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Writing Literary History in the Greek and Roman World

Thursday, 19 September, 9:30am – Friday, 20 September 2019, 4:30pm

Writing Literary History in the Greek and Roman World

A two-day conference organised by the Department of Classics.

This conference will gather a diverse group of experts to examine the concept and practice of literary history in the Greco-Roman world. By focusing on a wide range of texts and authors, we aim to shed new light on a number of far-reaching questions: in what forms did the Greeks’ and Romans’ interest in their literary past first emerge? How did these evolve in response to cultural, historical, and socio-political change? 

Please register here:
Registration deadline: 30th of August.
Conference Programme

September 19, 2019

9:30-10:00: Registration
10:00-10:15: Welcome and opening remarks

Session 1
10.15-11.10: Casper de Jonge (Leiden University): Aristotelian teleology in literary criticism: Demetrius, Dionysius and Longinus on the early history of literature.
11.10-12.05: Mario Citroni (SNS Pisa): Dynamics of progress and decadence vs. persistence of canons: incongruities in Roman perceptions of literature.

12.05-14.00: Lunch break

Session 2
14.00-14.55: Richard Hunter (University of Cambridge): Plutarch and the history of Greek poetry.
14.55-15.50: Monica Gale (Trinity College Dublin): The pleasure of the text? Literacy, orality and programmatics in Lucretius.

15.50-16.10: Tea/Coffee break

Session 3
16.10-17.05: Martine Cuypers (Trinity College Dublin): The scholia on Apollonius’ Argonautica as a literary-historical source.
17.05-18.00: Giacomo Fedeli (Trinity College Dublin): Horace as a literary historian: appropriator, innovator and source.

September 20, 2019

Session 1
9.00-9.55: Henry Spelman (University of Cambridge): What made Greek literary history possible?
9.55-10.50: Stefan Schorn (KU Leuven): Historians, antiquarians, grammarians: problems in the classification and structuring of FGrHist IV.

10.50-11.10: Tea/Coffee break

Session 2
11.10-12.05: Joseph McAlhany (University of Connecticut): Wandering scholar: Varro in Rome’s literary landscape.
12.05-13.00: Diana Spencer (University of Birmingham): Varro and literary quotation: object and frame.

13.00-14.30: Lunch break

Session 3
14.30-15.25: Andrea Rotstein (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Another X: duplicating poets in ancient Greek literary history.
15.25-16.20: Sander Goldberg (UCLA): The losers’ legacy.

16.20-16.30: Closing remarks

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Identities in Transformation, Manuscript, Book and Print Culture
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff
Cost: Free (but registration is required) Registration DEADLINE 30th of August
Contact Name: Dr Giacomo Fedeli

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