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The Poetry and Aesthetics of Late Antiquity - 03-04/09/2015, Edinburgh (Scotland)

Both Latin and Greek poetry went through a renaissance in late antiquity, a time characterised by literary invention and experimentation, but little attention has been given to the shared poetics and aesthetics of the age. This is all the more remarkable because paideia, literary culture and education, was an essential unifying factor in a disintegrating Roman empire, and that both Latin and Greek writers were deeply conscious of being heirs to a long literary heritage.

Our conference addresses this gap in current research. The literary renaissance of late antiquity offers a model for cross-cultural exchange; we aim to measure the links between the two traditions, distinct yet related, analysing new shifts in each tradition, the overlaps and the responses, where they match and where they differ.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 03-04/09/2015

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: School of History, Classics and Archaeology - University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Aaron Pelttari ; Catherine Ware ; Calum Maciver (U. of Edinburgh)


INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: £50 (online hasta/until/fino al 02.09.2015)


Thursday, 3rd September

2.00-2.30 Registration

2.30-3.00 Welcome and introduction from organisers

3.00-3.45 Laura Miguélez-Cavero ‘Aesthetics and poetics of reception in Nonnus’ Paraphrase of the Gospel of John’

3.45-4.30 Scott McGill, ‘Juvencus and the earthly ornaments of language’

4.30-5.00 Coffee

5.00-6.00 Keynote address: Professor Philip Hardie, Cambridge ‘Metamorphosis and mutability in late antique epic’

6.30-7.30 Wine reception

8.00 Conference dinner

Friday, 4th September

9.30-10.15 Roger Green, ‘Latin epics of the Old Testament?’

10.15-11.00 Emily Kneebone, ‘Didactic poetry of the imperial period: ordering knowledge’

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.15 Berenice Verhelst, ‘Nonnus and Poetics’

12.15-1.00 Cosetta Cadau, ‘Colluthus and Claudian: a Latin model for the Abduction of Helen’

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-2.45 Katerina Carvounis, ‘Competition in imperial Greek poetry’

2.45-3.30 Gavin Kelly, ‘Later Latin poets read Lucretius’

3.30-4.00 Coffee

4.00-4.45 Helen Kaufmann, ‘The implosion of poetic genre in late antiquity’

4.45-5.00 Concluding remarks

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