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Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA organized by Annetta Alexandridis, Department of History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornel University and Lorenz Winkler-Horaček, Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Freie Universität Berlin and Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik, Berlin The histories of university classics collections in Europe and the United States demonstrate art, science, academia and politics were—and still are—closely intertwined, both on a global level and on more specific national, local, and disciplinary levels. Plaster cast collections of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture and architecture usually formed a core part of royal, museum, and finally university collections. Their heyday is marked by the nineteenth century when the cast collections—by now including other periods— constituted universal museums in Europe and in the United States. However, the nineteenth century marks also the beginning of a decline in the reputation of plaster casts that eventually ended in entire collections being dispersed and discarded, if not actively demolished. Our workshop aims to inquire the reasons for these destructive acts, which happened at different places in different moments. While it often seems that classicists or art historians themselves were in the end responsible for the destruction of cast collections, we want to place their decisions within broader political, economic, aesthetic orscholarly discourses. This approach from the opposite and often denied side of the reception of Classical antiquity and European art will provide further insight into the history of disciplines such as Classics and History of Art. We are looking for papers that address the question within and against European and U.S. American political, artistic and intellectual movements such as the enlightenment, neoclassicism, romanticism, nationalism, positivism, fascism, communism, capitalism etc.

Keynote speakers for the conference are Lorenz Winkler-Horaček (Institute of Classical Archaeology, Free University Berlin and curator of the Berlin Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture); Marcello Barbanera (Department of History of Art, La Sapienza, Rome) and Stephen Dyson(Department of Classics, SUNY Buffalo). A publication of the papers is planned. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent via email by July 31st to Annetta Alexandridis, Department of History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University,
aa376 AT

CONF: Yorkshire Ancient Philosophy Network

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The 3rd meeting of the Yorkshire Ancient Philosophy Network will be on 21st May, in Seminar Room 2, Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied CETL, University of Leeds.

Further details at our website/blog "Sullogismos":


10:00-12:30 Reading Group

Plato Republic IV, 435-445 (using Grube/Reeve translation, publ. Hackett)

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Stephen Makin (Sheffield)

"Amusing Gorgias: Why does the Encomium of Helen end as it does?"

15:30-15:45 Coffee

15:45-17:15 James Wilberding (Newcastle)

"Secret Life of Plants in Galen"

All academics and postgraduates with an interest in Ancient Philosophy are warmly welcomed.

Lunch: own arrangements.

No booking is required, but an email to indicate attendance would enable us to circulate the papers to participants in advance.

Contact: Amber Carpenter (adc503 AT, Jamie Dow (j.dow AT or Antony Hatzistavrou (A.hatzistavrou AT

CFP:Diodorus Siculus: shared myths, world community, and universal history

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‘Diodorus Siculus: shared myths, world community, and universal history’

An international conference at the University of Glasgow, 31st Aug. – 2nd Sep. 2011

Conference Website:

Diodorus Siculus, the most voluminous historian to survive from classical antiquity, is an important but neglected author. Not only is he our main source for significant periods of Greek, Roman and Sicilian history, he is also one of the few preserved ancient universal historians and one of the only two Hellenistic historians whose work is extant in any substantial part. Moreover, his /Bibliotheke/, because it is largely based on the works of his predecessors, is a source for the study of many lost Greek historians.

That he has rarely been studied in his own right, despite all of this, is the result of the traditional view that he was a slavish compiler of earlier works. Although Diodorus, like many other ancient historiographers, has been the subject of a (partial) rehabilitation, the question of his independence remains a controversial one.

This conference will be, as far as we know, the first international gathering on the author and our aim is to bring together scholars interested in the study of Diodorus in order to clarify our understanding of this crucial, but enigmatic and often misunderstood historian.

We welcome papers which – through either traditional or newer approaches – will increase our understanding of how and why Diodorus researched, organized and wrote the /Bibliotheke /: e.g. his views on history, myth, and the human condition, his relationship with his sources, his compositional and narrative techniques, his value as a historical source, his place within the tradition of ancient history writing, or any other issue that will enhance our comprehension of the /Bibliotheke/ as a work of Hellenistic historiography and Diodorus’ role as its author.

The conference proceedings will be published as a volume in the /Studia Hellenistica /series (Peeters publishers).

Confirmed keynote speakers:

John Marincola, Florida State University

Catherine Rubincam, University of Toronto

Kenneth Sacks, Brown University

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words.

Deadline for expressions of interest: 30 June 2010

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 September 2010

Abstracts should be submitted by email to one of the three conference organisers:

Lisa Irene Hau, University of Glasgow: l.hau AT

Alexander Meeus, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven: alexander.meeus AT

Brian Sheridan, National University of Ireland, Maynooth: brian.sheridan AT