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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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