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Historical approaches to later Latin literature -08-09/09/2017, Edinburgh (Scotland)

This conference is preparatory to a new Cambridge History of Later Latin Literature edited by Gavin Kelly and Aaron Pelttari. Latin literature survives in far greater quantity and diversity from the period of ca. 100 to 700 than from its first 350 years. Nevertheless, the tendency remains, not only in literary histories, but in the mindset of many scholars and students of the Roman world, to conceive of Latin literature as a narrative which ends, or is transformed, many centuries before Roman history terminates. In this volume, 47 chapters cover change and continuity in texts of all kinds: as well as chapters organised by periods, genres, and authors, there will be chapters dedicated to the contexts of literature – such as the educational system and the technology of books – and general trends – such as the late antique turn towards autobiography, and the development of a more episodic and fragmented aesthetic.

A great deal of work has been done on late antiquity in recent years, but scholarship is still often disconnected between the various disciplines that share the end of the ancient world and the early centuries of medieval Europe. This project aims to consolidate the scholarly gains of previous generations but also to ask new questions and invite new directions for the future, with chapters written by leading international scholars. Their work currently in progress will be presented at this conference.

FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 08-09/09/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh (Scotland)


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-£60 (it covers lunches, coffees, and a dinner on Friday evening)

Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association a few bursaries are available for postgraduate students who would like to attend. To apply for a bursary, please email your CV and a brief explanation of how you would benefit from attending this conference to Aaron Pelttari ( by August 7 in the first instance.


8 September 2017

9.30-11.00 – Session 1 – Social and Linguistic Contexts

  • Justin Stover (Edinburgh), ‘The book in the Roman and post-Roman world’

  • Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh), ‘Prose rhythm’

11.15-12.45 – Session 2 – From the Age of Trajan to the Age of Constantine

  • Eric Rebillard (Cornell), ‘The beginnings of Christian Latin literature’

  • Catherine Ware (Cork), ‘Literary culture in the empire of Diocletian and Constantine’

13.00-14.00 – Lunch

14.00-15.30 – Session 3 – The Empire after Constantine 1

  • Mark Vessey (UBC), ‘Literature and the church in the post-Constantinian empire’

  • John Weisweiler (Maryland), ‘Literature and government in the post-Constantinian empire’

15.30-16.00 – Coffee

16.00-17.30 – Session 4 – The Empire after Constantine 2

  • Roger Green (Glasgow), 'Secular and Christian poetry'


18.30 – Conference dinner

9 September 2017

9.30-11.00 – Session 5 – Models and Trends

Catherine Conybeare, (Bryn Mawr), 'The autobiographical turn'


11.15-12.45 – Session 6 – Genres 1

  • Ilaria Ramelli (Milan), ‘Secular and Christian commentaries in late antiquity’

  • Matthijs Wibier (Pavia), ‘Legal writing, its forms, and influence’

13.00-14.00 – Lunch

14.00-15.30 – Session 7 – Genres 2

  • Hildegund Müller (Notre Dame), ‘Sermons’

  • Jean-Louis Charlet (Aix-Marseille), ‘Hymns’

15.30-16.00 – Coffee

16.00-17.30 – Session 8 – Genres 3

  • Christa Gray (Reading), 'Secular and Christian biography'

  • TBD

17.30-18.00 – Closing discussion

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