CONF: The Erotics of Narrative

seen on the Classicists list:

The Erotics of Narrative’

An international KYKNOS conference

KYKNOS, the Swansea and Lampeter Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World


15-17 July, Gregynog Hall


For booking information see:


Conference organisers: John.Morgan AT

m.plantinga AT; I.Repath AT




Desire, anticipation, pleasure, and satisfaction are all concepts which apply to hearing, reading, and giving narratives, as well as to love and sex. In some cases, horror, boredom, pain, and frustration are involved instead, or even as well. When a narrative concerns love and/or sex, then there is the possibility of dynamic interplay between the contents of the narrative and its narration, and between the provocations and reactions of narrators and their narratees.

This conference aims to explore the ways in which ideas and theories surrounding ancient narratives and erotic subject matter interrelate and affect each other, considering such aspects as: pleasure and pain, erotic impetus and delay, frustration and satisfaction, and disappointment and fulfilment, and generally how the processes and rhythms of reading/listening relate to sexual desire, pleasure, and so on.




Wednesday 15 July                 

3.00 – 3.15        Introduction      

3.15 – 4.15        Dimos Spatharas ‘Kinky stories from the rostrum’

4.15 – 4.45        Tea      

4.45 – 5.45        Andrea Capra    ‘Erotic scenes, erratic narratives, ironic distances: Plato and Xenophon’s Antithetic Symposia’

5.45 – 6.45        Liz Pender         ‘From seduction meadow to marriage bed: reading Plato’s Phaedrus’                    



Thursday 16 July                     

9.00 – 10.00      Glenn Lacki       ‘Sex and sea: the temptations of narration (Ov. Her. 18-19)

10.00 – 11.00    Alison Sharrock ‘The erotics of delay in Ovidian narrative’

11.00 – 11.30    Coffee  

11.30 – 12.30    Anne Cotton      ‘Reading, learning and desire: narrative, frustration, and philosophical progress in Plato’s Phaedrus’

12.30 – 2.00      Lunch  

2.00 – 3.00        Tim Whitmarsh  ‘The erotics of disappointment: Chariton’s Dionysiaka’

3.00 – 4.00        Kathryn Chew    ‘Erotikoi logoi and sophrosune: [self-] control in Achilles Tatius, Longus, and Heliodorus’

4.00 – 4.30        Tea      

4.30 – 5.30        Steve Nimis       ‘Eros the novelist’

5.30 – 6.30        Froma Zeitlin     ‘The Circulation of Erotic Energy in Achilles Tatius: Narrative Strategies of Deflection, Projection, and Sublimation’                       



Friday 17 July             

9.00 – 9.30        Daniel King        ‘A survivor’s story: narrating painful experiences in a pleasing way’

9.30 – 10.00      Emilio Capettini ‘Ethiopian Andromache: philandria and eros’

10.00 – 11.00    Stelios Panayotakis       ‘Desire and Storytelling in Apollonius of Tyre’

11.00 – 11.30    Coffee  

11.30 – 12.30    Ruth Webb        ‘Adultery, mime, and the novel: performance and metafiction in Apuleius and Achilles Tatius’

12.30 – 2.00      Lunch  

2.00 – 3.00        Jane McLarty     ‘Misplaced jealousy and the privileged reader: a Christian reading of a romantic motif’


(re)Building Hadrian’s Wall?

Interesting item in the North West Evening Mail on how much it would cost if they were to build Hadrian’s Wall today … here’s the incipit:

Carillion, which is working on the Waterfront business park on Barrow Island, which includes some traditional stone walls, calculated that it would take around 1,500 construction workers about two-and-a-half years to build a modern version of Hadrian’s Wall, Europe’s longest historic monument, at a cost of £400m.

Seems rather cheap, although those aren’t dollars …

Warwick Podcast: ‘Epic Poetry: from Homer to Virgil’

… seen on the Classicists list:

Dear all,

you can listen to the latest episode of Warwick’s ‘Classics in Discussion’ podcast. It is on ’Epic Poetry: from Homer to Virgil’.


It is also available on iTunesU; see

JOB: American Research Center in Sofia: Archaeology Administrator

from the Classics list:


The American Research Center in Sofia ( seeks to appoint an archaeology administrator. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in archaeology from a North American university, experience in both American and Bulgarian excavations, and fluency in Bulgarian. The position involves handling the solicitation of joint American-Bulgarian archaeological projects; working with the projects’ proposers and our Advisory Committee on Archaeological Projects regarding joint excavations and preservation of sites; and facilitating communication between Bulgarian and North American academics in the field of archaeology. The appointee will also be involved in reporting on the progress of the various projects, including preservation of sites, and in other administrative work at ARCS.

The term is one year, expected to begin in August, 2009, and is renewable.  The salary is competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and the names of three referees to Professor Kevin Clinton, Chair, Managing Committee, American Research Center in Sofia. Submissions should be sent only electronically (by e-mail attachments) to kmc1 AT

The American Research Center in Sofia (ARCS) is a consortium of over 75 institutions of higher learning registered in North America.  It was established in 2004 in order to facilitate academic research in Bulgaria for North American scholars and to promote collaboration between scholars from North America and countries in Southeast Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro). The Center facilitates research in Bulgaria by offering fellows and research teams logistical support. Visiting scholars and fellows can take advantage of the network established by the Center for use of the resources of Bulgarian institutions, and the Center helps to obtain necessary permits and approvals for research projects. The Center also facilitates training in the languages of the region for American scholars and sponsors conferences, guest lectures, seminars and talks by visiting fellows, and other cultural events. For the academic year 2009/2010 ARCS will offer three academic programs with accompanying fellowships: a 9-month program for the period September-May; a fall term program for the period September-November; and a spring term program for the period February-April (for details see ).  With recent major grants from the Packard Humanities Institute ARCS has acquired its own building in Sofia, which includes extensive library space and housing for the director, visitors, and students.

This Day in Ancient History

ante diem vi kalendas junias

  • 302 A.D. — Martyrdom of Julius at Durostorum