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CALL. 30.11.2015 - Praising Constantine, St Andrews (Scotland)

The Panegyrici Latini project ( is delighted to announce a day conference with the title ‘Praising Constantine’.

The reign of Constantine was a period of great social and political change, as has been acknowledged by scholars working on religion, art history, and literature. Many of Constantine’s subjects composed literary praise in his honour, and so helped shape his reputation across the centuries to follow. Much Constantinian panegyric survives, from before and after the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, and pre- and post- the foundation of Constantinople; material survives in Greek and Latin, prose and verse, in ‘pure’ form and incorporated within other genres. This conference seeks to host papers on particular questions within the considerable body of surviving Constantinian panegyric, and so to help illuminate the whole. Following the success of the project’s conference ‘Pliny the Younger in late Antiquity’, (see Arethusa 46.2, 2013), we hope ‘Praising Constantine’ will be the kernel of an edited collection of papers.



LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: School of Classics, University of St Andrews (St Andrews, Scotland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Bruce Gibson (University of Liverpool), Roger Rees (University of St Andrews).

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Topics for papers might include: • The role of literary praise in the construction of imperial charisma • The relationship between different panegyrics or panegyrical traditions • The relationship between literary praise and other representations of Constantine, such as in sculpture and coinage • Constantinian panegyrics and earlier literatures • Panegyric and the Church • Court, orator/poet and the authority of praise Papers will be 25 minutes, with 15 minutes discussion. We invite proposals (300 words), to be submitted by email to by 30th November.

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