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CALL. 31.01.2017: [PANEL 1 at 10th CCC] "How diplomacy was characterized in Ancient Greek histo




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Montreal (Montreal, Canadá)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Elsa Bouchard ; Bill Gladhill ; Douglas Cairns ; Nandini Pandey ; Anton Powell (Founder and Chair)


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Overview: The Greeks made wide use of their ambassadors in relations with other states. These figures, at times main players of the political life of their city, and at times simple citizens occasionally assigned with diplomatic missions, were not entirely comparable to ambassadors in our sense of the term. Far from being individuals installed in a foreign country to carry out functions of representation and reference for the community of their fellow citizens residing there – a function partially absolved by the proxenoi – they had the task of delivering the proposals of the state they represented to their foreign counterparts, and possessed no

The aim of this panel is to encourage discussion on the rhetoric of diplomacy in the broadest sense.

Consideration will be given to such questions as:

  • Do expressive constants exist in ambassadors’ speeches as reconstructed by ancient historians?

  • Can an “authorial characterization” be pinpointed in ambassadors’ speeches as transmitted by historians?

  • When an ambassador was also a prominent political figure, was the picture of him that emerged from his speeches consistent with the overall assessment of him in the work?

  • What role does the reference to the content of a legation have within forensic or political discourses?

  • Can one speak of local characteristics in the speech of ambassadors, by which it is possible to recognize a Spartan ambassador from an Athenian or a Theban one?

  • How much did the speech of an ambassador influence the political role of his interlocutor?

  • What was the significance of the quotation of literary texts or documents by ambassadors?

  • To what extent do their speeches enable us to identify the powers of plenipotentiary ambassadors (presbeis autokratores) as opposed to ordinary ambassadors?

  • How were ambassador speeches by Roman ambassadors, when they spoke in Greek contexts?

For this panel we are asking for 40-minute long papers, with 15 minutes for questions and discussion, though short papers (20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion) are also welcome. The languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are English and French.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words and a curriculum vitae et studiorum to by January 8, 2017.

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