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Tracking Hermes/Mercury: An interdisciplinary conference at the University of Virginia, March 27–29,
Keynote speakers: Henk Versnel (Leiden), H. Alan Shapiro (Johns Hopkins), Joseph Farrell (Penn), and
Deborah Boedeker (Brown).
Of all the divinities of classical antiquity, the Greek Hermes (= Roman Mercury) is the most versatile,
complex, and ambiguous. His functions embrace both the marking of boundaries and their
transgression, commerce and theft, rhetoric and practical jokes; he also plays the role of mediator
between all realms of human and divine activity, embracing heaven, earth and the netherworld.
This conference at the University of Virginia aims to bring together scholars of Greek and Roman
religion, art, literature, and history to assess this wide-ranging figure. We hope also to include
attention to early reception of the god and his myths outside of Greece and Rome proper—for
instance, Hermes as the Egyptian Thoth, the worship of Mercury in syncretistic forms in Rome’s
imperial provinces, and allegorical interpretations of the god in late ancient and early medieval
If you are interested in presenting a paper (20 minutes), please send an abstract of approximately
500 words by February 1, 2013.
Abstracts or requests for information may be sent to one of the organizers:
John F. Miller (jfm4j AT virginia.edu)
Jenny Strauss Clay (jsc2t AT virginia.edu)
It is our hope to furnish lodging and meals for all presenters at the conference.