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Flavian war and autocracy in context - 15/09/2016, Nottingham (England)

This conference aims to bring members of the Flavian literature network into dialogue with others working in and around the Flavian period, particularly historians and material culture experts. It also aims to generate dialogue between those working on Greek and Latin literature. The Flavian period is characterised by a new episode of recovery from civil war, and a hardening of the imperial system. How do the Flavians achieve reconciliation and how does the Flavian imperial system operate? How does civil war and reconciliation compare to that in other periods? How are war and power represented and how do these representations differ in Rome and elsewhere, in this period and other related periods?

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 15/09/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Nottingham (Nottingham, England)




15 September

The programme is provisional and may be subject to change.

Time Title

9.00 – 9.30Registration and coffee

9.30 – 11.00

Flavian war and autocracy

Alice König (St Andrews) Different perspectives: War and Autocracy in Flavian Prose

Doug Lee (Nottingham) Flavian civil war in context: issues of allegiance and identity

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break

11.15 – 12.45

Flavian autocracy

Andreas Kropp (Nottingham) The “Flavian” coinage of king Herod Agrippa II (AD 49 to 97)

Sam Hayes (Exeter) Dominus et heros: Martial's epic Domitian

Coen Willem Schuurmans Stekhoven (St. Andrews) Mediating Power: Martial and the Emperor Domitian

12.45 – 1.30Lunch

1.30 – 3.00


Patrick Finglass (Nottingham) Statius and Stesichorus

Tommaso Spinelli (St. Andrews) War and Kingship in Statius' Thebaid: The Disruption of the Herculean Paradigm

Stefano Briguglio (Pisa) Tyrants and lovers: Creon, Oedipus and the curse of autocracy in Statius' Thebaid

3.00 – 3.30 Coffee break

3.30 – 5.00

Endings and new beginnings

Helen Lovatt (Nottingham) Trauma and reconciliation in Valerius Flaccus

Angeliki Roumpou (Nottingham) Carthago delenda est? Cosmic War and the Empire in Silius Italicus 17

Danielle Frisby (King's College, London) and Will Leveritt (Nottingham) The Flavian Triumph: Negotiating Specificity and Continuum

5.00 – 6.00Coffee break and discussion


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