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Flavian Campania - 16-17-18/09/2015, Napoli (Italy)



Campania occupies a prominent role in the literature of the Flavian period, as an area well-known for its fertility, spectacular villas, but also as a place of poetic activity (Statius and Silius Italicus in particular). Statius and Martial celebrate Campania in the Silvae and the Epigrams respectively, while the area is featured also in the epic poems of the period (e.g., Valerius Flaccus’ description of Vesuvius’ eruption), especially in the Punica, as the place where Hannibal spends considerable time during the Second Punic War (Liternum, Capua, Campi Phlegraei).

The International Conference Flavian Campania seeks proposals by researchers in the Flavian period (Greek and Latin authors) who will discuss these literary representations and perspectives of Campania in a variety of authors and genres (epic, lyric poetry, epigram, historiography, natural history, geography, ethnography).


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 16-17-18/09/2015


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Napoli, Italy)


ORGANIZADORES/ORGANIZERS/ORGANIZZATORI: Antony Augoustakis (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign),Claudio Buongiovanni (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II), R. J.Littlewood (Indipendent scholar - Oxford), and Arianna Sacerdoti (Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli


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Wednesday, 16th September (Napoli, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici,
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

2.00 pm Registration
2.30-3.30 pm Plenary Session
Gianpiero Rosati (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa): Mito e laudes Campaniae
in Stazio

3. 30 - 5. 00 p. m . The Landscape of Campania
Arianna Sacerdoti (Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli): Vesuvius,
Landscape, and Poetics in Flavian Poetry
Darcy Krasne (University of Missouri): The Fires of Campania: Typhoeus and
the Theomachic Tradition
Nikoletta Manioti (University of St. Andrews): Inarime: The Literary Fate of
a Place Name
5. 00 - 5. 30 p. m. Break

5. 30 - 7. 00 pm Campania in its Historical Context
Victoria Emma Pagàn (University of Florida): Campania in the Year 69
Lauren Ginsberg (University of Cincinnati): From Bauli to Baiae: Agrippina's
Death in the Flavian Poetic Imagination
Paola Carfora (Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli): Pauper sulci
cerealis: Archaeological Data from Abella (Roccarainola) in the Flavian

Thursday, 17th September (Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Dipartimento di Lettere
e Beni culturali, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli)
9.00- 10.00 a. m.Plenary Session
Alison Keith (University of Toronto): Silius' Cumae and its Augustan Models

10. 00 - 10. 30 a. m. Break
10.30-12.30 am Capua in Silius Italicus' Punica
Claire Stocks (Radboud University Nijmegen): In a Land of Gods and Monsters:
Images of Heaven and Hell in Silius' Capua
Elina Pyy (University of Helsinki): Nec luxus ullus mersaeque libidine vitae
/ Campanis modus: Capua as altera Roma
Raymond Marks (University of Missouri): Hannibal's Ovidian Sojourn: Capua in
Punica 11
Michiel van der Keur (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): The Two Faces of Capua
12. 30 a. m. - 2.30 p. m. Break

2.30 p. m.  - 3.30 p. m.   Campania in Silius Italicus' Punica
Marco Fucecchi (Università degli Studi di Trieste): Images of Campania in
Punica 8
Thomas Biggs (University of Georgia): Campania at War in Silius

3.30 - 5.00  pm Martial in Campania
Margot Neger (Universitäet Salzburg): Quid gaudiorum est Martialis et Baiae!
Martial's Epigrammatic Campania
Étienne Wolff (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Dèfense): Martial and
Rosaria Luzzi (Università telematica Internazionale Uninettuno): Hoc mihi
sunt vestrae divitiae: Campania in Martial's epigrams
5.00 p. m. - 5. 30 p. m. Break

Friday, 18th September (Napoli, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università
degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II")
9.00- 10.00 am Plenary Session
Carole Newlands (University of Colorado Boudler): Flavian Campania

10. 00 - 12. 00   am Statius' Silvae (1)
Federica Bessone (Università degli Studi di Torino): Cultural Fusion,
Ethical Temper and Poetic Blend in Statius' Ideal Campania
Cody Houseman (University of Florida): Campania as Crossroad: Allusion and
Ambiguity in Statius' Silv. 1.1 and 4. 3.
Alessandra De Cristofaro (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II): How
to Write an Encomiastic Poem on the Emperor Domitian Through Roads and
Marbles? (Silv. 1.1 and 4.3)
Ana Maria Lóio (University of Lisbon): On Volturnus' Ancestors in a Flavian
Landscape (Silv. 4.3)
12. 00  a. m. - 2. 00 p. m. Break

2. 00 p. m.  - 3. 30 p. m. Statius' Silvae (2)
Paolo Esposito (Università degli Studi di Salerno): Features of the Presence
of Campania in Statius' Silvae
Dustin Heinen (NC State Humanities and Social Sciences): The Intersection of
Distance and Ethnography in the Silvae
Cecilia Criado (University of Santiago de Compostela): The pax secura of
Naples (silv. 3.5.85)
3. 30 p. m. - 4. p. m. Break

4. 00 p. m. - 6. 00  pm The Lure of Naples
Claudio Buongiovanni (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II):
Rappresentazioni letterarie di Napoli in età flavia
Christopher Parrot (College of the Holy Cross, Worcester): Being Neapolitan
in the Silvae
Anna Basile (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II): The Neapolitanus
secessus in the Silvae
Ian Fielding (Exeter College Oxford): Statius and his Renaissance Readers:
The Rediscovery of a poeta Neapolitanus

6. 00 - 6. 30 p. m. Conclusions
Antony Augoustakis (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Joy
Littlewood (Indipendent Scholar - Oxford)

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