CFP: Silius Italicus and Flavian Culture, Sydney 2011

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4th-6th July 2011

Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA)

The University of Sydney

Pacific Rim Latin Literature Conference 2011

in association with the Flavian Epic Network

Convenor: Robert Cowan (University of Sydney)

Silius Italicus’ epic on the Hannibalic War, the Punica, has moved from scholarly neglect and even contempt to being the focus of immense interest and research. Yet much scholarship—prompted by Silius’ own poetics of nostalgia and his close engagement with Virgil, Livy and Lucan—has tended to divorce the poet and his poem from its context in Flavian and especially Domitianic Rome. This conference, only the second ever devoted to Silius and the first in the English-speaking world, aims to resituate Silius and the Punica in its Flavian context.

Call for Papers

Papers on any aspect of Silius and the Punica are invited, but particularly welcome will be those which relate the poet and/or his poem to their Flavian context, be it literary, political, artistic, cultural, social, intellectual, or any combination of these. Papers which focus on the Flavian context with Silius in a subordinate role are also invited. Submissions from postgraduates are also especially welcome.

Papers should be either 45 or 20 minutes long, and please indicate into which category yours falls.

Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

· Silius and the other Flavian epicists (Valerius Flaccus, Statius)

· Silius and Martial

· Silius and Statius’ Silvae

· Silius and Flavian prose (Quintilian, Pliny the Elder, Frontinus)

· Silius and the Nervo-Trajanic backlash (Tacitus, Suetonius, Pliny the Younger, Juvenal)

· Silius and the Flavian Dynasty, esp. Domitian

· Silius and Flavian coinage, art and architecture

· Silius and ideology (political, imperial, cultural)


Silius and rhetoric· Silius and antiquarianism

· Silius and philosophy

· Silius and religion

It is hoped that a published volume will result from the conference.

Please submit a title and an abstract of 150-200 words to arts.silius2011 AT by 12th February 2011.

Keynote speaker

Assoc. Prof. Raymond D. Marks, (University of Missouri)

Raymond Marks has rapidly established himself as one of the leading voices in Silius scholarship, with a particular emphasis on situating the Punica in its Flavian and specifically Domitianic context.

His book From Republic to Empire: Scipio Africanus in the Punica of Silius Italicus (Frankfurt am Main, 2005) made a strong case for the poem as an aetiology of the principate, with Scipio serving as a model for Domitian. In addition to this already influential monograph, he has published articles on a wide range of aspects of the Punica in journals such as Mnemosyne and Ramus, and in the edited volumes Brill’s Companion to Silius Italicus (Leiden, 2010), Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History XIII (Brussels, 2006), The Blackwell Companion to Ancient Epic (Oxford, 2008), and the Festschrift for Michael Putnam (Afton, 2004). He has also published on Horace and Ovid.

Registration information, including suggestions for accommodation, will appear shortly.

Please direct any enquiries to Bob Cowan (arts.silius2011 AT

CFP: The Economic Role of Greek Fineware Pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean (AIA)

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Colloquium for Archaeological Institute of America annual meeting 2012, to be held in Philadelphia, PA 5th-8th January 2012.

Title: The Economic Role of Greek Fineware Pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean.

While quantitative studies on the location, use, amount, and artistic value of ancient ceramics abound, few of them take the further step of examining the role that the production and distribution of ceramics had within the context of economic transactions. In this session we seek to draw together recent work on the way in which Greek fineware is being used to trace economic connections and mechanisms of trade in all regions of the Mediterranean from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. The focus on fineware pottery aims to encourage considerations of economic transactions that deal with neither high-end “luxuries” nor basic subsistence goods. We are particularly interested in contributions which use specific case-studies to advance the understanding of the ancient economy through fineware distribution and use.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for 15 or 20 minute papers to Catherine Cooper (clc61 AT and Ulrike Krotscheck (ulrikek T before March 1st, 2011. Also feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. Presenters should be prepared to attend the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Philadelphia 5th -8th January 2012.