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Writing Literary History in the Greek and Roman World - 19-20/09/2019, Dublin (Ireland)



This conference will gather a diverse group of experts to examine the concept and practice of literary history in the Greco-Roman world. By focusing on a wide range of texts and authors, we aim to shed new light on a number of far-reaching questions: in what forms did the Greeks’ and Romans’ interest in their literary past first emerge? How did these evolve in response to cultural, historical, and socio-political change?




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Trinity college (Dublin, Ireland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr Giacomo Fedeli (TCD) ; Dr Henry Spelman (University of Cambridge).


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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: gratis / free / gratuito link  Deadline: 30/08/2019




September 19, 2019

9:30-10:00: Registration
10:00-10:15: Welcome and opening remarks

Session 1
10.15-11.10: Casper de Jonge (Leiden University): Aristotelian teleology in literary criticism: Demetrius, Dionysius and Longinus on the early history of literature.
11.10-12.05: Mario Citroni (SNS Pisa): Dynamics of progress and decadence vs. persistence of canons: incongruities in Roman perceptions of literature.

12.05-14.00: Lunch break

Session 2
14.00-14.55: Richard Hunter (University of Cambridge): Plutarch and the history of Greek poetry.
14.55-15.50: Monica Gale (Trinity College Dublin): The pleasure of the text? Literacy, orality and programmatics in Lucretius.

15.50-16.10: Tea/Coffee break

Session 3
16.10-17.05: Martine Cuypers (Trinity College Dublin): The scholia on Apollonius’ Argonautica as a literary-historical source.
17.05-18.00: Giacomo Fedeli (Trinity College Dublin): Horace as a literary historian: appropriator, innovator and source.

September 20, 2019

Session 1
9.00-9.55: Henry Spelman (University of Cambridge): What made Greek literary history possible?
9.55-10.50: Stefan Schorn (KU Leuven): Historians, antiquarians, grammarians: problems in the classification and structuring of FGrHist IV.

10.50-11.10: Tea/Coffee break

Session 2
11.10-12.05: Joseph McAlhany (University of Connecticut): Wandering scholar: Varro in Rome’s literary landscape.
12.05-13.00: Diana Spencer (University of Birmingham): Varro and literary quotation: object and frame.

13.00-14.30: Lunch break

Session 3
14.30-15.25: Andrea Rotstein (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Another X: duplicating poets in ancient Greek literary history.
15.25-16.20: Sander Goldberg (UCLA): The losers’ legacy.

16.20-16.30: Closing remarks 


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