CFP | Homer and the Good Ruler: The Reception of Homeric Epic as Princes’ Mirror

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Call for Papers for an International Conference at the University of Ghent, Belgium
Deadline for Abstracts (max 350 words): July 1st 2014 (Jacqueline.Klooster AT

Dear Colleagues,
We have the pleasure to invite contributions to an international conference organized by the Classics Department at Ghent University (Belgium) on

Homer and the Good Ruler: The Reception of Homeric Epic as Princes’ Mirror

Confirmed participants:

William Desmond (Maynooth), Irene de Jong (Amsterdam), Barbara Graziosi (Durham), Lawrence Kim (Trinity University), Damien Nelis (Geneva), Filippomaria Pontani (Ca’ Foscari)

One of the main themes of Homer’s Iliad, as the ancient Greeks already recognized, is good government and its opposite. But ‘theOdyssey as well has much to do with the theme of kingship, more than is usually acknowledged. We must bear in mind Odysseus’ kingly status in order to appreciate the full resonances of the portions of the poem in which he plays the beggar,’ as Richard Martin observes (1984: 43). Agamemnon, Achilles, Nestor, Odysseus, Hector and Priam: all of the Homeric heroes could serve as examples in bonam and in malam partem for the ideal behavior of a ruler in different societies and at different times. Homer was revered in antiquity as the ultimate authority on all things ethical and the great mirror of the condition humaine, and was thus a fixture in the elite education of antiquity. Moreover, the great poetic riches of Homeric epic ensured that Homer always remained on the curriculum of the political orator, and hence statesman, since he provided examples of each rhetorical style.

Indeed, throughout the whole period of classical civilization and beyond, the Homeric epics are drawn upon time and again when the education of the wise ruler is discussed. From Solon, who appropriates the Homeric Catalogue of ships, through Plato’s Socrates, who, reluctantly, banishes the divine bard from his projected ideal state and the curriculum of its guardians. And from Alexander, who strove to be an alter Achilles, and slept with a copy of the Iliad under his pillow through to Philodemus’ epicurean treatise On the Good King according to Homer and Dio Chrysostom’s Kingship Orations. The Homeric heritage as Fürstenspiegel knows a long and rich reception, which stretches even beyond the Greek world. We may think of Cicero, Quintilian and the Augustan poets in the Roman world, and of Mediaeval and Renaissance reception of the epics as ideal reading for the ideal ruler. How did the Byzantines use the Homeric epics, for instance, in rhetorical education and imperial oratory? And how did Homer fare under the Christians, in Byzantium and beyond?
This conference aims to bring together an international array of senior and junior scholars of Homer and his reception in poetry, philosophy and rhetoric of antiquity and beyond, to study the use and abuse of Homeric epic as Princes’  Mirror and ideal reading for the wise ruler. Up to date, a study of this topic has not been undertaken in this form.

Suggested topics within this theme include but are not limited to:

-Educating the ideal ruler in Homeric epic
-Problems of reading Homer as manual for the ideal ruler (philosophical or otherwise)
-Specific heroes as problematic or ideal (Achilles, Agamemnon, Diomedes, Odysseus)
-Roman adaptations of Homer as Princes’ Mirror
-The ethics of Homeric statesmanship
-Synthesizing Plato and Homer in the second sophistic
-Democratic readings of Homer
-The scholiasts’ theories of Homeric statesmanship and their Alexandrian context
-Homer as Mirror for the Christian Ruler (Byzantium, Middle Ages)
-Homer and Renaissance Princes’ manuals.
-Homer and modern statesmen

Organizing Committee: Dr. Jacqueline Klooster (UGent), Prof. dr. Koen de Temmerman (UGent), Baukje van den Berg, MA (UvA), Prof. dr. Kristoffel Demoen (UGent), Prof. dr. Luc Van der Stockt (KULeuven)

Scientific Committee: Prof. dr. Irene de Jong (UvA), Prof. dr. Danny Praet (UGent), Prof. dr. Jürgen Pieters (UGent), Prof. dr Wim Verbaal (UGent), dr. Lieve Van Hoof (UGent)

Papers will be considered for publication with an academic press.

Please send abstracts (350 words max) for papers of ca. 30-35 minutes to Jacqueline.Klooster AT before July 1st 2014. Any enquiries about the conference may also be addressed to this e-mail address.

CFP | Heavy Metal Classics: The Reception of the Classical World in Heavy Metal

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Heavy Metal Classics: The Reception of the Classical World in Heavy Metal

Following up on the successful 2014 CAMWS panel on the reception of
classical antiquity in heavy metal music, we are inviting contributions to a
proposed volume on the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity by heavy metal
artists. We welcome contributors from a variety of disciplines, including
(but not limited to) Classics, Archaeology, Musicology, Sociology,
Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies, to illustrate and explore the
enduring connection between heavy metal and the ancient world.

Possible topics include: the use of classical sources in lyrics; visual
representations of the ancient world on album covers and in music videos;
the role of gender in constructions of antiquity; the appeal of mythology;
the use of classical material for political and social critiques; the
construction of national identity through appeal to the ancient world; the
use of Latin and/or Greek. The ideal contribution will demonstrate an
awareness that a study of reception can show us just as much about Classics
and its place and meaning in the modern world as it does about heavy metal
as a genre. Such a contribution will also make it clear that song lyrics are
only one aspect of musical genre.

Our proposed timeframe is: abstract submission by November 1, 2014;
contributors notified of acceptance no later than December 15, 2014; first
draft of contribution due by July 1, 2015; comments on contributions
returned to authors no later than September 1, 2015; second draft of
contribution due by December 31, 2015, with the shopping of the volume to
presses to begin immediately after that. We will then submit the entire
assembled volume to an interested publisher.

Send abstracts of no more than 500 words to heavymetalantiquityAT by
November 1, 2014. Please include a bibliography, discography and current CV.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us:

Kris Fletcher, Louisiana State University (kfletc8 AT
Osman Umurhan, University of New Mexico (umurhan AT

CFP: Contests of Speech and Song in Greek and Latin Literature

From the mailbag:

Contests of Speech and Song in Greek and Latin Literature, St Anne’s College, Oxford, September 11-13, 2015

Call for Papers: Colleagues are invited to submit titles and brief abstracts of papers on the topic of contests of speech and song in Greek and Latin literature for a conference to be held at St Anne’s College, Oxford, on September 11-13, 2015.

Contests are a recurrent feature of ancient literature. Topics that we hope to cover include the Contest of Homer and Hesiod; the amoebean song contests of ancient bucolic; the contests between the Muses and the Pierides and Ajax and Ulixes in Ovid’s Metamorphoses; contests of speech in ancient rhetorical education; poetic contests and the poet’s career.

Papers should be 40-45 minutes in length and will be followed by questions and discussion.

All those interested in participating should write to celia.campbell AT

CONF: Popular Medicine in the Graeco-Roman World

Seen on the Agade list (apologies for lateness with this one):

On Friday April 18 and Saturday April 19, the Center for the Ancient
Mediterranean will host a conference on Popular Medicine in the
Graeco-Roman World. All sessions will take place in 501 Schermerhorn
Hall. The conference is free and open to the public, and is
co-sponsored by the Columbia University History Department, the
Program in Classical Studies, and the Stanwood Cockey Lodge Foundation
of the Classics Department. We hope to see you there!

The conference schedule is as follows:

Friday April 18th

9:15-9:30  Opening Remarks. William Harris

Session chair: Francesco de Angelis

9:30-10:15: Patricia Baker, “Conceptions of a Salubrious Environment:
Construction and Design of Greco-Roman Healing Sanctuaries”

10:15-11:00: Olympia Panagiotidou, “Asklepian Therapy as an
alternative healing choice: A case of placebo effect”

11:00-11:30: Coffee break

Session chair: Katja Vogt

11:30-12:15: Chiara Thumiger, “Prometheus’ gift: healing and hope in
popular and technical reflections on medicine”

12:15-13:00: Rebecca Flemming, “Anatomical votives in
Republican/Hellenistic Italy: How popular and how medical?”

13:00-14:15: Lunch break

Session chair: Deborah Steiner

14:15-15:00: Isabella Andorlini, “Crossing the Borders between
Egyptian and Greek medical practice: papyri and related archaeological

15:00-15:45: Julie Laskaris, “Metals in Medicine:  from Telephus to
the Greek Magical Papyri.”

15:45-16:15: Refreshment break

16:15-17:00: Laurence Totelin, “Pharmakopolai: a re-evaluation of the sources”

17:00-17:45: Arsenio Ferraces Rodriguez, “Medical recipes from
Antiquity to the early Middle Ages: who made them, how, and for whom
they were made”

17:45-19:00: Reception

Saturday April 19th

Session chair: Rebecca Flemming

9:30-10:15: Heinrich von Staden, “The relationship between ‘popular’
and ‘scientific’ medicine in Celsus’ Medicina”.

10:15-11:00: Danielle Gourevitch, “Popular Medicines and Practices in Galen”

11:00-11:30: Coffee break

11:30-12:15: Vivian Nutton, “Popular medicine in the Galenic Corpus”

12:15-13:00: Ann Ellis Hanson, “The barnyard and the bedroom, the
Geoponika and Hippocrates’ women”

13:00-14:15: Lunch break

Session chair: William Harris

14:15-15:00: Liz Irwin, ‘Imperial ambitions and the popularization of
medical theory at Athens’

15:00-15:45: Catherine Hezser,  ” ‘Honor Your Physician Even Before
You Have Need of Him’ (y. Taan. 3:6, 66d): Representations of the
Physician in Jewish Literature from Hellenistic and Roman Times

15:45-16:15: Refreshment break

16:15-17:00: David Leith, “How Popular Were the Medical Sects?”

17:00-17:45: Ido Israelowitch, “Medicine in the Roman Army”

17:45-19:00: Reception

Impressive LiveTweeting of the Classical Association Conference

There’s some excellent livetweeting going on right now of the Classical Association shindig in Nottingham. It’s pretty much a model of how to do it (although I’d still like to see abstracts posted before a talk) and is possibly the next best thing to being there. The official hashtag is #CA14, although #CA2014 is also getting traffic. Both have some ‘contamination’ from other ‘CA’ events (especially the 2014 version) but the ClassCon is definitely whelming (assuming ‘whelming’ would be positive where ‘overwhelming’ is negative).

CFP: ‘Traditions in Fragments: the Classical Legacy in Italian Literature’, University of Oxford, 20 June

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Traditions in Fragments: the Classical Legacy in Italian 20th-Century Literature

Study Day, 20th June 2014

Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford

  Classical tradition, as a conceptual cluster in which aesthetic, anthropological and political ideas converge, is central to the study of 20th-century Italian literature. The Classics and their legacy are unavoidable forces in the literary discourse of the last century. Whether reinstating, questioning or establishing a new tradition, the Novecento helped to shape the notion of classical tradition itself. In different forms we find Ancient Greek and Latin classics in both poetry and prose, from the work of Pascoli and D’Annunzio, to the Hermetic translations of Quasimodo, down to the Fascist appropriations of classical antiquity, the essays of Calvino, and the trans-genre adaptations of Pasolini and Dallapiccola (not to mention the reinterpretations of Pavese, Sanguineti, Bemporad, or Zanzotto). Yet this widespread presence is still, for the most part, taken for granted. The few available studies are confined to monographic appreciations of individual authors. Generally these enquiries have remained isolated and fragmentary.

This Study Day proposes to begin mapping and interrogating the presence of the classical legacy in the Novecento. Topics of discussion will include, but are not limited to: dynamics of reprisal or rejection of the Classics and their legacy by modern authors, the concept of â€˜origins’ and archetype in 20th-century literary culture in Italy and abroad, genre and form, the Classics in relation to academic and popular culture in Italy, the relationship between translation and the classical legacy, and the reception of the Classics before, during and after Fascism. Gathering different scholarly contributions, we hope that this Study Day will provide a useful starting point for further research. The symposium setting will highlight similarities and differences between individual modes of engagement with the classical legacy. This may offer a new perspective on several aspects of Italian literature and culture in the 20th century, not least the role of literary traditions within the construction of cultural, authorial and national identities.

Call for Papers

Papers will investigate the presence of the Classics and their legacy in Italian literature of the 20th century. Possible topics of discussion include: 

Adaptations and appropriations of Ancient Greek and Latin works by 20th-century authors

Translations of ancient Greek and Latin works by 20th-century writers, including theory and practice

The reception of the Classics during Fascism

The role of the classical legacy in 20th-century poetics

The role of the classics and classical legacy in shaping authorial and national identity 

 Contributions in English and Italian are welcome. Please send an abstract of 250-300 words, a short biographical note, the speaker’s academic affiliation and any audio-visual equipment needed to Cecilia Piantanida at traditionsinfragments AT by 25 April 2014.

CONF: Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage

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Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage

International conference: 24-26 June 2014, UCL 

This international and interdisciplinary conference explores the rich and varied afterlife of ancient Greek and Roman drama in Latin America and the Caribbean, a topic thus far neglected in accounts of classical
reception. By focusing on texts that are relatively unknown in the Anglophone world, the conference aims to fill an important gap in the scholarship on the afterlife of classical tragedy and comedy. Our participants represent a diverse range of academic disciplines,
including Classics, Latin American Studies, Hispanic Literatures, and Theatre Studies. Papers will approach the topic from a variety of theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives. Case studies to be examined include plays from Argentina, Brazil, Chile,
Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. We will discuss the ways in which ancient drama has been used to articulate a range of issues (pertaining to gender, politics, race and violence) in modern societies. We will also
consider rewritings that have initiated a chain of modern receptions through which ancient themes and ideas have migrated across national or regional borders. 

Keynote Speaker: Lorna Hardwick (The Open University, UK)

Organisers: Rosa Andújar (r.andujar AT and Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos (konstantinos.nikoloutsos AT sju.)

The registration fee is £50 (£20 for a single day), which includes all lunches, coffee/tea, and a wine reception.  Discounted rates are available for students and the unwaged.  Attendance is free for UCL students and staff. 

Registration is now open (closing date: Friday, 13th June).  To register, and to access a complete list of participants, the full
programme and abstracts, please visit the conference website:

Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association and the Hellenic Society, we will also be able to offer several postgraduate bursaries.  Please visit the conference website at the link abovebfor further information.

The conference is generously supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation (UCL Leventis Fund), the Institute of Classical Studies, the Institute of Latin American Studies, SLAS (the UK Society for Latin American Studies), the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic
Studies, the Classical Association, the Gilbert Murray Trust, and the UCL Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (FIGS).