The Athenian Funeral Oration: 40 Years after Nicole Loraux - 09-10-11/07/2018, Strasbourg (France)
In 1981 the great French ancient historian, Nicole Loraux, published a transformational study of this oration - The Invention of Athens: The Funeral Oration in the Classical City. Loraux proved that it had played a central part in maintaining Athenian self-identity. Yet, despite her study’s huge impact, it was far from complete. Her study did not compare the funeral oration and the other genres of Athens’s popular literature and Loraux could therefore not prove her claim that the funeral oration was the most important of these genres. This aim of this conference is to complete Loraux’s study by making this comparison. In doing so it will furnishe new studies of the five extant funeral orations and the most-comprehensive account to date of war’s place in democratic Athens’s popular culture.
FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 09-10-11/07/2018
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: David M. Pritchard (Université du Queensland/Université de Strasbourg)
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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: 145€ Aquí/here/qui Deadline: 11/06/2018
This fee covers day-to-day catering as well as the conference dinner on Tuesday 10 July.
- Death for the Fatherland in Democratic Athens Keynote Addresses by Professor Peter Hunt (Boulder) and Professor Dominique Lenfant (Strasbourg)
In the ancient democracy of classical Athens a funeral speech was delivered once a year in honour of those who had died in battle for the fatherland. For the Athenians it was a vitally important speech because it reminded them who they were as a democratic people and why they had sacrificed their sons in war.
In these keynote addresses, two of the world’s leading historians of ancient Greece put this speech back into its rich historical context. Professor Peter Hunt (Boulder) shows how the funeral oration fitted into the general discussion of war and peace in Athenian democracy. Professor Dominique Lenfant (Strasbourg) explores how funeral speeches portrayed democracy itself as a cause of Athenian military success. This public event will be chaired by Professor Violaine Sebillotte Cuchet (Sorbonne). There will be a pause for afternoon tea between the two keynote addresses.