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Time, Tense and Genre in Ancient Greek Literature - 12-13/09/2019, London (England)





FECHA/DATE/DATA: 12-13/09/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Classics Department at King’s College London (London, England)




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Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association, ten bursaries of £50 are available for students and the unwaged. Please contact Connie Bloomfield-Gadêlha if you would like to be considered for a bursary.



Thursday 12th September 2019

0945    Registration and Coffee

1020    Welcome (Connie Bloomfield and Edith Hall)

Session 1: Archaic Time

1030    Tobias Myers     Imperfective Moments: The Celestial Perspective in Iliadic Battle Narratives

1100    Rioghnach Sachs         Homoeroticism, Time and the Determination of Genre in Sappho’s Fragments

1130    Alex Purves     Alcman, Sappho, and the ‘Lyric Present’

1200    Break

1230    Peter Moench            Bending Time: Cosmic History and Human Temporality in Pindar’s Nemean 6

1300    Ditmar Dragnev         Aesop and the Future

1330 Lunch

Session 2: Ethnographic and Historiographic Time

1430    Tobias Joho                     Tense Usage, Dialogue Form and Characterization in Herodotus

1500    Keating McKeon          Perseid Wars and Notional Nostos in Herodotus’ Histories

1530    Kenneth Yu              Aetiology and Temporality in Greek Ethnographic Literature

1600    Brian McPhee           Ethnography in the Past Tense: The Amazons in Apollonius’ Argonautica

1630    Tea

1700    Keynote 1: Felix Budelmann   Tense, Aspect and Temporality in the Greek Lyric Present

1800    Drinks and Speakers’ Dinner

Friday 13th September 2019

Session 3: Time, Knowledge and Narrative 

0900    Carol Atack       Temporalities of Knowledge in Plato’s Protagoras

0930    Isobel Higgins    Conceptualising the Future in Lycophron’s Alexandra 

1000    Alessandro Vatri   The Living Past: Tense and Genre in the Critical Essays of Dionysius of Halicarnassus

1030    Coffee

1100    Robert Rohland     The time of Dining and the Time of Death: Sardanapallus, Epitaphs and Performance

1130    Carlo Delle Donne   Tenses in the Genre of Greek Cosmology: the Case of Plutarch

1200    Jody Cundy           Turning Hierophany into Text: Pausanias on Lebadeia and the Oracle of Trophonius

1230    Lunch

Session 4: Dramatic and Theatrical Time

1330    Keynote 2: Sheila Murnaghan    The Singularity of the Tragic Day

1430    Marcus Bell     Mis-step in Time—Dancing Elsewhen through Euripides’ Bakkhai

1500    Efstathia Athanasopoulou    Entangled in Time: Satyr Drama in Present Tense

1530    Tea

1600    Devan Turner            Silenus and the Chorus of Satyr Drama as Time Travellers

1630    Peter Swallow    Time in Old Comedy

1700    Roundtable Discussion over Wine 

1800    Depart




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