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Time and Eternity: The Conception of Time in Archaic Greek Literature - 22-23-24/09/2017, Charlottesville, (VA, USA)






Time is a concept central to both the human existence and the narrative art: narrative occurs in time and presents or reconfigures a set of events that occur in time. Furthermore, time is an objective natural measure but in literature it appears malleable and can be shaped according to the rhetorical needs of the moment. In addition, time can be perceived in many ways (linear, circular, kairos). Literary reflections on time begin with the literature of the archaic age. For the first time, the Greeks started composing narratives and exploring their laws regarding the representation and ordering of time. Despite the progress made in the study of time in literature in recent years, there are still open questions as to how precisely time works in archaic texts and what they have to say about the ideas and conceptions of time held in that age.


Conveners: Anke Walter (University of Rostock), Athanassios Vergados (University of Heidelberg)


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 22-23-24/09/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Virgina, Charlottesville (Virginia, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Anke Walter ; Athanassios Vergados ; Jenny Strauss Clay

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September 22, 2017


9:30-9:45 Introductions; Welcome from the Chair of Classics, Sara Myers (UVa)

9:45-10:30 Jenny Strauss Clay (UVa): Orientations: “Time in Archaic Greek Literature”


10:30- 10:45 Coffee


Session I “Time and Metaphor”

10:45-11:30 Tom Zanker (Amherst): Conceptual Metaphor and Time in Homer

11:30-12:15 Robert A. Rohland (Cambridge): Getting a grasp on time. The emergence of a haptic conception of time in archaic Greek literature


12:30- 14:30 Lunch


Session II “Chasing Time”

14:30-15:15 Anastasia Maravela (Oslo): Chasing in time. Intersections of time and space in early Greek literature and thought

15:15-16:00 Stephen Sansom (Stanford): The Never-Ending Race: Eternity in the Hesiodic Shield of Heracles and Early Greek Philosophy

16:00-16:15 Coffee Session III “Epigrammatic Time”

16:15-17:00 Barnaby Chesterton (Durham/Texas Tech): Immediacy and Eternity in Archaic Sepulchral Epigram

17:00-17:30 Power Point Presentation on the Humboldt Foundation and its Programs


18:30-20:15 Reception at JSC’s house


September 23, 2017


Session IV “Time and the Presocratics”

9:00- 9:45 Christopher Moore (Penn State): Two orders of time in Heraclitus

9:45-10:30 Sandra Scepanovic (Belgrad): Some patterns of temporal cyclicality in archaic Greek literature and their philosophical conceptualization in the early Presocratics

10:30-10:45 Coffee Session V “Human Temporal Modalities”

10:45-11:30 Rudi Schmid (HU Berlin): Coping with contingency. Notions of time and their poetological aspects in Solon, Mimnermus and Sappho

11:30-12:15 Alex Purves (UCLA): Sappho’s “Lyric Present”


12:30-14:00 Lunch


Session VI “Futurity”

14:00-14:45 Michele Solitario (Trento/Göttingen): The Concept of Time in Solon’s Fragments

14:45-15:30 Sarah Nooter (Chicago): Writing the Future in Pindar and Aeschylus


15:30-15:45 Coffee


Session VII “Hesiodic Time”

15:45-16:30 Xenja Herren (Tübingen): The Cultural Meaning of Time in Hesiod’s Works and Days

16:30-17:15 Alexander Kirichenko (Berlin): The farming calendar and the epic time in Hesiod's Works and Days


18:30 Buffet Dinner for all participants, Garden Room


September 24, 2017


Session VIII “Homeric Temporality”

9:00-9:45 Athanassios Vergados (Newcastle): Revisiting Zieliński’s Law

9:45-10:30 Tobias Myers (Connecticut College): Temporal ‘Distance’ and Intimacy: Evoking the Eternal in Iliadic Warfare


10:30-10:45 Coffee


Session IX “Poetic and Divine Time”

10:45-11:30 Anke Walter (Rostock): ‘… how you first went over the earth’: Interactions of Human and Divine Time in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo

11:30-12:15 Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg): Human and poetic time in Pindar


12:15-12:30 Coffee


12:30-13:15 General Remarks and Final Discussion

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