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Triangulationships: Between Authors, Readers, and Texts in Imperial Literature - 21-22-23/07/2015, C



When talking about literary culture, the historical impact of the Roman Empire might be reduced to one simple idea: things got bigger. Networks of exchange and transmission became larger and, as a result, notions of identity were forced to change. The ideal of a closed literary community came under strain, bending notions of author and reader, while texts travelled vast distances across the empire, proliferating into any number of copies. Processing this change was a key project of literature under the empire.

But more than this, a changing literary world provided the scope to write the rules afresh and make use of tensions not previously in existence. In this conference, therefore, we ask the question: how was the physical interrelationship between readers, writers and texts (their objects) conceptualised, framed and used under the Roman Empire? And so, how did the unprecedentedly large network of the Roman Empire map the points and lines of this triangle in ways new to what had come before?

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 21-22-23/07/2015

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Long Room - Murray Edwards College (Cambridge, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Tom Geue (Bristol) ; Claire Rachel Jackson (Cambridge) ; Francesca Middleton (Cambridge)

INFO: web - triangulationships2015@gmail.com

INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: hasta / until / fino al 12.07.2015 online

- Ponentes / Speaker Registration / Relatori: gratis / free / gratuito

- Inscripción estándar / Standard Delegate Registration / Registrazione ordinaria: £65.00

- Estudiantes de Cambridge (incluidas recepciones) / Cambridge Student Concession (including receptions) / Studenti di Cambridge (inclusi ricevimenti): £15.00

Estudiantes de Cambridge (sin recepciones) / Cambridge Student Concession (without receptions) / Studenti di Cambridge (senza ricevimenti): gratis / free / gratuito

PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA: disponible / avilable / disponibile online

Tuesday 21 July

13:00 - 13:40 registration

13:40 - 14:00 welcoming comments

14:00 - 14:45 Rebecca Langlands (Exeter) - New experiences in exemplarity in the multi-cultural Roman empire

14:45 - 15:30 Katarzyna Jazdzewska (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski) - The author and his readers: Dedicatory prefaces to Plutarch's Moralia

15:30 - 16:00 break

16:00 - 16:45 Jane Heath (Durham) - Squaring the triangle with a Christian miscellany

16:45 - 17:30 Aldo Tagliabue (Heidelberg) - Embodied experience in the Sacred Tales: Religious triangulation between Aristides, the text and his readers

17:30 drinks reception


Wednesday 22 July

10:00 - 10:45 Tim Whitmarsh (Cambridge) - "Literature of consumption": The sensory text

10:45 - 11:00 break

11:00 - 11:45 Sam Hayes (Exeter) - Faces without names: The unknown audience in Martial’s Epigrams

11:45 - 12:30 Alice König (St. Andrews) - Correspondence (and distance) between authors and readers in the prologue to Aelianus Tacticus’ Tactical Theory

12:30 - 14:00 lunch

14:00 - 14:45 Eleni Fassa (Open University of Cyprus) - An epistolic triangle: The correspondence between Iamblichus and Julian the Syrian

14:45 - 15:30 Francesca Martelli (UCLA) - Letters to the editor

15:30 - 16:00 break

16:00 - 16:45 Karen Ní Mheallaigh (Exeter) - Polygons and triangles: Kyranides as a case-study in mutable reading dynamics

16:45 - 17:30 Joseph Howley (Columbia) - Books in hands in the prose book

17:30 - 19:00 break and light reception

19:00 dinner


Thursday 23 July

10:00 - 10:45 John Henderson (Cambridge) - The book worm and the big cheese: Photius audits the library

10:45 - 11:00 break

11:00 - 11:45 Max Leventhal (Cambridge) - A man of letters: Arithmetic, poetry and patronage in the epigrams of Leonides of Alexandria

11:45 - 12:30 Cordula Bachmann (Erfurt) - Examining the three faces of Philostratus’ Imagines

12:30 - 14:00 lunch

14:00 - 14:45 Irene Peirano (Yale) - TBA

14:45 - 15:30 Emma Greensmith (Cambridge) - ‘The things after Homer’? Rethinking the posterity of the Posthomerica

15:30 - 16:00 break

16:00 - 16:45 Jared Hudson (Harvard) - Portable retreats: Pliny, gestatio, and the writerly ride

16:45 - 17:30 William A. Johnson (Duke) - Triangulating publication in Rome

17:30 - 18:00 closing discussion chaired by Simon Goldhill

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