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15th Trends in Classics: "Labor imperfectus. Unfinished, Incomplete, Partial Texts in Classical

The Department of Literary Studies, the Ghent Institute for Classical Studies (GIKS), The Division of Ancient Languages and Cultures at the University of Lille and the Department of Classics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki are pleased to announce the co-organization of the 15th Trends in Classics International Conference to be held in Thessaloniki from 27 to 30 May 2021.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 27-28-29-30/05/2021

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The “Stephanos Dragoumis” Auditoriumat the Museum of Byzantine Culture, (Thessaloniki, Greece)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Jacqueline Fabre-Serris, University of LilleMarco Formisano, Ghent UniversityAntonios Rengakos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & Academy of AthensStavros Frangoulidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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1. Ellen Greene (Oklahoma): “The Genre of the Fragment: Reading Sappho through the Lens of Modernist Aesthetics”.

2. Kathryn Gutzwiller (Cincinnati): “The Aesthetics of Ordering and Reordering in Greek Epigram Anthologies”.

3. David Konstan (New York University): “Finishing Iphigenia in Aulis”.

4. Giulia Sissa (UCLA): “Platonic Endings and their Modern Echoes”.

5. Myrto Garani (Athens): “How to Walk Along a Pioneer’s Fragmentary Track: Theophrastus’ Meteorological Studies?”

6. Richard Hunter (Cambridge): “The End of the Odyssey: Labor imperfectus?”

7. Evina Sistakou (Aristotle): “How to Read Callimachus’ Aetia and Hecale?”


8. Jacqueline Fabre-Serris (Lille): “How to Read Hyginus’ Fabulae? Theories and Practices”.

9. Stavros Frangoulidis (Aristotle): “Seneca’s Phoenissae: In Search of an Ending”.

10. Philip Hardie (Cambridge): “Statius, Achilleid. How to Break Off a Carmen perpetuum”.

11. Stephen Harrison (Oxford): “The [In]completeness of Vergil’s Aeneid”.

12. Florence Klein (Lille): “L’intertextualité fragmentaire: interpréter les traces dans la poésie latine de modèles hellénistiques ‘incomplets’”.

13. Rosa Rita Marchese (Palermo): “Sed redeo ad formulam (off. 3.20). Completezza e imperfezione nell’ultimo Cicerone”.

14. John F. Miller (Virginia): “Revisiting Closure in Ovid’s Fasti”.

15. Giusto Picone (Palermo): “Lo specchio infranto. La laus imperfecta nel De clementia di Seneca”.

16. Bettina Reitz-Joosse (Groningen): “Tacitus’s Annals and Gustav Freytag’s Die verlorene Handschrift”.

17. Alessandro Schiesaro (Manchester): “‘Imperfect Lines’: Virgil’s tibicines and the Sound of Silence”.

18. Craig Williams (Illinois): “Fragments of Roman Sexuality in Petronius’ Satyricon: Cinaedi, Fratres, and Others”.

19. Andrew Zissos (Irvine): “Intertextual Foreclosure: Reflections on the Missing Conclusion to Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica”.


20. Gianfranco Agosti (Rome, Sapienza): “How to End and Endless Poem: The Case of Nonnus’ Dionysiaca”.

21. Marco Formisano (Ghent): “‘This City will Always Pursue You’. Rutilius Namatianus’ Impossible Return”.

22. Paolo Felice Sacchi (Ghent): “Arrhythmic Historiography and Lost Letters: Fulgentius’s De aetatibus mundi et hominis”.


23. Gert Buelens (Ghent): “Unfinished Texts in Henry James: Notes, Tales, Novels”.

24. Laura Jansen (Bristol): “Literatura incompleta: Borges’ Classics between World and Universe”.

25. Sylvie Thorel (Lille): “Inachever une œuvre: lecture de Fragments d’un discours amoureux”.

26. Manuele Gragnolati (Paris, Sorbonne): “Pasolini, Petrolio”.

27. Barbara Vinken (LMU-Munich): “Bouvard et Pécuchet: The Never Ending Story of Undoing”.

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