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Experiencing and Thinking about Borders in the Ancient Mediterranean World
This conference for PhD students and young PhD holders aims to reflect upon the notion of the border, in the broadest sense of the word, and to see how the Ancients perceived it. Such a perspective can be interesting as it allows us to explore various disciplinary areas related to Classics.
It will thus be possible to understand the concept of the border in both a literal and figurative sense: it can refer to borders beyond human groups – that either isolate them or bring them together – geographical, social, cultural, religious and linguistic, as well as to borders located within such human groups, between communities, genders or origins…
Moreover, it might be profitable to question the differentiation between places or people implied by the notion of the border, inasmuch as such frontiers can be physical or metaphorical. The border indeed acts as an interface, and entails different modes of coexistence.
Here are a few ideas for further reflection – which are by no means exclusive:
1) Defining the border
It could be fruitful to investigate the lexicon referring to the border, and the conceptual and philosophical tools the Ancients used to define it. We will also reflect upon the formal representations of the border in Antiquity, and the criteria involved in its archaeological or historical definition. Such representations and realizations of the border as the horoi and the limes allow us to think about the principles of divisions, barriers or breaking up. Defining the border also implies thinking about the social, political and legal principles that govern it.
2) Respecting or crossing the border?
Considering the border as a limit involves dealing with the issue of whether it is respected or breached. The notion of an hermetic border conflicts with that of a permeable one. The border can be challenged in various ways: acculturation, trade, religious or linguistic interferences which are the sign of influences and mutual exchanges. Finally, through wars, we can question the reality of the border and its representation. The border thus appears as a process resulting from conflicts and exchanges. It is no longer a mere division, it becomes a means of making contact and relating to each other. We can then explore the status of travel and whether a form of “globalization” was born in Antiquity.
3) Shaping identities: the border and otherness?
Confronting others results in building a certain number of practices and ways of thinking. The border can thus be seen as a creative process for shaping identities. It will be possible to examine cross-cultural phenomena as well as factors that challenge such a process.
It could also be interesting to compare the areas of cultural or linguistic influence with the regions that are actually linked to a given political entity, to see how the cultural group can prevail over the geographical border. Finally, the notion of the border can also be examined within the human groups: to what extent is it a medium through which identity may be questioned?
Each paper will be allocated 30 minutes. The languages chosen for the conference are French and English.
Abstracts of about 200 words, as well as a C.V., should be sent by 30th November 2012 to the following address: assoc.antheia AT gmail.com.
The conference will take place on 28th-29th June 2013 at INHA (Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art de Paris-Sorbonne).
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Institute of Classical Studies
Ancient History Seminar
Approaches to Greek Religion. Current Debates and Where to Next?
Senate House: Various Rooms
Oct 11 Hugh Bowden (KCL)
Belief, Piety and the Cognitive Turn in the Study of Greek Religion
Oct 18 TBA
Oct 25 Ralph Anderson (St. Andrews)
To be Confirmed: Recursive Reasoning, Experience and Belief in Greek Religion
Nov 1 Robert Parker (Oxford)
Un ballo in maschera? Greek Gods in Anatolia
Nov 8 NO SEMINAR (Reading Week)
Nov 15 Irene Polinskaya (KCL)
Nov 22 Sarah Hitch (Oxford)
‘Eat, Pray, Love’? Interactions with Greek Gods
Nov 29 TBA
Dec 6 Shaul Tor (KCL)
‘Rational’ and ‘Irrational’ in Early Greek Religion and Philosophy
Dec 13 Esther Eidinow (Nottingham)
‘Embedded’ Religion: Conceptual Networks and Narratives of Risk
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MEET THE CLASSICAL ANCESTORS
Many fascinating people have taught or studied the ancient Greeks & Romans
at KCL since its foundation in the late Georgian era. This five-part
research seminar represents a joint project in which we excavate the
contributions of ten of them to intellectual, cultural and pedagogical
history. Everyone is welcome; all sessions take place at 5.15pm in Classics
Room B6 (Strand Campus). The final session will be followed immediately by a
seasonal festivity. Please address any enquiries to edith.hall AT kcl.ac.uk
9th October Mike Trapp on Joseph Anstice
Edith Hall on Charles Kingsley
23rd Oct. Dominic Rathbone on H.H. Scullard
Ellen Adams on Bernard Ashmole
13th Nov. Fiona Macintosh on George Warr
Helen Eastman on Virginia Woolf
27th Nov. Ismene Lada-Richards on Winnington-Ingram
Hugh Bowden on John Barron
11th Dec. Henrik Mouritsen on A.J. Toynbee
Lindsay Allen on William Marsden
From Ancient Warfare Magazine:
A post on the Latinteach list reminded me that I had neglected to post the final results of the NEH Summer Institute on Roman Comedy in Performance which filtered through our Blogosphere posts for a while. Here’s a hip hop version of a bit of the Pseudolus as a tease:
Sharon James has a page of the performances here …
About a year ago we mentioned a contest sponsored by the Simon and Schuster folks wherein contestants were asked to translate a chunk of the Iliad and Stephen Mitchell would judge which was best (Iliad Translation Contest ~ Stephen Mitchell as Judge). A winner has been announced and Layne Evans’ version can be read here:
… even better, LE is a rogueclassicism reader! Congratulations!
About.com Ancient / Classical History: Myth Monday – Hercules and His Labors.
Corinthian Matters: Corinthian Scholarship Monthly Sept 2012.
American Philological Association: APA Blog : CFP: Oral Poetics and Cognitive Science.
American Philological Association: APA Blog : CFP: Classical Association and the Pacific Northwest.
American Philological Association: APA Blog : CFP: Beyond Words: Translation and the Classical World.
the CAMPVS: Verbal Artistry in Vergil: Elision in Aeneid 1.389.
Blogosphere ~ “Nuptiae Iure Civili Congruae”: Apuleius’s Story of Cupid and Psyche and the Roman Law of Marriage
History of the Ancient World: “Nuptiae Iure Civili Congruae”: Apuleius’s Story of Cupid and Psyche and the Roman Law of Marriage.
History of the Ancient World: The Pen and the Sword: Writing and Conquest in Caesar’s Gaul.