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Manipulation of discourse in antiquity - 12-13-14/11/2018, Stellenbosch (South Africa)


The conference aims to explore the phenomenon of discourse manipulation for the purpose of establishing and/or maintaining hegemony over views generally held by the public on a particular issue or event. The aim is to focus on calculated control over public opinion in the political, religious, social, or similar spheres. This would include narratives that invent, reshape or guard over a particular point of view or version and purposeful selective memory on the one hand, and narratives that contest, marginalize and suppress alternative views by ignoring, labelling and smearing opposing voices on the other. The conference organizers will consider papers in the fields of ancient history, literature and material culture concerned with any form of public discourse management and ‘limiting the spectrum of acceptable opinion’ (Chomsky).

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 12-13-14/11/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Lanzerac Estate Hotel (Stellenbosch, South Africa)




- Precio de la conferencia / Conference fee / prezzo della conferenza: R700 (c. $60) por día / per day / al giorno

- Lugar de celebración / Venue / Luogo: Lanzerac Estate (

- Transporte / transport/ trasporto: Se facilitará transporte al aeropuerto y para el traslado durante los días de conferencias /We will provide transport from Cape Town International Airport (40 mins drive) on 11 November, as well as between town centre accommodation and the conference venue on the conference days/ Lo spostamento in bus andate e ritorno dal aeroporto e dal alloggio è a carico dell'organizzazione

- Alojamiento/ Accommodation/ alloggio: Stellenbosch has numerous guesthouses, b&b’s and hotels in town from c. R1300 p.p.p.n. Convenient pickup from the group Roosenwijn, Bonne Esperance, Caledon Villa, Villa Grande, Die Laan, Fynbos, Malan’s.

- Excursión/ excursion / giro: a trip to Cape Town on 15 November for those interested. Please note: The 19th Unisa Classics colloquium on ‘Making and Unmaking Memory’ is hosted in Pretoria on 7-10 November 2018, should you require further academic justification for a trip to SA.


Monday, November 12 09:00: Therese Fuhrer (München), Unsettling effects and disconcertment – strategies of enacting interpretations in Roman historiography. 09:40: Kristof Vermote (Ghent), The instrumentality of libertination in Roman correspondences. 10:20: Nandini Pandey (Wisconsin Madison), Manufacturing his majesty: Augustus, the poets, and maiestas in Roman discourse. 11:20: Bronwen Neil (Macquarie), Manipulating the message: Gelasius’ Letter 12 to Anastasius Augustus. 12:20: Louis Jonker (Stellenbosch), Negotiating priestly identity conflicts in the late Persian and early Hellenistic periods: Chronicles in manipulative discourse with the late theocratic revisions of Numbers. 14:00: John Hilton (UKZN), Manipulating discourse: the case of Julian's Hymn to the Mother of the Gods 14:40: Fabian Schulz (Tübingen), Discourse manipulation in the Arian controversy: the case of Athanasius and Constantius II 15:40: Jeremy Punt (Stellenbosch), Paul: rhetorically gifted, or discursively manipulative? A Philippians case study. 16:20: Michael Coombes (Stellenbosch), Young Augustine: master rhetor or petulant bully? Perspectives from the Contra Fortunatum Tuesday, November 13 08:30: Grant Parker (Stanford), Domitian's obelisks as medium and message 09:10: Gabriele Cornelli (Universidade de Brasilia), Manipulating Alcibiades: Plato and his apology of Socrates 09:50: Matthew Shelton (St Andrews), Double-voiced madness in Plato’s Phaedrus 11:00: Lunette Warren (Stellenbosch), Moral exempla in the Lives: Plutarch’s Octavia and Cleopatra 11:40: Luiz Ribeiro (Toronto/Stellenbosch), The elided Jewish desiring man in mediterranean Antiquity: A modest archaeology of its disappearing act from historiographical discourse." 12:20: Franziska Naether (Leipzig), Menacing the gods: Graeco-Roman magical practitioners challenging the gods and the emperors 14:00: Jo-Marie Claassen (Stellenbosch), Augustus’ Res Gestae: ‘alternative truths’ or ‘fake news’? 14:40: Marianne Dircksen (NWU), Tacitus’ portrayal of imperial women: manipulation of the public view? 15:40: Renate van Dijk-Coombes (Stellenbosch), Empire of lies: the birth and death of the Akkadian empire in the public narrative 16:20: Izak Cornelius (Stellenbosch), “These gates I orthostated”. The monumental imagery of the cities of Carchemish and Sam’al (ca. 10th-8th centuries BCE) and the manipulation of public opinion Wednesday, November 14 08:30: Martin Hose (München), The cause of the Peloponnesian War: traces of manipulation of discourse in Attic comedy and historiography 09:10: Jakub Filonik (Jagiellonian University, Krakow), The power of metaphor in political discourse: the case of classical Athens 09:50: David van Schoor (Rhodes), Out of thin air, some voice: Greek drama as pre-Socratic science fiction 11:00: Frances Pownall (Alberta), The foundation and the refoundation of Athenian democracy in Isocrates and Xenophon. 11:40: Joanna Janik (Jagiellonian University, Krakow), ἐγώ - ὑμεῖϛ – Demosthenes and Isocrates facing the audience in court (De corona, Antidosis). 12:20: Timothy Howe (St Olaf), The ‘pursuit’ of kings: narratological tools and historical manipulation in Ptolemy’s History of Alexander 14:00: Adrian Tronson (New Brunswick), From Caesar to CNN: on reporting war and exploiting induced chaos 14:40: Donna Storey (Melbourne), The propaganda of Mussolini’s romanità and the shaping of ancient Rome to fit the Fascist reality

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