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Ritual and Politics, Invidual and Community in Plutarch's Works, An International Colloquium -27

Plutarch’s Lives and essays (many with a specifically religious focus) are a mine of descriptions of ritual acts, such as sacrifices, processions, theoriae, dedications, ceremonial feasting, public orations, song and/or dance in religious or secular contexts, whether performed by individuals or groups. How do these representations contribute to the characterization of individuals and/or communities? What do they tell us about the way individuals relate to their peers or to their community at large? And/or the ways cities or other forms of community relate to one another? How do rituals interact with politics (personal and communal, local or inter-state)? How do they affect individual and communal identities? These are some of the questions this colloquium will address focusing on Plutarch’s works.

FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 27-28-29-30/04/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Xenia Student Cultural Center, Sofokli Venizelou 16, 74100, Rethymnon (Greece)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Lucia Athanassaki ; Frances Titchener

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Thursday 27 April 17.30-18.30 Moderator: Lucia Athanassaki 17.30 Opening comments: Vice-Rector Konstantinos Spanoudakis 17.40-18.30 Michele Lucchesi, ‘Heroization in Plutarch's Parallel Lives’ 18.30-20.30 Moderator: Tasos Nikolaidis 18.30-19.20 Michael Paschalis, ‘Plutarch’s manipulation of the proskynesis affair (Life of Alexander, ch. 54)’ 19.20-19.40 Refreshments 19.40-20.30 Giustina Monti, ‘Alexander's ritual performances and publicity stunt: the construction of a political identity within the Greek and eastern communities’ 20. 45 Dinner (Rethymnon, seafront)

Friday 28 April 10.00-11.40 Moderator: Kostas Apostolakis 10.00-10.50 Maria Fragoulaki, 'Comparing portraits: Nicias' wealth in Plutarch and Thucydides' 10.50-11.40 Lucia Athanassaki, ‘Manipulations of Rituals: Intended and Unintended Consequences Consequences in the Lives of Cimon and Nicias’ 11.40-12.00 Coffee, Refreshments 12.00-14.00 Moderator: Dimos Spatharas 12.00-12.50 Chris Pelling, ‘Ritual-gone-wrong in Demetrius and Antony; or, “you're not a deity, you're just a very naughty boy”’ 12.50-13.40 Ewen Bowie, ‘Greek élites and the Caesars: cult and cultivation from a Plutarchan perspective’ 13.40 Lunch break 16.30-18.30 Moderator: Athena Kavoulaki 16.30-17.20 Joseph Geiger, ‘Ritual and Monotheism: Plutarch on the Jews’ 17.20-18.10 Katerina Oikonomopoulou, ‘Ritual and communal identity in Plutarch's Greek and Roman Questions’ 18.10-18.30 Coffee, Refreshments 18.30-20.30 Moderator: Stelios Panayotakis 18.30-19.20 Paolo Desideri, ‘Roman festivals in Plutarch's Life of Romulus’ 19.20-20.10 Judith Mossman, ‘Plutarch and the Roman Triumph’ 20.30 Dinner (Rethymnon, Old Town)

Saturday 29 April 9.30-11.10 Moderator: Zacharoula Petraki 9.30-10.20 Aristoula Georgiadou, ‘Rites of passage and the case of Plutarch's Erotikos’ 10.20-11.10 Anna Lefteratou, ‘The Cave digression in Plutarch's Crassus’ 11.10-11.30 Coffee, refreshments 11.30-13.10 Moderator: Lucia Athanassaki 11.30-12.20 Anastasios Nikolaidis, ‘Divination and Oracles: the Ritual of the Struggle between Reason and the Irrational’ 12.20-13.10 Frances Titchener, ‘Plutarch’s Shadow Women’ 13.20 Departure for Eleutherna – Lunch at Eleutherna 15.30 Visit to the Museum and the Archaeological Site 20.30 Dinner (Rethymnon, Old Town)

Sunday 30 April 11.00-13.00 Conclusions – Lucia Athanassaki and Frances B. Titchener

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