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Speaking Religion: Religious Discourse and Public Speaking in Classical Athens and Beyond - 19/06/2018, Nicosia (Cyprus)


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 19/06/2018


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus)










08:30-09:20                             Registration

09:20-09:30                             Welcome speech by Costas Constantinou, Vice Rector of the University of Cyprus

09:30-09:40                             Welcome speech by Stavroula Constantinou, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Letters at the University of Cyprus

09:40-10:00                             Introduction by Andreas Serafim, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cyprus

10:00-11:00                             Keynote Address

                                                 Chair: Georgios Xenis (University of Cyprus)

                                                 Edward M. Harris (University Durham & University of Edinburgh): Religion and the Rule of Law

11:00-11:30                            Coffee/Tea Break

11:30-14:00                            Panel 1 ~ Religion in/as Performance

Chair: Stavroula Constantinou (University of Cyprus)

11:30-12:00   Hannah Willey (University of Cambridge): The allure and the fear of performative religious rhetoric. Comparing Plato and the orators.

12:00-12:30   Despina Keramida (University of Cyprus): The Rhetoric of Magic in Ovid’s Epistulae Heroidum

12:30-13:00   Stella Alekou (University of Cyprus): Manus in actio and manus iniectio in Roman ritual: forensic discourse in Ovid’s Heroides

13:00-13:30   Elizabeth DePalma Digeser (University of California, Santa Barbara): Excavating Lactantius’ Divine Institutes within the Religious Topography of Constantine’s Gaul

13:30-14:00   Glenn S. Holland (Allegheny College): Argument and Performance in the Creation of a Rhetorical Matrix in Paul’s Churches

14:00-15:00                             Lunch

15:00-16:00                            Panel 2 ~ Religion, Politics and Morality

Chair: Antonia Giannouli (University of Cyprus)

15:00-15:30   Michael Paschalis (University of Crete): The Discourse of Religious and Moral Decline in Horace, Odes 3.6: Beyond the Augustan Context

15:30-16:00   Leonora Neville (University of Wisconsin Madison): Civic Religion in Tenth-Century Constantinople

16:00-17:00                            Panel 3 ~ Religion and Rituals in Public Speaking

Chair: Antonis Petrides (Open University of Cyprus)

16:00-16:30   Rebecca Van Hove (King’s College London): Recording divine words: archiving and re-using oracles in classical Athens

16:30-17:00   James W. Watts (Syracuse University): Pollution as a rhetorical topos in ancient texts and cultures

17:00-17:30                            Coffee/Tea Break

17:30-18:30                            Panel 4 ~ Religious Discourse in Christianity

Chair: Maria Ypsilanti (University of Cyprus)

17:30-18:00   Roger Rees (University of St Andrews): Latin panegyrical oratory in a century of religious change

18:00-18:30   Hanne Roer (University of Copenhagen): Augustine’s De civitate Dei: a Mirror of Classical Rhetoric

18:30-18:45                             Final remarks by Maria Ypsilanti, Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus

20:00                                       Dinner

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