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The Beast Within (and Without)
Animals in the Ancient World
Graduate Colloquium at the University of Madison, WI, October 1-2
Ever since rational animals began to record their thoughts, they have
portrayed the creatures around them as friend, foe or food. Since that
time, the defining line between man and beast has preoccupied artists and
authors. While some, such as Pliny and Aristotle, have taken a scientific
approach to describing animal behavior, others have chosen a more artistic
path, using animals as a way to think about humans or vice versa.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
€ Depictions of tame, wild or mythological animals in art or literature
€ Encounters between man and animal in the hunt, in the house or in the
€ Metamorphoses, whether brought on by the gods, by natural forces or by
€ Bestial behavior displayed by humans (or humane behavior by beasts)
These are only a few examples, and are not meant to exhaust the possible
topics that would fit under our theme. We welcome papers from any
discipline (history, philology, philosophy, material culture, etc.) and any
era of the Greco-Roman world. The keynote address will be delivered by Mark
Payne, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago.
Graduate students wishing to present a paper at the colloquium should submit
a titled abstract of 300 words or less to UWClassics.colloquium AT gmail.com by
April 30, 2010. Name, the title of the paper, email address, institution,
city, state, and country should be included on a separate page sent with the
abstract. Notifications will be sent around the end of May.
the colloquium should be directed to Lisa Feldkamp, lfeldkamp AT wisc.edu.