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CALL. 01.02.2017: Valerius Maximus: 25 Years after Bloomer - Cape Town (South Africa)


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We are pleased to announce Valerius Maximus: 25 Years after Bloomer, a conference on Valerius Maximus, to be held at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), from Monday the 23rd of October to Wednesday the 25th of October 2017. The conference will be convened by Dr Jeffrey Murray and Professor David Wardle in the School of Languages and Literatures.


A quarter of a century after W. Martin Bloomer’s land-mark monograph (Valerius Maximus and the Rhetoric of the New Nobility), if Valerius is cited at all, he is usually in the footnotes of works on Roman history. Rarely do scholars study the Facta et dicta memorabilia for its own sake, or the way in which Valerius has shaped and edited material from previous sources into his chosen genre of exemplary literature. Furthermore, the influence of the intellectual climate of Tiberian Rome on Valerius’ work has merited slight comment by scholars.


FECHA LÍMITE/DEADLINE/SCADENZA: 01/02/2017


FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 23-24-25/10/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: School of Languages and Literatures, University of Cape Town, Cape Town (South Africa)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr Jeffrey Murray ; Professor David Wardle


INFO: jeffreymurray@antiqua.co.za ; David.Wardle@uct.ac.za


CALL:

This conference aims to discuss new perspectives on Valerius Maximus. We invite, therefore, 300 word abstracts for 30 minute papers on the conference theme. Topics for papers could address any of the following questions, and potentially many more:

  • Valerius Maximus and Roman history

  • Valerius Maximus and exemplary literature

  • The sources of the Facta et dicta memorabilia

  • Valerius Maximus and the ‘thought world’ of Tiberian Rome

  • Valerius Maximus and moral philosophy

  • The reception history of the Facta et dicta memorabilia

Please send abstracts to both Dr Murray (jeffreymurray@antiqua.co.za) and Professor Wardle (David.Wardle@uct.ac.za) by 1 February 2017.


We are committed to providing decisions about the acceptance of abstracts by March 2017, in order to enable speakers to make travel arrangements.


We look forward to welcoming delegates to Cape Town in October 2017.

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