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17th Unisa Classics Colloquium: Ancient -Life-writing - 26-27-28/10/2016, Kwalata (South Africa)




The conference theme which intends to explore the interest of Greco-Roman antiquity in personal detail, and how this came to be packaged in written forms. The organisers are interested not only in biography as a separate genre, but also in other and smaller formats which divulge information on individual lives. We will be looking to include a broad spectrum of interests in the conference programme: from epic to historiography, scholia to epigrams, inscriptions to fictional letters, oratory to gospels.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 26-27-28/10/2016


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Dinokeng Nature Reserve (Kwalata, Southafrica)










Wednesday, October 26

8:30 – 10:30 (Session 1)
Timothy Duff (Reading), Plutarch’s language and the genre of life-writing
Lunette Warren (Stellenbosch), Psychagogy and Plutarch’s Octavia and Cleopatra
Nick Cowley (SABC), Plutarch’s revealing one-liners: The (mainly) Laconic apophthegms

11:00 - 13:00 (Session 2)
Annemarie de Villiers (Stellenbosch), The liminality of loss: Catullus on his brother’s death
Johan Steenkamp (NWU Potchefstroom), Augustus Scriptus: Referencing the 'real' in Propertius
Suzanne Sharland (KwaZulu-Natal), Catullus, Horace and (auto)biography

14:00 - 15:20 (Session 3)
John Hilton (KwaZulu-Natal), Confession and remorse in the Aethiopica of Heliodorus
Martine de Marre (Unisa), Augustine and Fulgentius: Parallel – or vying? – African lives?

15:40 - 17:00 (Session 4)
Beatrice Pestarino (Pisa), Personal details in ancient Cypriot inscriptions
Katherine van Schaik (Harvard) & James Zainaldin (Harvard), ‘A young man was seized with an acute illness’: Medical case histories, prognosis, and writing the life of the future.

Thursday October 27

8:30 – 10:30 (Session 5)
Clifford Ando (Chicago), The future's past:  Fiction, biography and status in Roman law
Caillan Davenport (Queensland), The ‘biographical dialogue’ between Roman emperors and the people
Gerhard van den Heever (Unisa), From the bios of a magus to the image of an emperor: The biography of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospel of John

11:00 - 13:00 (Session 6)
Francesco Ginelli (Verona), How to write a Latin biography: The structure of Nepos' Lives
Phoebe Garrett (ANU), Milestones in Suetonius’ De uita Caesarum
Jeffrey Murray (Cape Town), Exemplary biography: Reading Valerius Maximus writing the life of Cicero

14:00 - 15:20 (Session 7)
Annemaré Kotzé (Stellenbosch), Lives changing lives: first-person narration and protreptic
Liana Lamprecht (UNISA), St. Jerome’s Letter CVIII to Eustochium: Contemporary biography in service of ascetic ideology

15:40 - 16:20 (Session 8)
Raymond L. Capra (Seton Hall University), Ibycus and I

Friday October 28

8:30 – 10:30 (Session 9)
Susan Prince (Cincinnati), Diogenes of Sinope and the story of his story
Marine Glénisson (Paris-Sorbonne), An ambiguous relationship: Aristotle and Plato in the anecdotes of the Greek literature of the Roman Empire (1st-3rd centuries AD)
Eva Falaschi (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa),  An artist also has a life: Biographical anecdotes on Greek artists in the imperial age

11:00 - 13:00 (Session 10)
Daniel Ogden (Exeter), A lost legendary biography of Seleucus?
Adrian Tronson (UNB Fredericton), The ‘Jewish life’ of Alexander the Great: The historicity and possible source of Josephus AJ xi 302-343
Richard Evans (Unisa), How not to start writing a life: Plutarch (Marius 1-3) on the early years of Gaius Marius

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