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Inventing origins: the function of aetiology in Antiquity - 17-18/11/2016, Leiden (Netherlands)

We aim at bringing together a group of international specialists to discuss, in the informal setting of a round table conference, the workings of aetiology in the ancient world.

The aim of the conference is an enquiry into the ancient phenomenon of aetiology, that is to say the drive to find and devise stories of origin to explain contemporary situations or to promote innovative practices, be they religious, political, literary or otherwise. Although many studies have analysed the occurrence of aetiological motives in various literary and religious texts and contexts (e.g. the Old Testament, Callimachus’Aetia, Ovid’s Fasti), a comprehensive approach that aims to contextualize aetiology and link it to other ancient modes of representing and thinking about the past and about origins has so far been lacking.

Confirmed speakers: Glenn Most (Chicago/Pisa), Susan Stephens (Stanford), Susanne Gödde (Berlin), Miguel-John Versluys (Leiden).

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 17-18/11/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Gravensteen Pieterskerkhof 6 2311 SR (Leiden, Netherlands)





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