To mark the 30th Pacific Rim Seminar, the convenors invite proposals for papers addressing the theme of ‘Roman milestones’ in Latin literature. In a literal and figurative capacity, Roman milestones feature in many genres of Latin writing, and offer suggestive frames for its interpretation. Milestones were innovative symbols of achievement and cultural reach, marking the progress of individual journeys, and signifying the broader extent (and limit) of Roman authority. As texts themselves, milestones were artefacts of Roman colonialism: their dedications advertised the Roman status of elite provincial citizens; their inscribed place-names Latinised pre-existing local identities and reoriented them within a system that endorsed Rome’s position as the centre of empire. In semiotic terms Rome’s network of milestones not only affirmed Rome’s centrality but invites an overtly linear understanding of Rome’s conception of its own space and cultural influence.
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Tasmania (Hobart, Australia)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Jonathan Wallis (University of Tasmania ); Emma Donnelly (University of Tasmania)
INFO: web - PacRimSeminar@gmail.com