CONF: Conflict and Consensus in Early Hexameter Poetry

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Durham University Department of Classics and Ancient History is pleased to

announce the international conference

2nd to 4th July 2012

This conference aims to examine Conflict and Consensus in Early Hexameter
Poetry from two main perspectives: as thematic concerns in the poems
themselves and as aspects of their early reception. Conflict is a key theme
in the Iliad (which famously starts with a quarrel between Achilles and
Agamemnon), the Odyssey (the civil war in Ithaca), the Theogony (among
generations of gods) and the Works and Days (Hesiod and his brother). All
these key conflicts happen between parties who should actually get along,
and they are explored within poems that aimed to meet with consensus among
Panhellenic audiences. The Certamen Homeri et Hesiodi dramatises the
reception of early epic, and suggests that war – as a poetic theme – can
actually be less divisive than peace. The conference brings together
advanced graduate students, early-career researchers and more experienced
scholars in order to make an original and significant contribution to
Homeric studies.

Key-note speaker: David Elmer (Harvard)

Speakers: Paola Bassino (Durham), Alexander Beecroft (South Carolina),
Andrea Ercolani (CNR Italy), Lilah Grace Fraser (Durham), Barbara Graziosi
(Durham), Johannes Haubold (Durham), Jon Hesk (St. Andrews), Adrian Kelly
(Oxford), Don Lavigne (Durham), Jim Marks (Florida), Ivana Petrovic
(Durham), Oliver Thomas (Cambridge).

Respondent: Douglas Cairns (Edinburgh)

For a provisional schedule, paper abstracts, registration forms and more,
please go to the conference website at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Lilah
Grace Fraser (l.g.fraser AT or Paola Bassino
(paola.bassino AT

Registration will be open until 2nd June 2012.
Graduate bursaries are available, with applications accepted until 2nd June

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