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That Other Crowd. Nethergods in the ancient Greek mythical imagination -04-05-06-07/09/2017, München (Germany)








Analogously to ancient Greek religion, the body of the ancient Greek myth seems to distinguish between two ranks of deities. The first rank comprises Olympians: Zeus’ extended family, prototypical gods, ageless and immortal, living in bliss on radiant Mt Olympus. By exclusion, the second, extremely heterogeneous group encompasses all the remaining deities, not necessarily anthropomorphic and often associated with darker and grimmer forces of the world. Coming from ‘peripheral’ branches of the divine family tree, these non-Olympian divinities inhabit liminal spaces far from Olympian gods and men, hidden at the margins of Olympus-centred mythologies, geographies and narratives. Cunning, uncanny, awesome and enchanting, they stand in contrast to Olympians and their ways, but nonetheless perform crucial—even if underappreciated—roles in upholding the regime of Zeus.
Confirmed speakers:  Jenny Strauss Clay (UVA); Diana Burton (Victoria/ICS); Daniel Ogden (Exeter); George A. Gazis (Durham); Ellie Mackin (ICS/Leicester); Maciej Paprocki (LMU Munich); Gary Vos (Edinburgh).


FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 04-05-06-07/09/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Distant Worlds Graduate School, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (München, Germany)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Ellie Mackin (Leicester); Maciej Paprocki (LMU Munich); Gary Vos (Edinburgh).


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Ayudas parciales (más de 100 €) disponibles para aquellos participantes cuyas instituciones no pueden cubrir por completo los gastos del viaje / Partial travel bursaries (up to 100 €) will also be available for participants whose institutions ​are not able to fully cover their travel expenses.





16:00 – 16:15
Ellie Mackin (Leicester/ICS), Maciej Paprocki (LMU Munich), Gary Vos (Edinburgh) 

16:15 – 17:15
Keynote Lecture 
Nux, Styx, and Hecate in Hesiod’s Theogony
Jenny Strauss Clay (University of Virginia)

Conference dinner at a local restaurant


09:00 – 11:00 Session 1 

Gods gone native? Kirke, Aeëtes and Medea set against Olympian-backed heroes
Maciej Paprocki (LMU Munich)

Negotiating immortality or ablating bodies: the Ouranian Eos in Zeus’ weighing of souls
Eleonora Colangelo (Paris Diderot University / AnHiMA Centre (Paris) / University of Pisa) 

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30 Session 2

Locals in the Underworld: Demeter, Hades, and Persephone in Hermione
Ellie Mackin (University of Leicester/Institute of Classical Studies)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:30 Session 3

Characterisation and colour within the representation of Sleep in the Iliad
Yukiko Saito (University of Liverpool / Kyoto Seika University)

Eros as a nethergod
Natasha M. Binek (Cornell University)

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00 Session 4

Drakainai: the phenomenon of the female anguipede
Daniel Ogden (University of Exeter)


9:00 - 11:00 Session 5

A Faux Hesiodic Genealogy in the Aeneid: Fama’s Stemma and Its Ramifications
Gary Vos (University of Edinburgh)

Divine dealers and distributors – Demeter, Damia, and other daimones
Fritz-Gregor Herrmann (Swansea University)    

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30 Session 6

Hades, Zeus, Demeter: the ruler, the farmer, and the god of death
Diana Burton (Victoria University of Wellington)

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:30 Session 7

Death casts 'bones': Greek embodiments of fate

Karolina Sekita (Oxford University)

Hell is for the living: the allegorization of Hades as air and its consequences

Marco Antonio Santamaría Álvarez (University of Salamanca)    

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00 Session 8

Heralds of light and messengers of darkness – dreams and the poetics of miscommunication
George A. Gazis (University of Durham)


9:00 - 11:00 Session 9

New gods? Gigantomachy and the old generation of heroes in the Iliad and the Odyssey
Katarzyna Kostecka (University of Warsaw)

Gigantomachy and Titanomachy: cosmic stasis 

David J. Wright (Rutgers University)    

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30 Session 10

Roundtable discussion and closing remarks


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