Alexander Building Floor 2)

7pm Conference Dinner (Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant, 81-97 Brook St, M13 6TW)

Friday, 26 June 2015

9am - 9.45am Ian Goh (Manchester): And Sometimes There’ll Be Sorrow: A Tibullan Birthday Hansel

9.45am - 10.30am Jane Burkowski (Oxford): Funerary Imagery in Tibullus

10.30am - 11am Coffee

11am - 11.45am Dunstan Lowe (Kent): ‘Delia, parce’: Disfigurement and Disarray in Elegant Tibullus

11.45am - 12.30pm Erika Zimmermann Damer (Richmond): Tibullan Embodiments: Slaves, Soldiers, and Elegiac Vulnerability

12.30pm - 1.45pm Lunch (1st Floor, Kro Bar, 325 Oxford Rd, M13 9PG)

1.45pm - 2.30pm Nick Ollivère (Royal Holloway/Oxford): ‘As Dreams are Made On’: Undercutting the Dream in Tibullus 1

2.30pm - 3.15pm Brian Breed (UMass Amherst): Tibullus the Historicist

3.15pm - 3.45pm Coffee

3.45pm - 4.30pm Laurel Fulkerson (FSU): Religion, Myth, and Humour: Gods in the Corpus Tibullianum

4.30pm - 5pm Closing Remarks/Discussion

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