CONF: Dionysius of Halicarnassus and Augustan Rome

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Dionysius of Halicarnassus and Augustan Rome
International Conference, Leiden University, 31 May and 1 June 2012

The Greek rhetorician and historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus settled in Rome in 30 BC. His rhetorical works, critical essays and history of early Rome (Roman Antiquities) are inextricably linked with the culture of Augustan Rome. In recent years, there has been a remarkable revival of interest in Dionysius. This international conference brings together the leading specialists in Dionysian scholarship: scholars working on rhetoric, literary criticism, Greek historiography and Roman culture. The conference aims to interpret the works of an important Greek scholar within the cultural, political and literary context of Augustan Rome.

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Jeroen Bons (Utrecht University): ‘Dionysius on Isocrates’
Michael Edwards (University of Wales, Lampeter): ‘Dionysius on Isaeus’
Matthew Fox (University of Glasgow): ‘The Roman polis in Dionysius’
Dan Hogg (Cranleigh School): ‘How Roman are the Antiquities?’
Richard Hunter (Cambridge University): ‘Dionysius and the Idea of the Critic’
Casper de Jonge (Leiden University): ‘Composition in Augustan Rome. Dionysius, Horace and Longinus’
Stephen Oakley (Cambridge University): ‘The Invention of Detail in the Roman Antiquities’
Christopher Pelling (Oxford University): ‘Dionysius and Regime Change’
James I. Porter (University of California, Irvine): ‘Dionysius and the Sublime Style’
Clemence Schultze (Durham University): ‘Ways of Killing Women. Dionysius on Horatia and Lucretia’
Antony Spawforth (Newcastle University): ‘Dionysius, Declamation, and Augustan Cultural Politics’
Laura Viidebaum (Cambridge University): ‘Dionysius and Lysias’ Charm’
Nicolas Wiater (University of St. Andrews): ‘Parahistory: Language, Time, and Historical Consciousness in Dionysian criticism’
Harvey Yunis (Rice University, Houston): ‘Dionysius and Contemporaries on Demosthenes’


Registration for this conference is now open. There are various options:

1) There is a limited number of places available for colleagues and students who would like to attend the conference papers on Thursday 31 May and / or Friday 1 June. Location: Gravensteen, Pieterskerkhof 6 in Leiden (45 seats). Single day rate (including lunch and refreshments) = 25 euro.

2) Two keynote lectures are open to the general public: both lectures will take place in the Klein Auditorium of the Academy Building, Rapenburg 73 in Leiden:
– Thursday 31 May at 4.00 pm: professor Christopher Pelling (Oxford): ‘Dionysius and Regime Change’
– Friday 1 June at 4.00 pm: professor Richard Hunter (Cambridge): ‘Dionysius and the Idea of the Critic’

Both keynote lectures will be followed by a reception. Participants are kindy requested to organize their own accomodation. A list of hotels in Leiden is available. A detailed programme will be circulated in due course. The conference is generously sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.


If you are interested to attend the conference or one of the keynote lectures, please contact Casper de Jonge ( AT

CONF: Metaphor in Greek and Roman Literature and Culture

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Metaphor in Greek and Roman Literature and Culture (a one-day workshop)
Friday 4 May, 2012
School of Classics, University of St Andrews

* Anna Uhlig (Cambridge): Sea as metaphor in fifth-century Greece.
* Sebastian Matzner (KCL): Metaphor’s other: making sense of metonymy.
* Nicolas Wiater (St Andrews): The erotics of mimesis: language, time, and desire in Greek classicism.
* Helen Lovatt (Nottingham): On the edges of images: blurring the boundaries between simile and
metaphor in Statius’ Thebaid.
* Victoria Rimell (Rome): Senecan dwelling and the conditions of metaphor.
* Shadi Bartsch (Chicago): The pleasure of the trope: pagan and Christian authors on the ethics of

All welcome. For registration information, please see:

For other queries, please contact Jason König (jpk3 AT

Reviews from BMCR

  • 2012.02.04:  Achim Lichtenberger, Severus Pius Augustus: Studien zur sakralen Repräsentation und Rezeption der Herrschaft des Septimius Severus und seiner Familie (193-211 n. chr.). Impact of empire, 14.
  • 2012.02.03:  Suzanne Saïd, Homer and the Odyssey (originally published 1998).
  • 2012.02.02:  Fabio Berdozzo, Götter, Mythen, Philosophen: Lukian und die paganen Göttervorstellungen seiner Zeit. Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte, Bd 106.
  • 2012.01.52:  Michael F. Wagner, The Enigmatic Reality of Time: Aristotle, Plotinus, and Today. Ancient Mediterranean and medieval texts and contexts. Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition v. 7
  • 2012.01.51:  Nicolini on Hunink on Nicolini, Ad (L)usum lectoris: etimologia e giochi di parole in Apuleio. Response by Lara Nicolini.