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“Conceptualising the Divine: Revelations, Internalisations and Identifications with the Divine in th


Proposals are invited for papers on the conference theme, which aims at contextualising the concepts of the divine, focusing on revelations, internalisations and identifications with the divine in the Greek, Near Eastern and African worlds. Possible areas of interest involve public and personal religious attitudes, ways of religious interactions, divination, magic, the mysteries, Orphic cosmogony, internalisations of the divine, epiphanies, theurgy, unions with the divine and philosophical approaches for establishing these unions. The conference theme is inclusive of a wide range of specialisations, including Classical, Hellenistic and Late Antique Literature, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, comparative religious studies, Jewish, Christian and Patristic literature; and religious texts from Persia, Babylonia and Northern Africa (Egypt, Libya, Numidia and Mauretania).

Keynote addresses: Ian Rutherford, University of Reading ; Robert Ritner, University of Chicago

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 20-21-22/04/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University, Potchefstroom (South Africa)





Thursday April 20

8:00–10:00 Registration

09:45–10:00 Welcome and Introductions (Eleni Pachoumi)

10:00–11:20 Session 1 Chair: Christopher Tuplin

10:00–10:40 Ian Rutherford (University of Reading) “Human-divine Interactions in Hittite and Greek Religion”

10:40–11:20 Robert Ritner (University of Chicago) ““I know the god who is in people”: The Dynamics of Human and Divine Interactions in Ancient Egypt”

11:20–11:45 Refreshments

11:45–12:45 Session 2 Chair: Eleni Pachoumi

11:45–12:15 Anatole Mori (University of Missouri) “Sea Changes and Shining Thetis in Apollonius’ Argonautica”

12:15–12:45 Daniel Malamis (Rhodes University) “Defining the Gods: Style and Function in the Orphic Hymns”

12:45–14:00 Lunch

14:00–15:00 Session 3 Chair: Philip Bosman

14:00–14:30 Hansie Wolmarans (University of Johannesburg) “Revelatory Discourse and LGBTI People. Special and Natural Revelation in Conflict”

14:30–15:00 At Lamprecht (NWU) “The Conception of a Spatial Centric Essence for a Divine Epiphany in the Hebrew Bible: A comparison between Exodus 3 and Job 1-2”

15:00–15:30 Refreshments

15:30–16:30 Session 4 Chair: Hansie Wolmarans

15:30–16:00 Stefan Hodges-Kluck (University of Tennessee) “Dressing for the Divine: Emperor Julian on Priestly Robes and Philosopher’s Cloaks”

16:00–16:30 Dmitry Biriukov (National Research University, HSE Russia) “The New Reconstruction of Eunomius’ Doctrine of the Supernatural”

19:00 Conference dinner

Friday April 21

10:00–11:10 Session 5 Chair: Ian Rutherford

10:00–10:40 Bert van den Berg (University of Leiden) “Experiencing the Divine: Neoplatonists on Emotions and Divine Revelation”

10:40–11:10 Eleni Pachoumi (NWU) “Theurgic Identifications in Proclus”

11:10–11:40 Refreshments

11:40 - 12:40 Session 6 Chair: Bert van den Berg

11:40–12:10 Philip Bosman (Stellenbosch University) “Clashing conceptions of the divine in Lucian”

12:10–12:40 Susan Haskins (University of Pretoria) “The Conceptualisation of Isis as a Supreme Female Divine in the 2nd century AD Greek and Roman Worlds”

12:40–14:00 Lunch

14:00–15:10 Session 7 Chair: Robert Ritner

14:00–14:40 Christopher Tuplin (University of Liverpool) “The Intersection of Gods and Kings in Achaemenid Iran”

14:40–15:10 Izak Cornelius (Stellenbosch University) “Hammurapi of Babylon and / as the Sun god”

15:10 – 15:30 Refreshments

15:30–16:30 Session 8 Chair: Izak Cornelius

15:30–16:00 Renate Marian van Dijk-Coombes (Stellenbosch University) “He rose and entered before the goddess”: Gilgamesh’s interactions with the goddesses in the Epic of Gilgamesh

16:00–16:30 Lucas G Freire (NWU) “Economic Roles of Šamaš in Old Babylonian Texts”

16:30–17:00 Concluding Remarks

19:00 Conference dinner

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