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Mountains in Antiquity - 08-09/06/2017, St. Andrews (Scotland)



We warmly invite you to attend Mountains in Antiquity, an international conference to be held at St Andrews on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th June 2017.


The conference aims to explore ancient engagement with mountains from a wide range of different angles, including literary, historical, archaeological and art-historical perspectives. Papers will be approximately 30 minutes long, followed by discussion.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 08-09/06/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of St Andrews (St. Andrews, Scotland)



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We are pleased to offer a limited number of postgraduate bursaries (courtesy of the Classical Association) for Mountains in Antiquity on the 8th and 9th June at St Andrews. Please contact Nikoletta Manioti at by this Friday 12thMay at the latest, stating your position, university affiliation, and the reasons for your interest in the conference.




Thursday 8th June


9.15 - 9.30 Introduction


9.30 - 11.00 Session 1: Arcadia


Kyle Mahoney 'Older than the moon: Sacred mountains and the birth of Arcadia'


James Roy 'Viewing Arkadian mountains'


11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break


11.30 - 13.00 Session 2: Imaginary mountains


David Braund 'The Gusty Mountains of Scythia: What are mountains for in classical culture?'


Betsey Robinson 'From Destinations to Imagination: Distant Views of Greek Mountains'


13.00 - 14.15 Lunch


14.15 - 15.45 Session 3: Mountains in Latin literature


Siobhan Chomse 'Mountains that are not'


Virginia Fabrizi 'The narrative construction of mountains: Olympus and the Vale of Tempe in Livy book 44'


15.45 - 16.15 Coffee break


16.15 - 17.45 Session 4: Geographic perspectives


Klaus Geus and Irina Tupikova 'The African Mountains in Ptolemy´s Geography'


Thomas Poiss 'How to get along with mountains? Some theoretical considerations on mountains in ancient Greek literature'


17.45 - 18.45 Drinks


19.00 - 22.00 Dinner


Friday 9th June


9.30 - 11.00 Session 6: Near Eastern mountainsAlexis Belis 'Here Gods Abound: Sacred Mountains in Ancient Greece and the Near East'


Valeria Sergueenkova and Felipe Rojas 'Being mountain in ancient Anatolia'


11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break


11.30 - 13.00 Session 7: Volcanoes


Virginia Campbell 'A view of Vesuvius: Ancient perspectives on a volcano'


Johanna Luggin '"You will behold no sights so great belonging to the human rabble": Mount Aetna and the Wonders of Nature'


13.00 - 14.15 Lunch


14.15 - 15.45 Session 8: Mountain views


Anna Collar 'Fire for Zeus: Experiencing Mount Kasios'


Christina Williamson 'Claiming the peak. Mountain sanctuaries as political landmarks in Asia Minor'


15.45 - 16.15 Coffee break


16.15 - 17.45 Session 9: Borders


Maria Pretzler 'Mountains of Politics and War: How did Geography Shape Interstate Relations in the Peloponnese?'


Robyn Veal 'Mountains as complex types of borders: a political, ecological, and economic case study of the Samnites and the Romans in ancient Campania'


17.45 - 18.45 Discussion


18.45 - 19.15 Drinks


19.30 - 22.30 Dinner

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