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The Art of Persuasion across Genres and Times - 27-28-29/08/2015, Nicosia (Cyprus)

Most people think of persuasion in antiquity only in the context of the law-court, where two litigants present their arguments in an attempt to persuade the judges. In reality, however, persuasion was employed in antiquity across many genres and this very generic flexibility makes the forms of persuasion an inherently interesting subject for inquiry for scholars of ancient literature. Since antiquity the art of rhetorical persuasion has also been employed in public speaking. Rhetoric is central to political processes and outcomes: it gives the speakers the power to influence their audience to achieve their political aims. Although what we know today as the art of public speaking has undergone continuous change since the days of Pericles, Demosthenes, Cicero, and Quintilian, nevertheless, it has been suggested that Greco-Roman rhetoric has influenced how contemporary politics is articulated. This three-day conference seeks, therefore, to explore the generic conventions, principles, techniques, and results of persuasion in Greco-Roman oratory and historiography and in contemporary political discourse.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 27-28-29/08/2015

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Department of Social and Political Sciences (University of Cyprus)

INFO: web

INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Gratis / free / gratis - Formulario online / Online registration form / modulo di registrazione online


Thursday 27/08/2015

08:30-09:45 Registration/ Tea & coffee

09:45 Welcome: Constantinos Christofides (Rector of the University of Cyprus)

09:55 Welcome: Kyriakos Demetriou (Department of Social and Political Science, University of Cyprus)

10:05 Welcome: Antonis Tsakmakis (Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cyprus)

10:15 Welcome by the organizers: Sophia Papaioannou (University of Athens) & Andreas Serafim (University of Cyprus/ Open University of Cyprus)

10:30 -12:30 Session 1 - Persuasion across times

Chair: Jon Hesk (St Andrews)

10:30-11:00 Christopher Carey (UCL): In praise of the dead: the epitaphios logos ancient and modern

11:00-11:30 Adele Scafuro (Brown): The rhetoric of impeachment: trials in England, the United States, and ancient Greece

11:30-12:00 Brenda Griffith-Williams (UCL): “We’re all in this together”: the art of (un)communication in political discourse

12:00-12:30 Andreas Hetzel (Fatih/ Magdeburg): Persuasive language beyond giving reasons: from Gorgias to Jane Austen

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-16:00 Session 2 - Persuasion in Historiography

Chair: Adele Scafuro (Brown University)

13:30-14:00 Tazuko Angela van Berkel (Leiden): Pericles’ rhetoric of numbers

14:00-14:30 Roger Brock (Leeds): Public and private persuasion in the historical works of Xenophon

14:30-15:00 Antonis Tsakmakis (Cyprus): Thucydides and Mytilene’s revolt: rhetoric and beyond

15:00-15:30 Maria Kythreotou (Cyprus): Persuasion in Thucydidean speeches

15:30-16:00 Jessica Evans (Middlebury): Sophistic effeminacy and Athenian manhood: gendered truths and patriotism in Thucydides' History and Plato's Gorgias

16:00-16:30 Tea & coffee break

16:30-18:30 Session 3 - Persuasion across boundaries: Oratory and Historiography

Chair: Michael Gagarin (Austin)

16:30-17:00 Stephen Todd (Manchester): Greek historians and the language of rhetorical proof

17:00-17:30 Jon Hesk (St Andrews): Thucydides and Xenophon on deliberative pathologies and the contingency of rhetorical situations

17:30-18:00 Rebecca Van Hove (KCL): Oracles as tools of persuasion and sources of authority in Herodotus and Attic Oratory

18:00-18:30 Robert Sing (Cambridge): Assessing Financial Power in War in Thucydides and Demosthenes

18:30 End of panel

18:45-20:00 Keynote lecture

Chair: Antonis Tsakmakis (Cyprus)

Michael Gagarin (Austin): The Greek art of persuasion and its influence

20:00 End of panel

20:30 Dinner at a local restaurant

Friday 28/08/2015

09:00-09:30 Tea & coffee

09:30-11:00 Session 4 - The language, style and performativity of persuasion I

Chair: Christopher Carey (UCL)

09:30-10:00 T. Davina McClain (Northwestern State University): Women Speak: Direct Speech in Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita

10:00-10:30 Andreas Serafim (Cyprus/ OU Cyprus): Persuasive conventions: imperative and questions in Attic oratory

10:30-11:00 Tzu-I Liao (UCL): Rhetoric on the border: De Corona as both judicial and deliberative speech

11:00-11:30 Tea & coffee

11:30-13:00 Session 5 - The language, style and performativity of persuasion II

Chair: Roger Brock (University of Leeds)

11:30-12:00 Eleni Volonaki (Peloponnese): Narrative persuasion in forensic oratory

12:00-12:30 Flaminia Beneventano (Siena): Apophainein. Demonstration and performance between forensic oratory and Herodotus’ Histories

12:30-13:00 Alessandro Vatri (Oxford): Poetry in the Attic lawcourt: how to (re)cite it, and how to recognize it

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Session 6 - Emotional persuasion

Chair: Sophia Papaioannou (Athens)

14:00-14:30 Ricardo Gancz & Gabriel Danzig (Bar Ilan University): Arousing the emotions by speech: an Aristotelian theory

14:30-15:00 Dimos Spatharas (Crete): Enargeia and emotions in the Attic orators

15:00-15:30 Jennifer Devereaux (Southern California University): Embodied metaphor and the rhetoric of emotion in Greek and Latin Prose

15:30-16:00 Sophia Xenophontos (Glasgow): The art of persuasion in Galen’s medical and ethical writings

16:00-16:30 Tea & coffee

16:30-19:00 Session 7 - Persuasion in Roman rhetoric and historiography

Chair: Michael Paschalis (Crete)

16:30-17:00 Thierry Hirsch (Oxford): “Rectumne fuerit ab Oreste matrem occidi”. Examples in the two oldest extant Roman treatises on rhetoric

17:00-17:30 Jakob Wisse (Newcastle): Left to one’s own deliberative devices: orators, historians, and rhetorical theory

17:30-18:00 Victoria Pagan (Florida): Dialogus de Principibus? Tacitus on the art of persuasion in the Julio-Claudian era

18:00-18:30 Benoit Sans (Brussels): Battle Speeches and Narrative Strategies in Ancient Historiography

18:30-19:00 Georgios Vassiliades (Paris IV-Sorbonne): The debate on the lex Oppia in Livy: juxtaposing two failed strategies for persuasion

19:00 End of panel

20:00 Dinner in the hotel

Saturday 29/08/2014

09:00-09:30 Tea & coffee

09:30-11:00 Session 8 - Persuasion across genres: literature I

Chair: Judith Mossman (Nottingham)

09:30-10:00 Costas Apostolakis (Crete): The rhetoric of Athenian imperialism through genres: some aspects in fifth century literature

10:00-10:30 Antonis Petrides (OU Cyprus): λελάληκεν ἡδέως ἐν τῷ βίῳ οὐδενί: Knemon’s apologia pro vita sua in Menander’s Dyskolos

10:30-11:00 Francesca Scrofani (EHESS/ Università degli Studi di Trento): Bodily language of persuasion in Euripides’ Medea

11:00-11:30 Tea & coffee

11:30-13:00 Session 9 - Persuasion across genres: literature II

Chair: Kathryn Tempest (Roehampton)

11:30-12:00 Andreas Michalopoulos (Athens): The art of persuasion in Seneca’s Agamemnon: the debate between Clytemnestra and her nurse

12:00-12:30 Michael Paschalis (Crete): The Art of Ruling an Empire: Persuasion at Point Zero

12:30-13:00 Sophia Papaioannou (Athens): The Poetics and Politics of Persuasion in Ovid’s and Quintus’ Reconstructions of the Hoplon Krisis

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Session 10 - Persuasion across genres: prose

Chair: Stephanos Efthymiades (OU Cyprus)

14:00-14:30 Judith Mossman (Nottingham): A ghostly presence: the strange absence of persuasion from Plutarch’s Cimon

14:30-15:00 Kathryn Tempest (Roehampton): The Pseudepigrapha of M. Junius Brutus: Persuading whom, when, how and why?

15:00-15:30 Margot Neger (Salzburg): Pliny’s Letters and the art of persuasion

15:30 End of panel

15:30-16:00 Closing remarks

Sophia Papaioannou (Athens) & Andreas Serafim (Cyprus/ OU Cyprus)

16:00 End of the conference

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