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Shaping Good Faith. Modes of Communication in Ancient Diplomacy - 11-12/10/2018, Berlin (Germany)




The conference will focus on the ritual dimension of diplomatic meetings among ancient cultures of Greece, Rome and the Near East between the 6th and the 1st century BC. Particular emphasis will be laid on conceptual differences between formal regulations (wording of treaties, oath formulas, pledges) and possible underlying common ideas or shared values within the framework of diplomatic exchange.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 11-12/10/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: TOPOI Building Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr Francesco Mari (Berlin); Prof. Christian Wendt (Bochum)

INFO: web - francesco.mari@fu-berlin.de

INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Gratis/free/gratuito

PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA: Aquí/here/qui

11.10.2018


09:30 - 09:50 Coffee

09:50 - 10:00 Introduction


10:00 - 12:50

1) MAKING IT HAPPEN: IN RITUALS WE TRUST?

10:00 - 10:50

When rulers meet. Rituals of diplomatic encounter in Classical Greece

Gabriel Herman – Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

10:50 - 11:40

The politics of faithfulness: reciprocity and ritual in ancient Greek diplomacy

Lynette Mitchell – University of Exeter, United Kingdom

11:40 - 12:00

Coffee

12:00 - 12:50

Treaties and trust. Oaths as an element of securing interstate agreements

Sebastian Scharff – Universität Mannheim

12:50 - 13:50

Lunch

13:50 - 16:00

2) ESTABLISHING AND SHAPING GOOD FAITH BETWEEN COMMUNITIES

13:50 - 14:40

Bridging the gap: Using the past to shape good faith in Greek diplomatic speeches

Francesca Gazzano – Università Degli Studi di Genova, Italy

14:40 - 15:30

The role of xenia in diplomatic relations between Greeks and Persians

Dominique Lenfant – Université de Strasbourg, France

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee

16:00 - 17:40

3) NARRATIVES OF GREEK-PERSIAN DIPLOMACY: AUTHORIAL CONTEXTS

16:00 - 16:50

Xerxes' false friends: diplomacy and history during the Persian wars

Pietro Vannicelli – Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza'

16:50 - 17:40

Diplomatic mercenaries: treaties, truces and transactions in Xenophon's Anabasis

Christopher Tuplin – University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

20:00 - 21:00

Conference dinner

12.10.2018

09:00 - 09:20

Coffee

09:20 - 11:00

4) NARRATIVES OF GREEK-PERSIAN DIPLOMACY: CLOSE READINGS

09:20 - 10:10

Artaxerxes’ letter to the Spartans in Book 4 of Thucydides: contexts, style, and interpretation

Edith Foster – Freie Universität Berlin

10:10 - 11:00

From king to King: Persian royal ideology and Macedonian propaganda in the exchange of letters between Darius III and Alexander (Arr. An. II 14)

Francesco Mari – Freie Universität Berlin

11:00 - 11:20

Coffee

11:20 - 13:00

5) THE COMING OF ROME – THE SAME OLD STORY?

11:20 - 12:10

Perseus against Rome: A story of failed diplomacy?

Felix Maier – Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

12:10 - 13:00

Etiquette and Ambition. Partho-Roman Diplomacy and the Roman Republic in Crisis

Christian Wendt – Ruhr-Universität Bochum

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

Round Table

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