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Walking the Wire. Latin and Greek Late Antique Poetry in Dialogue - 08-09/09/2016, Ghent (Belgium)

We would like to inform you about the upcoming workshop in Ghent “Walking the Wire. Latin and Greek Late Antique Poetry in Dialogue”. The Walking the Wire project springs from the general observation that there is (too) little interaction between scholars working on Late Antique Greek and Late Antique Latin poetry. Although similar problems and questions arise in research on both poetical traditions, a real dialogue between these two scholarly fields is still conspicuously missing. It is our conviction that a stronger dialogue is needed between the two fields to come to a better understanding, not only of the shared developments, but also of the subtle differences between the two traditions, which are now often overlooked or simplified because of the lack of comparative studies.

The bilingual focus of our project and the book which will be its result is chosen explicitly to stimulate the dialogue between the two fields and explore the possibilities this creates to come to a better understanding of Late Antique poetry. It aims to shed new light on literary developments that can or have been regarded as typical for Late Antiquity and on the poetic and aesthetic ideals that affect individual poems from this period. Only by analyzing this poetry from a bilingual perspective is it possible to correct common misunderstandings about the extent to which certain literary phenomena are typically “Late Antique”, “Latin” or “Greek”.

Because opening a dialogue can only be done in collaboration, this project can only be successful as teamwork. The broad outline of the current collaborative book project was decided upon during the closing round table discussion of the 2015 Edinburgh conference “Poetry and Aesthetics of Late Antiquity” (organized by Calum Maciver, Aaron Pelttari and Catherine Ware). New voices have entered the discussion since, and the workshop scheduled for 8-9 September 2016 in Ghent will bring all contributors (Latinist and Hellenists, established and junior scholars) together in order to discuss the many questions we are all struggling to answer. Discussion will be stimulated by the format of the workshop with pre-circulated draft chapters and appointed respondents.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 08-09/09/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Ghent University (Ghent, University)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr. Berenice Verhels; Miss Tine Scheijnen

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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: registración oblogatoria y gratuita / Registration is compulsory but free / Registrazione obbligatoria e gratuita


8 September 2016

  • 09.30 Arrival & Coffee

  • 10.00 Berenice Verhelst and Tine Scheijnen (Ghent): Introduction


Chaired by Kristoffel Demoen

  • 10.30: Philip Hardie (Cambridge) – Respondent: Sophie Schoess Metamorphosis and Mutability in Late Antique Epic

  • 11.15: Helen Kaufmann (Oxford) – Respondent: Silvio Bär The Implosion of Poetic Genre in Late Antiquity

LUNCH (12.00-13.30)


Chaired by Jacqueline Klooster

  • 13.30: Aaron Pelttari (Edinburgh) – Respondent: Laura Miguélez Cavero Speaking from the Margins: Late Antique Paratexts from around the Mediterranean

  • 14.15: Sophie Schoess (Oxford) – Respondent: Cosetta Cadau Objects of the Lusting Gaze: Viewing Women as Works of Art in Late Antique Poetry

  • 15:00: Gianfranco Agosti (Roma Sapienza) – Respondent: tba Centre and periphery in "everyday poetry" of Late Antiquity

COFFEE BREAK (15.440-16.30)

Chaired by Koen De Temmerman

  • 16.30: Calum Maciver (Edinburgh) – Respondent: Katerina Carvounis The Vertical and Horizontal Axes: the Limits of Alexandrian Poetics in a Rhetorical Context?

  • 17.15: Cosetta Cadau (Dublin) – Respondent: Philip Hardie Describing Female Beauty in Late Antiquity. Aphrodite in Claudian, Colluthus and Nonnus.

RECEPTION (18.00-19.00)
CONFERENCE DINNER (19.30 – Restaurant: Vier Tafels)

9 September 2016

  • 09.30: Coffee


Chaired by Mary Whitby

  • 10.00: Marcelina Gilka (Exeter) – Respondent: Helen Kaufmann “Antehomeric” Traditions and Innovations. Dracontius’ Latin and Colluthus’ Greek Abduction of Helen

  • 10.45: Katerina Carvounis & Sophia Papaioannou (Athens) – Respondent: Marcelina Gilka Alternative Typhonomachies in Ovid and Nonnus. Revisiting the Burning Issue of Latin Influence on Greek Poetry in Late Antiquity

  • 11.30: Silvio Bär (Oslo) – Respondent: Sophia Papaioannou The Past, a Foreign Country? The Recollection and Construction of Literary Canons by Greek and Roman Epigrammatists in the Fourth Century A.D.

LUNCH (12.15-14.00)


Chaired by Marco Formisano

  • 14.00: Brian Sowers (Brooklyn) – Respondent: Aaron Pelttari Common Texts, (Un)Common Aesthetics: the Greek and Latin Cento in Dialogue

  • 14.45: Laura Miguélez Cavero (Oxford) – Respondent: Emma Greensmith Internal Audiences in the New Testament Epics of Nonnus and Juvencus

COFFEE BREAK (15.30-16.00)

Chaired by Wim Verbaal

  • 16.00: Emma Greensmith (Cambridge) – Respondent: Brian Sowers Saying the Other. Allegory and Identity in Quintus of Smyrna and Late Antique Concepts of Personification

  • 16.45: Berenice Verhelst (Ghent) – Respondent: Calum Maciver A “Revival” of the “Epyllion” as a “Genre”? Genre Awareness in Short Epic Narrative from Late Antiquity

  • 17.30: Concluding Round Table – chaired by Tine Scheijnen and Berenice Verhelst

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