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CALL. 31.01.2021: Greek & Latin Bible Epics Conference - Nicosia (Cyprus)




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Cyprus,Department of Classics and Philosophy (Nicosia, Cyprus)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Katerina Karvouni (Lecturer in Ancient Greek Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens); Maria Ypsilanti (Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Literature, University of Cyprus); Dr. Konstantinos Melidis (University of Cyprus).



* Important notice: Due to the current threat and uncertain situation by the COVID 19, this conference will take place as scheduled, only if conditions allow.

We are pleased to invite proposals for papers at the International Conference on Greek and Latin Bible epics to be held on 25-27 September 2021 at the University of Cyprus, Department of Classics and Philosophy. The conference is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research Promotion Foundation.

The conference will adopt a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing in scholars from classical and byzantine philology, linguistics, history, religious studies, philosophy, literary criticism and rhetoric. Suggested themes include, but are not restricted to:

  • The paraphrastic methods applied in Greek and Latin biblical epics as revealed in ancient rhetorical theory.

  • The biblical epics in their literary-cultural milieu, religious, historical and political context.

  • The biblical epic with regard to its aesthetic preferences and intellectual exigencies.

  • The literary context of the Biblical epics; intertextuality: vocabulary, formulas, expressive means, pagan poetry and Christian ideas. The use of the epic and non-epic language.

  • Greek and Latin biblical epics: concurrences and divergences.

  • Biblical epic and biblical cento.

Scholars interested in contributing a paper on any aspect related to the main topic, are requested to submit an abstract of no more than 400 words (including a title) to and by 31st January 2021. Paper presentations must not exceed the limit of 20 minutes. A 10-minute discussion will follow each paper. Papers should be presented in English.

Notifications of acceptance: March 15th 2021.

We hope to be able to cover part of the accommodation expenses of speakers whose universities are unable to cover their costs in full. Should this situation apply to you, please let us know once your abstract has been accepted.

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