Mirabile Dictu: Experiencing the Wondrous in the Ancient World - 14/11/2015, New York (USA)
Descriptions of phenomena as wondrous, from those occurring in the natural world to those considered divine interventions, highlight the wide range of experiences and observations that could be categorized as marvelous in the ancient world. This spectrum is also reflected in the variety of vocabulary devoted to such wonders, from θαῦμα, τέρας, and πέλωρ in Greek to mirabilia, miraculum and portentum in Latin. With these qualifications in mind, what actually constituted a “wonder” in the ancient world? How and where were sensations of the wondrous experienced and interpreted? What distinctions, if any, are to be found in the semantic range used for the wondrous and can any categories usefully be discerned or applied to these phenomena?
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: New York University (New York, USA)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: New York University, Department of Classics; Religious Studies (NYU)
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