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Unabridged. Epitome From Fragmentation To Re-composition (and Back-Again) - 05-06/06/2018, Roma (Italy)



For centuries, the term epitome did not enjoy great appreciation, intuitively connected as it was to an idea of textual recycling and derivativeness. It is thus no coincidence that a number of ages in which epitomatory works witnessed a widespread diffusion – from Late Antiquity up to the long season of humanistic and late humanistic erudition – were equally doomed to an aesthetical damnatio memoriae. Yet, in more recent years a renovated scholarly enthusiasm has been paving the way for both an aesthetic and heuristic revaluation of these “obscure objects”.  We would like  to conceptualize epitomai as the result of two very basic movements, dismemberment and re-composition, and to survey the hermeneutic fields so disclosed.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 05-06/06/2018


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Academia Belgica, Roma (Roma, Italy)


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June 5

9:15 – 9:30

Introduction by Marco Formisano and Paolo F. Sacchi

9:30 – 10:15

Rosalind MacLachlan (University of Birmingham), Epitome and Enchiridion: Summarising Bodies of Thought

Jesús Hernández Lobato (University of Salamanca), Epitomizing Silence: the Apophthegmata Patrum as an Impossible Encyclopaedia of Unknowing

Respondent: Wim Verbaal

10:15 – 11:00

Victoria Leonard (University of London), Orosius’ Historiae and the Predicament of Genre

Ben Cartlidge (University of Liverpool), Athenaeus, Epitome, Fragment, Edition: the Dialectic of Epitomization

Respondent: Marco Formisano


11:15 – 12:00

Tim Noens (Ghent University), Away with Chronology. Re-composition, Time and Memory in Pliny The Younger’s Epistulae and Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak Memory

Florence Kesseler (University of Besançon – Franche Comté), L’Iliade latine: quelle réappropriation d’Homère?

Respondent: Michael Paschalis


14:00 – 14:45

Paolo Liverani (University of Florence), Epitome and its Surroundings Between Written and Figural Domain

Lucas Herchenroeder (University of Southern California), Locating Elis: Language and Sense of Place in Pausanias’ Description of Greece

Respondent: Stelios Panayotakis

14:45 – 15:30

Grant Parker (University of Stanford), Solinus and Geographical Epitomization

Brian P. Sowers (City University of New York), Ausonius Epitomist, Encyclopedism and Ordering Knowledge in Late Antique Gaul

Respondent: Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed


15:45 – 16:30

Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed (University of Uppsala), Persephone in Pieces

Antoine Paris (University of Paris-Sorbonne/ University of Montréal), Le texte démembré. Le démembrement de Dionysos comme image des Stromates

Respondent: Marco Formisano

16:30 – 17:15

Scott McGill (Rice University), Twelve Little Aeneids: The Argumenta of the So-Called Twelve Wise Men

Mohammad Reza Fallah Nejad (University of Ahvaz), Le rêve de Barthes au Collège de France : des Fragments critiques aux recompositions littéraires

Respondent: Paolo F. Sacchi

Conference dinner

June 6

9:30 – 10:15

Michael Paschalis (University of Crete), From Sallust to Livy to Florus: No Epitomator in Sight

Robert A. Rohland (University of Cambridge), Carpe, carpe! – Cutting carpe diem

Respondent: Cristiana Sogno

10:15 – 11:00

Michael Hanaghan (University of Cork), Textual Unity and the Model Reader of the Epitome de Caesaribus

Virginia Burrus (University of Syracuse), Dionysius’ Imaginary Library

Respondent: Scott McGill


11: 20– 12:05

Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge), The Kaleidoscopic World of Symphosius’ Aenigmata

Alice Borgna (University of the Piemonte Occidentale), The Epitomizer: No-personality Man or Post-production Editor? The Case of Justin’s Epitoma of Pompeius Trogus

Respondent: Michael Hanaghan

12:05– 12:50

Irena Kristeva (University of Sofia), Les Petits traités de Pascal Quignard: un exemple d’épitomés (anti)modernes

Stelios Panayotakis (University of Crete), The Unanswered Question: Riddles and Epitome in Apollonius of Tyre

Respondent: Paolo F. Sacchi


14:20 – 15:05

Jared Hudson (Harvard University), The Empire in the Epitome: Florus and the Conquest of Historiography

Ana Kiffer (University of Rio de Janeiro), Autour des cahiers, l’écriture ‘défigurée’: comment peut-on la reconnaître?

Respondent: Wim Verbaal

15:05 – 16:00

Final response and discussion

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