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Assessing Cicero’s (in)constantia through the Ages - 21-22/06/2019, Leiden (Netherlands)


Cicero’s (in)constantia has consistently triggered readers in antiquity and beyond. In antiquity, one can think of Velleius Paterculus’ praise that Cicero acted with exceptional constantia in handling the Catilinarian conspiracy and contrast this to the critical remark by Iunius Bassus in Seneca’s Controversiae that Cicero lacked constantia. Famous is Petrarch’s disappointment about the inconsistency between Cicero’s public and private behaviour after having rediscovered his Letters to Atticus or Theodor Mommsen’s biting characterisation of Cicero as a person without any moral compass and without any consistent behaviour.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 21-22/06/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Leiden University (Leiden, Netherlands)



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Participation and the drinks on Friday are free of charge, but for the lunch on Saturday you would need to pay (15 euro).


Friday 21 June 2019:


Venue: LIPSIUS 148

12.30-13.00 Welcome & Introduction (Christoph Pieper)

13.00-13.45 Matthew Roller (Baltimore), Philosophical and rhetorical perspectives on Ciceronian constancy

13.45-14.30 Yannick Zanetti (Genève), Some implications of metaphorical aspects of constantia in Cicero’s work

14.30-15.00 Coffee/tea break

15.00-15.45 Viola Maria Periti (Pavia/Leiden), Cicero’s construction of a consistent authorial persona in the prefaces of his rhetorical and philosophical works

15.45-16.30 Biagio Santorelli (Genova), Aude perire, placiturus es. The earliest construction of Cicero’s (in)constantia in the school of rhetoric

16.30-16.45 Fresh air break

16.45-17.30 Tommaso Ricchieri (Padova), Frustra calumniantur Ciceroni. Defending Ciceroʼs inconstantia in Pseudo-Asconiusʼs commentary on theVerrines

17.30-18.15 Leanne Jansen (Leiden), Runaway Cicero and republican ethos in imperial Greek historiography

18.30 Drinks

Saturday 22 June 2019:

Middle Ages, Early Modern and Modern Times

Venue: LIPSIUS 148

10.00-10.45 Karl Enenkel (Münster), Petrarch, the active and contemplative life, and Cicero

10.45-11.30 Megan Welton (Utrecht), Constantia, virtus, and civic discord in the early Middle Ages

11.30-12.15 Christoph Pieper (Leiden): Das also war des Ciceros Kern. Cicero’s image in the viri illustres-tradition and adherent genres between late antiquity and the early Italian Renaissance

12.15-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.30 Guided tour to the Bibliotheca Thysiana (for speakers only) by Paul Hoftijzer, P.A. Tiele Professor in the History of the Early-Modern Dutch Book

14.30-15.15 Bram van der Velden (Leiden), Ciceronian reception and Ciceronian Echtheitskritik

15.15-16.00 Joanna Kenty (Nijmegen), Singing a different tune. Cicero’s palinode and its reception

16.00-16.30 Coffee/tea break

16.30-17.30 Final discussion

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