CONF: Cultural F(r)ictions in Hellenistic Literature

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CULTURAL F(R)ICTIONS IN HELLENISTIC LITERATURE (University of Exeter 27th-28th September 2012)

On 27th-28th September, the Centre for Hellenistic and Roman-Greek Culture and Society, in the Department of Classics and Ancient History (Exeter), will host a conference to celebrate Hellenistic literature and raise provocative new questions about the interaction between Greek and other cultures through a series of research presentations and reading-workshops. We particularly welcome postgraduate students who are working in this subject to attend. Details of the programme are included below. The conference is generously supported by funding from the Leventis Foundation, as part of an initiative to promote research on the impact of Greek culture on non-Greek cultures.

There is no charge to attend the conference, but to register your intention to attend, please contact me at the email address below.

Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association, bursaries are available to postgraduate students to assist with travel-costs to attend the conference; enquiries to K.Ni-Mheallaigh AT


3-4.30pm Reading workshop, Longus Daphnis and Chloe, led by Professor Ewen Bowie
4.30-5pm Tea/coffee
5-7pm Professor Flora Manakidou (Democritus University ofThrace), ‘Callimachus’ Iambi: modes of travelling and politics’.

9.30-10.15 Dr Karen Ní Mheallaigh (Exeter), ‘Textual transmission as cultural exchange: the story of the Kyranides.’
10.30-11.15 Dr Ivana Petrovic (Durham), ‘The representation of court society in Hellenistic poetry: Persia, the Greek world, Rome.’
11.30-12 Coffee/tea
12-12.45 Professor Tim Whitmarsh (Oxford), ‘Cultural Hybridity: the Alexander Romance’.
1-2 Lunch
2-2.30 Daniele Sberna (Durham), ‘Λεπτός/lepidus: proclamations of liberty in Callimachus and Catullus.’
2.45-3.15 Christian Djurslev (Exeter) ‘Alexander Kerasphoros – the horned Alexander in Hellenistic culture and beyond.’
3.30-4.15 Professor Barbara Borg (Exeter), ‘A cup of stories: art and text on the ‘Homeric bowls’.
4.15-4.45 Tea/coffee
4.45-5.30 Professor Ewen Bowie (Oxford), ‘Philicus’ Hymn to Demeter.’
5.45-6.45 Reading-workshop, led by Dr Ivana Petrovic: ps.Longinus, On the Sublime
Digression: Genius versus Mediocrity (32.8-36.4)
Appendix 44.1-end.

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