CFP: 2014 Plutarch Panel @ American Philological Association

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Following is the Call for Papers for a panel to be sponsored the International Plutarch Society, organized by the North American Sections of the USA and Canada. The panel will be part of the annual meeting of the American Philological Association, January 2-5, 2014, in Chicago.

Representation and Self-Representation in Imperial Greek and Latin Dialogues

Sponsored by the International Plutarch Society. Organized by Jeffrey Beneker, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Noreen Humble, University of Calgary.

The dialogic form originated by Plato and other Socratic philosophers has long been the subject of scholarly study and debate. Questions have been posed about the intersection of the dialogues’ literary form and their philosophical content, why the dialogue became the Socratics’ preferred genre, and the realism of the dialogues’ characters and settings. The genre, however, has a long tradition that crosses into Latin and extends well into the Imperial Era. Dialogues from the later part of the tradition have raised interesting questions of their own, and several recent studies have focused on developments in the genre that manifest themselves during the Imperial Era. These include broad studies, such as Goldhill (ed.), The End of Dialogue in Antiquity (2008), which takes a comparative look at the dialogue across Greek, Roman, Christian and Jewish cultures, and more narrow studies devoted to individual works, such as Klotz & Oikonomopoulou (eds.), The Philosopher’s Banquet (2011), a collection of essays on Plutarch’s Table Talk. Books such as these have helped to illuminate the great variety in the form, content, setting, and purpose of the Imperial dialogues. In this panel we aim to continue this investigation particularly in regard to the representation of individuals and the intersection of reality and fiction when it comes to the "guest lists" of literary dialogues.

The International Plutarch Society invites abstracts for papers that explore the representation of self and of others in Greek and Roman dialogues from the Imperial Era. Some preference may be given to papers that shed light on Plutarch’s aims and methods, but our primary goal is to assemble a collection of papers that explore various aspects of representation in the dialogues of this period.

Questions addressed by the panel might include the following: How realistic are the portraits of the known characters who participate in these dialogic compositions (e.g. Plutarch’s brother Timon in the Table Talk)? Are they meant to be realistic or are they simply vessels for the discussion at hand? If they are meant to be readily identifiable, how much of what is unstated about their character is meant to be understood as augmenting their presentation? To what extent are supposed historical figures, particularly philosophers, vehicles for an author’s own agenda (e.g. Plotinus in St Augustine’s Against the Academicians)? How far are we to separate author from character when an author appears as a character in his own dialogue? And how much does an ancient understanding of the role of Socrates in Plato’s dialogues or of Cicero in his own dialogues affect the presentation of interlocutors in the later tradition?

Abstracts should be sent electronically, in MS Word format or PDF, to Jeffrey Beneker (jbeneker AT In preparing the abstract, please follow the formatting guidelines for individual abstracts that appear in the APA Program Guide, and plan for a paper that takes no more than 20 minutes to deliver. Abstracts will be judged anonymously. Membership in the International Plutarch Society is not required for participation in this panel. The deadline is February 1, 2013.

For more information about the annual meeting of the APA or the format of abstracts, please visit:

CONF: ‘Rome in Bloomsbury’ Seminar Series, Autumn 2012

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We are pleased to announce the ‘Rome in Bloomsbury’ seminar list for the Autumn term, 2012. These lunchtime seminars will take place at 1-2 pm in the Malet Street Building, Birkbeck (WC1E 7HX) unless otherwise specified, and will be followed by discussion and a late lunch with the speaker, locally – all are very welcome.

9th October (room B04)
James Thorne (Manchester) ‘Roman Imperialism in Gaul Before Caesar.’

23rd October (room B07 in 26 Russell Sq.)
Jamie Wood (Manchester) ‘Provincial Rivalries in Late and post-Roman Spain.’

6th November (room G16)
Marcello Nobili (Birkbeck/Rome) ‘Martial’s Witness on the Uprising of Antonius Saturninus in the Year 88/9 AD.’

20th November (room B02)
Blair Fowlkes-Childs (Birkbeck) ‘The Cult of Jupiter Dolichenus. From Doliche in Commagene to the Castra Praetoria in Rome.’

4th December (room G16)
Anna Collar (Liverpool/Cambridge) ‘Renegotiation Identity: Using Networks to Explore the Epigraphy of the Jewish Diaspora in the Roman Empire.’
Enquiries to April Pudsey (a.pudsey AT

CFP: Food and Cuisine in Antiquity

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“A man doth not live by bread only”

Food, Kitchen and Cuisine in Antiquity.
Wrocław, Poland, 13-15th June 2013

Scientific committee:
· prof. Petr Charvat (West Bohemian University Plzen)
· prof. Karel van Lerberghe (Catholic University Leuven).
· prof. Gościwit Malinowski (University of Wrocław)
· prof. Jakub Pigoń (University of Wrocław)


Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies, University
of Wrocław. Confucius Institute in the University of Wrocław, Poland

Food is essential for live. But one must admit, that from the
beginning of human civilization the cuisine was invented and developed
to make food also essential for the good mood as well as for the
standard of living. Concerning this obviousness some questions could
be asked: Where should we look for the beginning of cuisine? How
people developed their food and dishes? What and why was found as the
particular delicacy? What spices were used and was there another
purpose of it apart from the taste? How were the similarities and
differences between the food of different nations? Are there any
loan-dishes among the ancient civilizations?

The most important topics of the conference should be as follows:
· The food as the element of social and cultural life
· Holy and tabooed food, and food offerings
· Food, kitchen and cuisine in the ancient literature
· Food, kitchen and cuisine in the historical and archaeological analysis
· Habits and customs related to food, cuisine and eating
· Kitchenware and kitchen equipment in antiquity
· Techniques of food processing

· The names of the foodstuff, kitchenware, kitchen equipment and
activities related to food and eating in the light of linguistics and

This conference will take a comparative approach, taking a wide
geographical and chronological sweep. We warmly invite all scholars
whose subject of study is the ancient Greece and Rome as well as the
ancient Near and Far East.

The conference is hosted by the Institute of Classical, Mediterranean
and Oriental Studies and Confucius Institute, University of Wrocław,
Poland on June 13th-15th, 2013. The language of the conference is

Proposals are now invited for individual papers. Proposals of no
longer than 300 words (in English) can be submitted by 31st December
2012 to the conference e-mail: <food.and.cuisine AT>

The proposals will be accepted after the revision by the scientific
committee by 28th February 2013. The final programme of the conference
will be released by 31st of March 2013.

Papers will be grouped in different sessions dedicated to the
different regions of the ancient world.

The conference fee is €100 and should be paid until 15th of March
2013. The number of the bank account will be send in the first

Should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to
contact the organizers, Stefan Nowicki and Małgorzata Zadka, Institute
of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies, University of
Wrocław, sending your e-mail to the conference address:
<food.and.cuisine AT>

CONF: Classics and Ancient History Research Seminar, University of Manchester

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Dept. of Classics and Ancient History, University of Manchester, Research Seminar Semester 1, 2012-13

The Classics and Ancient History Department at Manchester runs a series of research seminars through the year. Papers begin at 4.55pm on Thursdays in Samuel Alexander Building, S2.9.

Thursday, 4 October 2012
Jessica Dixon (Manchester): The language of adultery

Thursday, 11 October 2012
Stephen Todd (Manchester): Slave Sexuality

Thursday, 18 October 2012
Christy Constantakopoulou (Birkbeck): Semonides of Samos or Amorgos? The ‘Archaeology of the Samians’ and the question of the archaic colonisation of Amorgos reconsidered

Thursday, 25 October 2012, 5.30pm
David Scourfield (Maynooth): Exemplarity, Monumentality, and Self-Fashioning in Jerome’s Letters of Consolation

Thursday, 8 November 2012
Richard Alston (RHUL): Malthusian politics: reconsidering the political economy of Roman Italy

Thursday, 15 November 2012
Emma Griffiths (Manchester): What women want: Mythological strategies in Menander’s Samia

Thursday, 22 November 2012
Philip Hardie (Cambridge): For nation and empire: some uses of Virgil

Thursday, 29 November 2012
Peter Pormann (Manchester): ‘Life is short, the art is long.’ The Hippocratic Aphorisms in the Arabic exegetical tradition

Thursday, 6 December 2012
Rebecca Flemming (Cambridge): Re-reading the Augustan Marriage Laws.

Thursday, 13 December 2012
David Langslow (Manchester): oleum uetus ‘old oil’ and noua fictilia ‘new vessels’: regularity and licence in the placement of the adjective in Latin.

This semester’s programme can also be accessed on the Department’s website:

In addition there are a number of meetings of the local branch of the Classical Association held on Wednesdays in Samuel Alexander A7 at 5.30 pm:

Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Dr. Peter Jones (Friends of Classics)
Ancient Thoughts on Modern Problems

Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Dr. Peter Thonemann (University of Oxford)
Phrygia: An Anarchist History

Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Prof. Tim Cornell (University of Manchester)
Plutarch and Suetonius: Biographers in Historians’ Clothing?