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14th Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry: Women and Power in Hellenistic Poetry - 21-22-23/08/2


The Department of Greek and Latin at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) hereby announces the fourteenth workshop in the series “Workshops on Hellenistic Poetry” to be held in Groningen on 21-23 August 2019. The theme of this workshop will be Women and Power in Hellenistic Poetry.Hellenistic poetry is full of powerful women, ranging from Ptolemaic queens and princesses to female divinities and epic heroines. An obvious question is therefore: why do we find so many powerful women in Hellenistic poetry, and in what ways do they differ from previous literary representations of women, for example, in Homeric epic, archaic lyric, and Athenian tragedy.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 21-22-23/08/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Groningen (Groningen, Netherlands)


INFO: web - J.J.H.Klooster@rug.n


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Wednesday August 21

17:00 Registration and Reception with drinks (location TBA)

Thursday August 22

09:00-9:20 Registration and welcome

Session 1 Royal Goddesses, Divine Queens

Chair: Annette Harder (RUG)

9:20-10:00 paper 1 Ben Acosta-Hughes (Ohio State University) That I Be Your Plaything. A Study of the Cult of Arsinoe-Aphrodite in Image and Text

Response: Jackie Murray (Kentucky)

10:00-10:40 paper 2 Kathleen Kidder (College of William and Mary, Chicago) What Angers Demeter also Angers Dionysus: Demeter and Dionysus as Ptolemaic Queen and King in Callimachus’ Hymn to Demeter

10:40-11:00 Break

11:00-11:40 paper 3 Brett Evans (University of Virginia) Courting the Queen: The Power Dynamics of Patronage as Metaphor for Marriage in Callimachus’ Victoria Berenices

11:40-12:20 paper 4 Thomas J. Nelson (Cambridge University) The Coma Stratonices: Hair Encomia, Queenly Power, and Ptolemaic-Seleucid Rivalry

Response: Annemarie Ambühl-Tehrany (Mainz)

12:20-13:50 Lunch

Session 2 Epic Women

Chair: Jacqueline Klooster (RUG)

13:50-14:30 paper 5 Irene Giaquinta (Universita di Catania) Hypsipyle from Euripides to Apollonius Rhodius: New Perspectives regarding Female Power in Hellenistic Poetry

Response: Mitchell Brown (William and Mary)

14:30-15:10 paper 6 Valeria Pace (Cambridge University) Moschus’ Europa as epic poetry gendered female

Response: Aikaterini Dimkou (Thessaloniki)

15:10-15:30 Break

Session 3 Anchoring female identity in the literary past

Chair: Saskia Peels (RUG)

15:30- 16:10 paper 7 André Lardinois (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) Sappho as Anchor for Male and Female Poets in the Hellenistic Period

16:10- 17:00 paper 8 Brian McPhee (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill) Power Divine: Apollonius’ Medea and the Goddesses of the Homeric Hymns

Response: Jacopo Khalil (Rome)

19:00 Conference Dinner Location TBA

Friday August 23

Session 4 Female Gazes, Female Voices

Chair: Kathryn Gutzwiller (Cincinnati)

9:30-10:10 paper 9 Flavia Licciardello (Humboldt Universität Berlin) Female gaze in dedications: the case of Nossis

Response: Evi Zacharia (Nijmegen)

10:10-10:50 paper 10 Matthew Chaldekas (California-Riverside University) Seeing Statues: Authority, Erotic Power, and the Gendered Gaze in Theocritus

Response: Chiara Pesaresi (Venice)

10:50-11:10 Break

11:10-11:50 paper 11 Giulia Biffis (Reading University) Lycophron’s Cassandra, a powerful female poetic voice.

11:50-12:30 paper 12 Fabiana Lopes da Silveira (Oxford University) Sit back and watch: female power in Callimachus’ Hymn to Demeter

12:30-14:00 lunch

Session 5 Gendered Power, Powering Gender

Chair: Nita Krevans (Minnesota)

14:00-14:40 paper 13 Tueller (Arizona State University) Youth, Beauty, and Erotic Power: Women and Boys in Greek Epigram

14:40-15:20 paper 14 Simone Oppen (Columbia University) Revisiting Gender and Power in Callimachus Hymn 5

Break 15:20-15-30

15: 30- 16:10 paper 15 Christophe Cusset/Myrtille Remond (ENS Lyon) Femmes de pouvoir et pouvoirs des femmes dans les Syracusaines de Théocrite

16:10-16:30 Wrapping up session

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