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2016 Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature: Repetition in Ancient Literature - 20-21

Repetition is a multiform phenomenon that permeates nature, human life and art, while also playing an important role in various disciplines. It can be seen as a positive concept as well as a negative one, resulting in stasis, tediousness and boredom. The aim of this year’s conference is to explore the various ways that repetition is employed in Greek and Latin languages and literature and to examine how it is conceptualised in ancient thought.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 20-21/09/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Ioannou Centre for Research in Classical and Byzantine StudiesUniversity of Oxford (Oxford, England)


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Deadline 07/09/2016

£17 (early registration) £27 (afterwards)

Cena opcional / optional dinner / cena opzionale:



Registration: 8.00-9.00

9:00-10:30: Session 1

Panel 1, Mathematics

Anna-Maria Gasser (Humboldt University of Berlin), Repetition in Euclid and Ancient Greek Mathematics

Benjamin Wilck (Humboldt University of Berlin), Mathematical babbling. Aristotle on definitions with repetitions

Rosa Matera (Humboldt University of Berlin), Between Aristotle and Euclid: The Role of Repetition in a Philosophical pamphlet

Panel 2, Philosophy

Abigail Buglass (University of Oxford), ‘Atomistic Imagery’: repetition and reflection of the world in De Rerum Natura

Jenny Messenger (University of St Andrews), The Great Systematiser? Proclus and Originality

Vilius Bartninkas (University of Cambridge), Remembering What Never Happened. Repetition in Plato’s Timaeus -Critias

10:30-11:00: Tea & Coffee break

11:00-12:30: Session 2, Lexical Repetitions I

R.A. Rohland (University of Cambridge), Of Words and Leaves – lexical change as a repetitive cycle in Horace’s Ars Poetica

D.E. Anderson (University of Cambridge), Repetition of Proper Names in Greek Poetry

Gabriele Rota (University of Cambridge), Repetition and Forgery, Repetition as Forgery. Expectations and meaning in Juvenal’s Satire 8

12:30-13:30: Lunch break

13:30-15:00: Session 3

Panel 1, Imperial and Late Antique Literature

Modini Francesca (King’s College London), Pindar does not repeat the reception of Olympian 13 in Aelius Aristides'Isthmian Oration.

Hay Miriam (University of Warwick), Romanae gloria echoes of Virgil in early Christian verse inscriptions

Caroline Belanger (University of St Andrews), Everything Old Is New Again: Literary Imitation and Scientific Repetition in Priscian’s Periegesis

Panel 2, Time and Space

Matthew Myers (University of Nottingham), Landscape and repetition in Tacitus’ battles of Cremona

Ni Yu (University of Edinburgh), Recollection in Meno and Correspondent Dream Metaphor in Pythian 8: repetition of time and space

Nikolas Hächler (University of Zurich and University of Oxford), Portrayal and function of senatorial acclamationesduring the 3rd century AD in ancient literature. The use of repetition in performative enactments of political power.

15:00-15:30: Tea & Coffee break

15:30-17:00: Session 4, Lexical Repetitions II

Janja Soldo (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich), Hello from the other side... Greetings and farewells in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales

Belioti Sofia (Humboldt University of Berlin), The etymological wordplay in the dedicatory epigrams (Anth. Pal. VI)

Eersten, Aniek van den (University of Amsterdam), A repeated metaphor: the yoking of bridges in Herodotus’Histories

17:15-18:30 Keynote Speech

Prof. Gregory Hutchinson “Does repetition strengthen or weaken?”

18:30-19:15 Wine Reception, generously provided by the Oxford Classics Faculty Board

19:30 Conference Dinner


Registration: 8.30-9.00

9:00-11:00: Session 5

Panel 1, Homer and Late Antique epic

Bernardo Ballesteros Petrella (University of Oxford), Repeating destruction: Poseidon and Zeus in the Iliad and theOdyssey

Kamini Doukissa (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), ἐκ γὰρ Ὀρέσταο τίσις ἔσσεται Ἀτρεΐδαο (Od. α 40): The literary and political function of the repetition of the Oresteia-story in the Odyssey

Stephan Renker (University of Hamburg), Re-reading Homer: Some thoughts on Intertextuality and the relevance of Jauß’ concept of Erwartungshorizont for Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica

Ioannis Doukas (NUI Galway), At the gates of dreams revisiting a motif

Panel 2, Repetition and Reception

Sean Kelly (University of Oxford), The Madness of Reception: Hofmannsthal and Strauss’ Elektra

Mary Hamil Gilbert (University of Virginia), A Return to Ancient Poetics Racine’s Andromaque and Seneca’s Troades

Artemis Sofia Markou (Trinational Graduate School), The Odyssey Sets Sail Again –The Motif of a Second Voyage in Modern Rewritings of the Odyssey and its Metapoetical Implications

Löbcke, Konrad; Dreier, Maria; Reichetanz, Paul (University of Rostock), Praising through Intertext. On Jakob Liefer's Literary Technique in the Neo-Latin Epic Bellum Sundense (1639)

11:00-11:30: Tea & Coffee break

11:30-13:00: Session 6

Panel 1, Latin Epic

Laura Arthur (University of Oxford), Roman whispers: The game of authority and repetition in Ovid'sMetamorphoses

Eleni Ntanou (University of Manchester), Refer ordine carmen! (Met. 5.335) Repeating Songs in Ovid’sMetamorphoses

Georgia Ferentinou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Emulation through Repetition: the post-Vergilian dux femina in Valerius Flaccus (Arg.2.98-427)

Panel 2, Repetition and Imitation

Nicoletta Bruno (University of Bari), Ovidian imitations of Lucretius: the use of allusive and multiple anaphora

Roberta Berardi (University of Oxford), Demosthenes’ and Pseudo-Aeschines’ epistolary collections between imitation and allusion

Giulia Marolla (University of Bari), Ciceronianus es! The Ciceronian iuncturae in Jerome’s letter 123

13:00-14:00: Lunch break

14:00-16:00: Session 7

Panel 1, Statius

Julene Abad Del Vecchio (University of Manchester), (Re)telling Tales: Repetition and the Creation of Tradition in Statius' Achilleid

Helen Dalton (University of Manchester), Ars est spargere artem: Cultivating Cadmus and Sowing Spartoi in Statius’Thebaid.

Tim Noens (Ghent University), “You must go on. I can’t go on. I’ll go on”. The obligation to re-read the text in Statius’ Thebaid and Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable.

Panel 2, Tragedy

Giulia Fiore (University of Bologna), Σωφρονεῖν as Conflict and Reconciliation in Aeschylus’ Oresteia

Marco Duranti (University of Verona and Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg), Repetition and Characterization of a Tragic Couple: Pylades and Orestes in Euripides’ Iphigenia Taurica and Orestes

Antonia Marie Schrader (University of Cambridge), Changing (into) character in fifth-century Athenian drama – a case of performative repetition?

Matthew Payne (University of St Andrews), Doubling and the Paradoxes of Mimesis in Seneca's Troades

16:00-16:30: Tea & Coffee break

16:30-18:30: Session 8, Narratology

Watson James (University College London), Euripides’ Trojan trilogy and structural repetition within the narratives of other fragmentary Euripidean drama

Benedek Kruchió (Humboldt University of Berlin), The Concluding Summaries of Chariton’s Callirhoe and Heliodorus’Aethiopica

Peter Martin (University of Cambridge), Speech and narrative voice in Thucydides and Sallust

Mengzhen Yue (University College Dublin), The narratological function of ἀρχή in Isocrates’ Panegyricus

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