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Plautus Doctus: Plautine Comedy and its Intellectual Context - 20-21/06/2016, Athens (Greece)

Over the last few years, there has been an intense revival of scholarly interest in Roman Comedy, with recent publications of companions and handbooks (e.g. The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy, 2014; The Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy, forthcoming), volumes dedicated to Roman drama (e.g. Women in Roman Republican Drama, 2015; Roman Drama and its Contexts, 2016) as well as collective volumes on Terence (e.g. the first Companion to Terence, 2013). In the last decade, scholarship on Roman comedy expanded its focus, beyond performance criticism, upon the study of these comic plays as products of a sophisticated treatment of literary tradition, addressing (even) an erudite audience (e.g. Reading Roman Comedy, 2009; Funny Words in PlautineComedy, 2010). In this context, after an outburst in Plautine studies, mainly in the 90’s, and the analysis of Plautus’ comedy mostly with emphasis on its performative aspects and theatrical self-references, a re-examination of the first extant works of Latin literature seems to be on hand (e.g. Plautine Trends, 2014; A Companion to Plautus, forthcoming). Yet, while there have been several previous studies on the way Plautus alludes to political, social and scientific matters, a study exclusively dedicated upon the playwright’s references to various intellectual issues and debates, in connection with his debt to Hellenistic poetics, has not yet emerged.

This workshop aims to re-examine Plautus’ work as the first extant witness of Rome’s early republican milieu and explore various cases through which Plautine comedy offers an invaluable understanding of contemporary intellectual and cultural issues and debates. Papers by specialists in the field (30 minutes long, followed by 20-minute discussion) will address various themes, such as: literary influences upon Plautine comedy; concepts on Roman identity; Greekness and Roman audience’s reactions; Plautus’ dialogue with literary genres; religious, social and popular beliefs reflected in Plautine comedy.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 20-21/06/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Swedish Institute at Athens (Athens, Greece)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Chrysanthi Demetriou; Sophia Papaioannou

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Monday, 20th June

9.00 – 9.30 Registration

9.30-9.45 Welcome

Session I: Greeks and Romans

9.45-10.35 Gesine Manuwald (UCL), Plautus and Greekness

10.35-11.25 Katerina Philippides (Patras), Anti-Catonism and Catonism in Plautus

11.25-11.50 Break

Session II: Generic Interactions

11.50-12.40 Ariana Traill (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Plautus and the Origins of Roman Satire

12.40-13.30 Evangelos Karakasis (Ioannina) Statius’ Achilleid as a comic drama: Generating meaning through comic intertextuality

13.30-15.00 Lunch

Session III: Influence and Innovation

15.00-15.50 Ioannis Konstantakos (Athens), Munchausen in Rome: Plautine Braggarts and Hellenistic Storytelling

15.50-16.40 Emilia Barbiero (New York), Treading the Path Untrodden: The Aesthetics of Novelty in Plautus’ Pseudolus and Casina

16.40-17.30 Sophia Papaioannou (Athens), Designing Plots, Performing Identities: Plautus’ anxiety of influence

Tuesday, 21th June

Session IV: Society

9.30-10.20 Ruth Caston (Michigan) “More than friends”: amicitia in Plautine comedy and philosophy

10.20-11.10 Seth Jeppesen (Brigham Young), Meaningful Mispronunciations: Religious Parody in Plautus’ Cistellaria 512-27

11.10-12.00 Chrysanthi Demetriou (Cyprus), Identical Twins and Duplicates in Plautus: A Study of a Dramatic Motif in Context

12.00-13.00 Roundtable Discussion

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