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RICAN 8: Material Culture and the Ancient Novel - 14-15/10/2016, Gallos (Greece)



The Department of Philology (Division of Classics), University of Crete, ispleased to announce the organization and hosting of the 8th Rethymnon International Conference on the Ancient.


RICAN stands for Rethymnon International Conferences on the Ancient Novel. It is a biennial conference series devoted to the study of the ancient novel. The conferences are held at theDepartment of Philology in Rethymnon and are funded by the University of Crete.

The topic of RICAN 8 is: Material Culture and the Ancient Novel


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 14-15/10/2016


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Department of Philology (Division of Classics), University of Crete (Gallos, Greece)



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Friday 14 October, 10:00 a.m.

Welcome speeches


Chair: Ewen Bowie


Michael Paschalis (Crete)

“Funerals, burials and tombs in Chariton’s Callirhoe and elsewhere”


Anna Lefteratou (Heidelberg)

“Chariton’s Callirhoe abed: from Pompeian frescoes to Roman kline sarcophagi?”


Chair: Nicolò D’Alconzo


Ian Repath (Swansea)

“The later Greek novelists: Art imitating art imitating art imitating art ...”


Valentin Decloquement (Lille)

“From writing to painting. Rhetorical and pictorial τόποι in Philostratos’ and Heliodorus’ portrayals of Achilles”


Friday 14 October, 5:30 p.m.


Chair: Stephen Trzaskoma


Daniel Jolowicz (Cambridge)

“Roman monumentalism in Chariton of Aphrodisias”


Giuseppe Zanetto (Milan)

“Visualizing the house: Domestic space in Achilles Tatius”


Chair: John Morgan


Cecilia Nobili (Milan)

“The sanctuary of Delphi in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica between material culture and intertextuality”


Emily M. Rush (Miami University of Ohio)

“Heliodorus’ Lithopoetics: Ekphrastic description and precious stones in Aethiopika”


Saturday 15 October, 09:00 a.m.


Chair: Dimos Spatharas


Magdaleine Clo (Grenoble)

“Do clothes make the man? To dress and to undress in Petronius”


Regine May (Leeds) 

“The staging of Lucius: Isis priests and the importance of props”


Chair: Athina Kavoulaki 


Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (Oxford)

“Embodied engagements with real, literary and visual votives”


Ulrike Egelhaaf-Gaiser (Göttingen) 

“How to handle a goddess: worshipped and violated cult images in Apuleius’ Meta¬mor-phoses”



Saturday 15 October,  6:00 p.m.


Chair: Stelios Panayotakis 


Leonardo Costantini (Leeds) 

“The real tools of magic: Pamphile’s macabre paraphernalia in Apuleius’ Met. 3.17.4-5”


Christa Gray (Reading)

“Out of this world: paradoxes of holy behaviour in Jerome’s Life of Hilarion”


Chair: Karen Ni-Mheallaigh 


Helena Schmedt (Frankfurt)

“It’s all about beans: Material objects in Antonius Diogenes’ passages On Pythagoras”


Ken Dowden (Birmingham)

“Tableware. Feasting and its accoutrements in the novel”


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