Seduction and Power
IMAGINES II – Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts
Bristol, 22-25 September 2010
University of Bristol
Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition
University of Wales – Lampeter
Seduction and Power (IMAGINES II) is the second in a series of major
international and interdisciplinary conferences focusing on the
reception of antiquity in the performing and visual arts. It explores
the impact in post-classical imagery of the tensions and relations of
gender, sexuality, eroticism and power attributed to historical or
legendary characters and events of the Ancient World.
IMAGINES is an interdisciplinary project addressing Classical reception
in e.g. film, theatre, dance, opera, sculpture, architecture, painting,
comic, design and photography. It establishes networks across boundaries
in reception studies and goes beyond the treatment of reception in
individual genres and periods, taking specific genres as starting point
and going on to highlight their interconnections. IMAGINES demonstrates
the influence of the reception of antiquity on a specific manifestation
of culture and shows how it shapes culture as such, ranging from
post-classical traditional art disciplines to contemporary popular
For the main outlines of the IMAGINES project and past and future
conferences see website: www.imagines-project.org
Seduction and Power
22 September 2010
17:00 Public lecture
Prof Martin Winkler (George Mason University): Three Queens: Helen,
Penelope, and Dido in Franco Rossi’s Odissea and Eneide.
18:30 Public event
Pantelis Michelakis, Marta Garcia, Irene Berti. Screening of silent
films centring on antiquity.
23 September 2010
9:30 day registration
Dr Silke Knippschild (University of Bristol): Woman on Top? Semiramide
and the Power of the ‘Oriental Woman’.
Dr Michael Seymour (British Museum): Power, Sin and Seduction in
Babylon: the Case of Verdi’s Nabucco.
Prof Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Edinburgh):
‘Jewel-in-the-belly-button’ Orientalism in Oliver Stone’s Alexander: The
Fantasy of the Harem and Hollywood’s Ancient World.
Dr Martina Treu (IULM University, Milan): Dark Ladies, Bad Girls, Demon
Queens. Female Power and Seduction from Greek Tragedy to Pop Culture.
Dr Pantelis Michelakis (University of Bristol): Film Genres in Cinematic
Adaptations of Greek Tragedy.
Dr Irene Berti (Universität Heidelberg): Circe in Literature and Art of
Dr Maite Clavo (Universitat de Barcelona): The Erotics of Power in Jordi
Coca’s Ifigènia (2009).
Dr Maddalena Giovannelli and Dr Andrea Capra (Università Statale di
Milano): ‘Prince of Painters’, the Grimacing Mask of Power and Seduction
in Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen.
Prof Montserrat Reig (Universitat de Barcelona) and Dr Jesús Carruesco
(ICAC, Tarragona): Myth and Tragedy in Opera Staging in the 21st Century.
Dr Nicoletta Momigliano (University of Bristol): Isadora Duncan, Russian
Ballet, and the Seduction of Minoan Crete.
Prof James Lesher (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): Greek
Elements in T. S. Eliot’s The Cocktail Party.
24 September 2010
9:15 day registration
Dr Constantina Katsari (University of Leicester): Nelly’s Nudes on the
Dr Charlotte Ribeyrol (Université de Paris-Sorbonne): The Lure of the
Hermaphrodite in the Poetry and Painting of the English Aesthetes.
Dr Pepa Castillo (Universidad de la Rioja): Claudia Quinta and Publius
Cornelius Scipio: exempla virtutis in Vienna under Leopold I (1640-1705).
Dr Oscar Lapeña (Universidad de Cádiz): The Stolen Seduction: ‘Spartaco
Gladiatore della Tracia’ (Riccardo Freda, Italia 1953).
Prof Francisco Pina Polo (Universidad de Zaragoza): The Great Seducer:
Cleopatra, Queen and Sex-Symbol.
Dr Marta García Morcillo (University of Wales, Lampeter): Seduced,
Defeated and Forever Damned: Marc Antony in Post-Classical Imagery.
Dr Martin Lindner (Universität Oldenburg): Power beyond Measure –
Caligula in Pop Culture.
Dr Mary R. McHugh (Gustavus Adolphus College): Constantia memoriae – the
Reputation of Agrippina the Younger.
Dr Charo Rovira (British Museum): Hadrian and Antinous: The Power of
Dr Filippo Carlà (Universität Heidelberg): Saint or Prostitute? The
Reception of Empress Theodora in the Performing and Visual Arts.
Prof Antonio Duplá (The University of the Basque Country, Vitoria):
History, Moral and Power: The Ancient World in 19th Century Spanish
Dr Erika Notti (IULM University, Milan): Presentation of the project
Digital and Iconographic Theatre-Antiquity Lexicon (DigITAL).
25 September 2010
Venue: The Bristol Gallery, Building 2, Unit 8, Millennium Promenade,
Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TY
Eric Shanower (San Diego, California): Exhibition of original artwork
and public talk: Trojan Lovers and Warriors – The Power of Seduction in
Age of Bronze.
Exhibition of AGE OF BRONZE artwork by graphic novelist Eric Shanower
(San Diego, California) at The Bristol Gallery (21-25 September 2010).
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Late night Thursday: until 8 pm
Contact and information
Dr Silke Knippschild: clzsk AT bristol.ac.uk
Department of Classics and Ancient History
11 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 2NG
Dr Marta García Morcillo: m.morcillo AT lamp.ac.uk
Department of Classics University of Wales, Lampeter Lampeter SA48 7ED Wales