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Writing the embodied experience in imperial ecphrasis - 04-05/09/2019, Cambridge (England)





How did the Greeks and Romans experience and describe their spectacles and material artefacts in the Imperial period? Were they concerned only with ‘de-coding’ these artefacts and performances to show off their cultural intellect or did they frame a more sensuous, embodied encounter with them? Were they as interested in form as in content, in the body as in the brain?


FECHA /DATE/DATA : 04-05/09/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Anna Athanasopoulou ; Albert Bates ; Benedek Kruchió 


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-Dos días/two days/due giorni: £30


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Thanks to the generous support of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies and the Classical Association, we can provide BURSARIES to partially cover the travel expenses of postgraduate students. To  apply for one of these, please email any of the conference convenors by 4th August 2019



DAY 1: Wednesday, 4/09/2019

10.30–11.00 Coffee & opening remarks

11.00–12.30 Session 1: PAINTING
Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg): ‘The Philostratus Trap: Enargeia and 
Ecphrasis in the Imagines’
Response: Emma Greensmith (Cambridge)

Albert Bates (Cambridge): ‘The Synthetic Imagination: Centaurs in 
Imperial Ecphrasis (Lucian, Philostratus, Callistratus)’
Response: Ruth Webb (Lille)

12.30–13.30 Lunch break

13.30–15.00 Session 2: BODY IN SPACE
Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi (Stanford): ‘Toward a Biology of Images’
Response: Robin Osborne (Cambridge)

Anna Athanasopoulou (Cambridge): ‘Inscribing the Body in Architectural 
Ecphrasis: Affect, Experience, and Sense Perception’
Response: Michael Squire (King’s College London)

15.00–15.30 Coffee break

15.30–17.00 Session 3: SPECTACLE IN EPIC AND SATIRE
Karin Schlapbach (Fribourg): ‘Nauseous Art in Petronius’
Response: Caroline Vout (Cambridge)

Calum Maciver (Edinburgh): ‘Ecphrasis in Imperial Greek Epic: What is it 
Response: Richard Hunter (Cambridge)

17.30 Wine reception (Cast Gallery, Faculty of Classics)

19.30 Dinner (at local restaurant)

DAY 2: Thursday, 5/09/2019

9.00–9.30 Coffee

9.30–11.00 Session 4: ARCHITECTURE
Edmund Thomas (Durham): ‘Matter, Senses, and Surface in the Paper 
Palaces of the Imperial Roman Baroque’
Response: Helen Lovatt (Nottingham)

Carole Newlands (Colorado Boulder): ‘Architectural Ecphrasis in Statius 
and Fortunatus: Restoration, Repetition, and Renewal’
Response: Helen Slaney (Roehampton)

11.00–11.30 Coffee

11.30–13.00 Session 5: STATUES
Basil Dufallo (Michigan): ‘Empire from Another Angle: Queer Pleasures of 
Art in Statius, Silvae 4.6’
Response: Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (St Andrews)

James Porter: ‘Philostratean Heroics’ (Berkeley)
Response: Benedek Kruchió (Cambridge)

13.00–13.45 Final discussion
Moderator: Simon Goldhill (Cambridge)

 Froma Zeitlin (Princeton)
Nina Braginskaya (Moscow)


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