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10th Trends in Classics Thessaloniki International Conference on Greek Historiography: Polybius and

Like Thucydides before him, Polybius anticipated that his history would be useful to future generations. The reception of his work has not belied this expectation. Despite its fragmentary state, Polybius’ account of the rise of Rome to world power has captured readers’ attention through the ages, both for the copiousness of its information and for the excellence of its analysis, while his treatment of the Roman constitution in Book 6 has earned him wide recognition among theorists of government. Over the past decades, Polybius’ historical and political views have sparked intense scholarly debates, and in recent years there has been a remarkable surge of interest in the literary aspects of his narrative.

This conference seeks to bring together contributions representative of the various interpretive approaches to Polybian studies. Possible topics for discussion include (but are not limited to): Polybius’ political ideas, his attitude towards Rome, his views on the role of the historian, his methods of composition, his key themes and theories, his representation of cultural difference, his narrative strategies and artistry, his intellectual context, his relationship with his predecessors, his intertextual affinities, and his reception and influence. By addressing a wide range of questions, our aspiration is to gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the qualities and peculiarities of Polybius’ history as well as to offer fresh insights into the interpretation of this important work.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 27-28-29/05/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Auditorio“Stefanos Dragoumis”, Museo de CUltura Bizantina (Salónica, Greece)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Nikos Miltsios (Aristotle University); Antonios Rengakos (Aristotle University & Academy of Athens); Melina Tamiolaki (University of Crete)

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Registration/Welcome 14:00-15:00

15:00-17:00 (Chair Rengakos)

Erich Gruen (University of California Berkeley) ‘Polybius and Ethnicity’

Craige Champion (Syracuse University) ‘Polybian Barbarology: Flute Playing in Arcadia and Fisticuffs at Rome’

Bruce Gibson (University of Liverpool) ‘Praise in Polybius’

Break 17:00-17:30

17:30-19:30 (Chair Nicolai)

Volker Grieb (University of Hamburg) ‘Polybius on Piracy: Historic Dimensions and Historiographic Conventions’

Cinzia Bearzot (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) ‘Polybius and the Tyrants of Syracuse’

Thomas Biggs (University of Georgia) ‘Odysseus, Rome, and the First Punic War in Polybius’ Histories’


9:00-11.00 (Chair Miltsios)

Felix Maier (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) ‘Paradoxon Theorema–the Incomprehensible Aspect of History in Polybius’

Lisa Hau (University of Glasgow) ‘A Reputation for Excellence–being and seeming in Polybios’

Antonis Tsakmakis (University of Cyprus) ‘Polybius and Biography’

Break 11.00-11.30

11.30-13.30 (Chair McGing)

Christopher Baron (University of Notre Dame) ‘The Historian’s Craft: Narrative Strategies and Historical Method in Polybius and Livy’

Nicolas Wiater (University of St Andrews) ‘Documents and Narrative: Reading the Roman-Carthaginian Treaties in Context’

Kyle Khellaf (Yale University) ‘Imperfect and Disconnected: Polybius, Digression, and its Historiographical Afterlife’

15:00-17:00 (Chair Tamiolaki)

Carlo Scardino (University of Düsseldorf/IAS Princeton) ‘Polybius and the Fifth-Century Historiography: Continuity and Diversity in the Presentation of Historical Deeds’

Roberto Nicolai (Sapienza Università di Roma) ‘τὰ καιριώτατα καὶ πραγματικώτατα: A Survey on the Speeches in Polybius’

Evangelos Alexiou (Aristotle University) ‘τόπος ἐγκωμιαστικός (Polybios 10,21,8): Das Enkomion auf Philopoemen und sein rhetorischer Hintergrund’

Break 17.00-17.30

17:30-19.00 (Chair Bearzot)

Giovanni Parmeggiani (Università degli Studi di Ferrara) ‘Polybius and the Legacy of Fourth-Century Historiography’

Marie-Rose Guelfucci (Université de Franche-Comté) ‘Diodorean Readings of Polybius’ Histories: Tradition, Misunderstandings and (Re)interpretations’


9:00-11:30 (Chair Gruen)

Melina Tamiolaki (University of Crete) – Maria Seretaki (University of Crete) ‘Polybius and Xenophon. Hannibal as an Ideal Leader and Cyrus the Great’

Dennis Pausch (Technische Universität Dresden) ‘Lost in Reception? Polybius’ Paradoxical Impact on Writing History in Republican Rome’

Nikos Miltsios (Aristotle University) ‘Polybius and Arrian’

Brian McGing (University of Dublin) ‘Polybius and Appian’

Break 11.30-12.00

12:00-13:30 (Chair Gibson)

Evangelos Karakasis (University of Ioannina) ‘Flavian Receptions: Polybius in Silius Italicus’

Luke Pitcher (University of Oxford) ‘Wilde about Polybius: The Historian and the Artist in the Nineteenth Century’

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