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Praising Constantine - 26/04/2016, 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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9.30am Welcome (Bruce Gibson and Roger Rees)

9.45am Michael Hanaghan (Exeter) ‘When you gaze into Constantine, Constantine gazes back’

10.30am Alessandro Marenesi (Nijmegen) ‘Praising Constantine or Shaping Discontinuity? Role and Functions of Some Constantinian Panegyrics’

11.15am Coffee in the library

11.45am Linda Jones Hall (St. Mary’s College of Maryland) “Counting by Fives”; The Vicennalia Poems of Optatianus Porfyrius and the Panegyric of Nazarius to Constantine (321 A.D.)

12.30pm Lunch in the library

1.30pm David Greenwood (Aberdeen) ‘Constantine and Eusebius: Panegyric, Constructio and Theophany’

2.15pm Christian Djurslev (Exeter) ‘Using Alexander the Great to praise Constantine: the “Cyrus and Alexander”- digression in Eusebius’ Life of Constantine (1.7-9)’

3.00pm Tea in the library

3.30pm Milena Raimondi (Milan) ‘Pais and basileus: praising Constantine in Athens’

4.15pm Alan Ross (Southampton) ‘Posthumous panegyric? Constantine in the orations of Themistius, Libanius, and Julian’

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