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Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature 2017: TRANSFORMATION - 22-23/06/2017, Liverpool (England)





Transformation is a major, if somewhat under-explored, theme which pervades much of the ancient literary corpus.  The broad theme of transformation enjoys pan-generic treatment, and surfaces in ancient historical, philosophical, poetic, and rhetorical works.  This theme not only celebrates the diverse and ever-evolving areas explored in our study of ancient literature, but also reflects the pathways and methodologies used in these endeavours, and the future interdisciplinary potential of the subject.  This year, in recognition of the multi-disciplinary strengths of the Department of Archaeology, Classics, and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, we are especially keen to encourage submissions relating to the rich literary traditions of other ancient languages, in addition to Latin and Greek. We encourage broad, diverse, and exciting interpretations of the theme of transformation in Ancient Literature.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 22-23/06/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The University of Liverpool (Liverpool, England)


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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE:  Aquí/here/qui   Deadline: 18/06/2017


Ponente/speaker/conferenziere: £25


No ponente/non-speaker/non conferenziere: £15


University of Liverpool Staff and Students: gratis/free/gratuito




Thursday 22nd June 2017



0845-0930: Registration & Welcome (ELEC-203)



0930-1130: Session I


Panel I: Transformation & Intertextuality (ELEC-203)


Nina Ogrowsky

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The marriage between viper and moray eel in Achilles Tatius’ Leucippe and Clitophon -

A story of spatial representation and transformation


Benjamin Pullan

University of Exeter

'Praemia sunt pietatis ubi?': The gnat reads Aeneid VI.


Jared Hodgson

University of Manchester

'The Real (House) Wives of the Pharsalia: Episode 1 Cleopatra': An analysis of the portrayal of Cleopatra in Lucan's Pharsalia through elegiac allusion.


Marina Cavichiolo Grochocki

Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

The Dirae’s Transformation of Bucolic Poetry



Panel II: Transformation & Power (ELEC-205)


Ioannis Mitsios

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Cecrops: The Benefits of Diphyes and Mixanthropic Nature


Ludovico Pontiggia

University of Cambridge

Metamorphoses into anti-Caesarism: Ovid’s and Pompey’s Apotheoses


Alexandra Harmer

University College London

Themistocles in Persia: Historiographical Transformations


Angela Kinney

University of Vienna

Remodeling a Goddess? Fama, Fake News, and Populism in the Res Gestae of Ammianus Marcellinus


Panel III: Transformation & Transmission (ELEC-204)


Paula Tutty

University of Oslo

Into Egypt: The Transmission, Translation, and Reception of the Nag Hammadi Codices


Christelle Alvarez

University of Oxford

Carving Pyramid Texts into Pyramids: Textual Transformation and Adaptation to a New Context


Gianmarco Bianchini

University of Toronto

The Transformation of Ovid's Text in Carmina Latina Epigraphica


Antonio Iacoviello

Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Italy

The Transforming Use of an Oratorical Corpus: The Case of Dinarchus




1130-1200: Tea & Coffee Break



1200-1330: Session II


Panel I: Transformation & Reception (ELEC-205)


Phyllis Brighouse

University of Liverpool

The Transformative Impact on Ancient Literature of Arthur Mee's Conflation of Science and Religion in the Early 20th Century


Nina Franklin

University College London

From Bitter to Sweet and Back Again: The transformation of mono no aware in Longus' Daphnis and Chloe and Mishima's Shiosai



Panel II: Transformation & Women (ELEC-204) 


Giulia Corsino

University of Pisa

Transforming the role of women in philosophy. Initiatory aspects of women in Plato


Clelia Petracca

University of Turin

Transforming sexuality: The Athenian Oschophoria


Flavia Amaral

University of São Paulo, Brazil

From a sober dead maiden to a drunk dead wife: An example of Transformations in Greek Epigram



Panel III: Transformation & Creatures (ELEC-203)


  Katharine Mawford

University of Manchester

Changing Shapes: Proteus’ Animal Transformations in the Odyssey


Marina Mortoza

Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Beast to Beauty: a Small Commentary on Λάμια ἢ Σύβαρις by Antonino Liberalis


Julene Abad Del Vecchio

University of Manchester

“You are what you kill”: Feline Transformations in Statius’ Achilleid



1330-1430: Lunch



1430-1600: Session III 


Panel I: Transformation, Religion, & the Divine (ELEC-205)


Thais Rocha

University of São Paulo, Brazil

Persephone and Hecate in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter: Redefining Their Timai


Alice van den Bosch

University of Copenhagen

Gender bending Greek gods & Christian Martyrs


Marta Antola

University of Pisa

Plato’s shapeshifter: god or γόης?



Panel II: Transformation & Exemplarity (ELEC-203)


Giulia Maltagliati

Royal Holloway (University of London)

Perfect exempla: Isocrates’ Transformation of the Mythological Past


Laura Chambers

University of Manchester

Gendered Usability: Transforming the Study of Roman Exempla?


Elaine Sanderson

University of Liverpool

Mors nulla querella digna sua est: Anonymity and Demonstratio in Lucan’s Bellum Civile



Panel III: Transformation & Genre (ELEC-204)


Eleanora Colangelo

Paris Diderot University

“Something which is lasting”, or how hymnodic διήγημα turned into the “hymnillion”


Sabrina Mancuso

University of Tubingen

“γενομένου πράγματος ἀπομνημόνευσις εἰς ὁμοίωσιν τοῦ νῦν ζητουμένου”: transformation of uses and functions of the mythical paradigm from Homer to Sophocles


Marianna Nardi

University of Pisa

Socrates πολιτειῶν ζωγράφος: the transformation of Kallipolis by Atlantis' fiction


1600-1630: Tea & Coffee Break



1630-1730: Keynote Address (ELEC-203)

Professor Philip Hardie

University of Cambridge

'Metamorphosis in Late Antique Poetry'



1730-1830: Wine Reception 

This reception is generously sponsored by Liverpool University Press. 



1900: Conference Dinner




Friday 23rd June 2017  


0830-0900: Registration & Coffee (ELEC-203)



0900-1100: Session IV


Panel I: Transformation & Character (ELEC-203)


Maria Haley

University of Leeds

Tereus and the Tragicomic


Thodoris Andrianakis

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

From Tragedy to Epigram via Painting: Medea in Ecphrastic Epigrams PlA 135-143


Valasia Partaliou

University of Thrace, Greece

Transformation of Hercules in Senecas’ Hercules Furens: a conflict of his soul


Manolis Tsakiris

University of Edinburgh

Triphiodorus' Cassandra: The Transformation of a Literary Character



Panel II: Transformation & Drama (ELEC-204)


Vanessa Zetzmann

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany

The Transformation of Rhetorical Strategies in Greek Tragedy


Victoria Doherty-Bone

University of Liverpool

Mortal-Divine Antagonism in Tragedy, and its Relation to the anagnorisis in Sophocles’ Ajax


Antonia Schrader

University of Cambridge

Transforming the Tradition of Recognition on the Fifth-Century Athenian Stage


Vasileios Boutsis

University College London

Transforming Texts, Transforming Cities: Troification and the Unity of the Andromache



1100-1130: Tea & Coffee Break



1130-1330: Session V


Panel I: Transformation & Gender (ELEC-204)


Marina Galetaki

University of Bristol

Transforming gender or transcending it? Callisto’s many transformations in Apollodorus’ Bibliotheca 3.8.2


Christie Hall-Carr

University of Exeter

Transcending and Transforming Sex: The Powers of the Sumerian goddess Inanna/Ishtar


Alice Meacher

University of Exeter

Transforming Gender in Ovid’s Metamorphoses


Rosie Jackson

University of Manchester

A mother, a man, and a martyr: Gendered transformation in the Passio Perpetuae



Panel II: Transformation & Plato (ELEC-205)


Ni Yu

University of Edinburgh

Theory of Social Transformations across Platonic dialogues


Caitlin Prouatt

University of Reading

In Dialogue with Tradition: Plutarch's Use and Adaptation of a Literary Genre


Davide Massimo

Sapienza - Università di Roma

Time Changes Everything: a neglected distich ascribed to Plato (A.P. 9.51)


Lea Niccolai

University of Cambridge

Rethinking the Sovereign after Eusebius’ Life of Constantine: Julian the Emperor on the divinity of the Laws.



1330-1430: Lunch



1430-1600: Session VI


Panel I: Transformation & Self-Reflexivity  


Helen Dalton

University of Manchester

Transforming arma uirumque: Syntactical, Morphological and Metrical Dis-membra-ment in Statius’ Thebaid


Elia Marucci

University of Pisa

Metamorphoses of Weaving From Lyric to Philosophy: A Dialogue Between Plato, the Lyricists, and Aristophanes 


Hannah Burke-Tomlinson

King’s College London

Ovid’s Labyrinthine Ars: The Suppression of Cretan Sexual Furor in the Metamorphoses



Panel II: Transformation & Homer 


Corneliu Clop

University of Bucharest

Divination as an Instrument of Change in Homer and Greek Tragedy: Anti-Corruption and Patterns of Resistance to Change


Rafael Semedo

University of São Paulo, Brazil

Transforming Fabula into Text: Truth and Lies in Odysseus’ Narrative of his Adventures in the Odyssey


Konstantina Toumanidou

University of Vienna

Intertextuality behind the transformation of a character: the case of Laodice in the Iliad



1600-1630: Tea & Coffee Break 



1630-1800: Session VII


Panel I: Transformation & Translation (ELEC-204)


Jordan Poole

University of Liverpool

On Examinations By Which the Best Translations Are Recognized


Andria Michael

Royal Holloway, University of London

Translation as Linguistic and Sociopolitical Transformation: Intralingual Translation of Ancient Greek Drama on the Modern Greek Stage


Charlotte Sargent

University of Liverpool

The Expression and Social Context of the xnms Relationship in Middle and New Kingdom Ancient Egyptian Literary Texts



Panel II: Transformation & Knowledge (ELEC-205)



Marco Blumhofer

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Ancient Open Source-Texts? Transformations of Written Knowledge in Diogenes Laertius

(and related authors)


Maria Savva

University of Sorbonne, Paris

Διαφθορά : (In)visible Body Transformations in Ancient Greek Tragedy and Medicine


Andreas Streichhardt

University of Göttingen, Germany

Transforming Pagan Religious Content into General and Christian Education – Pagan Religious Cults and Concepts in Isidore ́s Etymologies



1800-1830: Closing Remarks & Announcement of 2018 Host Institution (ELEC-203)



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