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As It Is Written'? Uses of Sources in Ancient Mediterranean Texts - 11-12/10/2018, Göttingen (Germany)






This workshop aims to bring together an international group of scholars from the fields of Classics and Ancient Near Eastern Studies to discuss and compare the uses of sources in ancient texts, with specific focus on works with a religious/mythological component. Through an interdisciplinary approach to this topic, the workshop seeks to shed new light on the dynamics of the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge related to religion and myth in cultures across the Mediterranean.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 11-12/10/2018


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Georg-August-Universität (Göttingen, Germany)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Chiara Meccariello; Jennifer Singletary





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Day One: Thursday, 11 October 2018

8.30-9.00 Registration
9.00-9.30 Greetings and introduction

Session 1: Methodological and Practical Approaches
9.30-10.15 SZILVIA JÁKA-SÖVEGJÁRTÓ (University of Heidelberg), Source Texts as Authority Constructions: a Conceptual Approach to the Old Babylonian Literary Discourse

10.15-11.00 LAURA K. CARLSON (Yale University), Archives Re-Made: Building Virtual Collections in Ancient Jewish Historiography

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.15 NEREIDA VILLAGRA (University of Lisbon), Source Citations in the Scholia to the Odyssey: References, Subscriptions and the Mythographus Homericus

12.15-13.00 SO MIYAGAWA (University of Göttingen), Quotation from the Psalms and Its Authority in Shenoute’s Monastic Education

13.00-14.15 Lunch

Session 2: Sources and Power
14.15-15.00 IDAN BREIER (Bar-Ilan University), Direct Quotation as a Rhetorical Device in the Discourse of the Prophets of the Kingdom of Judah

15.00-15.45 ILARIA ANDOLFI (University of Heidelberg), A Writing Hard to Wash Off: a Re- assessment of the Story about Acusilaus and his Bronze Tablets

15.45-16.15 Coffee break

16.15-17.00 FRANCESCA BOLDRER (University of Macerata), Sacra...canam: Propertius’ Use of Sources in Aetiological-Religious Poetry

18.00-19.00 Keynote Lecture 1: DAVID WRIGHT (Brandeis University), The Covenant Code Narrative: Neo-Assyrian Influences and Context

Day Two: Friday, 12 October 2018

Session 3: Manipulation of Sources
9.30-10.15 MICHAEL CHEN (University of California, Los Angeles/Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Adapting Ancient Egyptian Healing Spells to Late Period Statuary

10.15-11.00 MATHIAS WINKLER (University of Siegen), The Book of Proverbs: Sources Become Invisible

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.15 DANIELA COLOMO (University of Oxford), Greek Rhetoric and “Fake” Sources: the Case of the Ur-Medea

12.15-13.00 TERESA RÖGER (University of Cambridge), “Once God Has Spoken; Twice Have I Heard This”: Fragmentation and (Mis-)Quotation in Augustine, City of God 5.8/9

13.00-14.15 Lunch

Session 4: Divine Sources

14.15-15.00 CARLOS GRACIA ZAMACONA (University of Glasgow), Divine Words in the Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts (c. 2000-1500 BC)

15.00-15.45 GINA KONSTANTOPOULOS (University of Helsinki), These Are of the Mouth of Ea: the Divine Origin of Incantations and the Mesopotamian Exorcist

15.45-16.15 Coffee break

16.15-17.00 URSULA WESTWOOD (University of Oxford), Humanly Divine? The Use of Ancient Sources in Josephus’ “Life of Moses” (Jewish Antiquities II-IV) and Plutarch’s Solon

18.00-19.00 Keynote Lecture 2: STEFAN SCHORN (University of Leuven), Tradition and Imagination in Porphyry’s Description of Jewish Sacrifice


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