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Origins and Original Moments in Late Greek and Latin Literature II - 16-17/12/2019, Ghent (Belgium)

Late antique texts regularly try to establish a direct link with the literature of the origins by obscuring and erasing the poetic tradition in between. Such yearning for finding a connection between the contemporary and the original moment has received little attention within current scholarship, but, in the view of the conference’s organizers, it is one of the most striking and distinctive characteristics of the textual language of late antique literature, both poetry and prose.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 16-17/12/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Serena Cammoranesi (Manchester); Claire Rachel Jackson (Cambridge); Janja Soldo (Swansea)




This event is the result of a co-operation between Fordham University and Ghent University. The first part of the workshop took place at Fordham University in May 2018. This event is generously founded by the Research Foundation -Flanders (FWO) and the Faculty of Arts and Letters of Ghent University.

16 December

Blandijnberg, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Faculteitszaal (1st floor)


Marco Formisano and Cristiana Sogno: Welcome and introduction

Chair Marco Formisano (Ghent)


Fotini Hadjittofi (Lisbon): ‘All the Great Deeds of Achilles are Yours’: The Iliad as Exemplum in Late Greek Panegyric.


Jesús Hernandez Lobáto (Salamanca): Rutilius and Lac(h)an(ius): in the Name-of-the-Father

16:30 Coffee break


Anke Walter (Newcastle): ex illo die – aetiology in Prudentius’ Peristephanon 2


Simon Goldhill (Cambridge): In the Beginning

17 December

Auditorium Vandenhove

Chair: Emilie van Opstall (Amsterdam)


Berenice Verhelst (Ghent): Christodorus’ Statues (AP2) as a late antique ‘classical’ perspective on Greco-Roman culture.


Cristiana Sogno (New York): The Origins of Decline in Late Antique Historiography

10:30 coffee break


Emma Greensmith (Oxford): The Poet Who Is Not There: Disembodied Authorship in Late Antique Epic.


Marco Formisano (Ghent): The sound of origins. Music, voice and noise in Sidonius Apollinaris.

12:30 wrap up discussion.

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