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The text below is a draft of the session descriptions for the Annual Meeting Program as of November 25, 2014. Please report any corrections to Note that some session numbers have changed because of the rescheduling of certain sessions.

Sessions on Friday, January 9, 2015 (Sessions 1-27, Presidential Panel)

Sessions on Saturday, January 10, 2015 (Sessions 28-54, Plenary Session)

Sessions on Sunday, January 11, 2015 (Sessions 55-81)

Friday, January 9, 2015


8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #1
The Body in Question: Literature, Philosophy, and Cult

Julie Laskaris, University of Richmond, Presider
The human body is recognized as a potent and highly variable signifier across multiple discursive and conceptual zones in ways that continue to attract the attention of scholars from many subfields. These papers explore six facets of somatic imagery and symbolism in Greek and Roman poetry, historiography, philosophical epistemology and aesthetics, and religious practice from the classical to the late antique periods.

  1. Goran Vidovic, Cornell University
    Physiology of Matricide: Revenge and Metabolism Imagery in Aeschylus’ Choephoroe (20 mins.)
  2. Thomas Cirillo, University of Southern California
    Ethiopian Blackness: Aristotelian Commentators on “Affective Qualities” and Racial Characteristics (20 mins.)
  3. Paul Hay, University of Texas at Austin
    Body Horror and Biopolitics in Livy’s Third Decade (20 mins.)
  4. Mali Skotheim, Princeton University
    Apollonius the Pantomime: Silence and Dance in Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana (20 mins.)
  5. Ursula M. Poole, Columbia University
    Somaesthetics and the Sublime: The Rhetoric of the ‘Clinical Body’ In Longinus’ Περὶ ὕψους (20 mins.)
  6. Tom Hawkins, The Ohio State University
    The Gilded Maggot: The Disgusting Beauty of Christian Ascetic Bodies (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #2
Ovidian Poetics, Ovidian Receptions

Andrew Feldherr, Princeton University, Presider

Increased understanding of Ovid not only as a poet of great accomplishment and diversity, but as the center of an imaginative tradition that extends from earlier antiquity down to the present day, has been a significant achievement of recent scholarship. These five papers present new perspectives on that tradition through an examination of Ovid’s own engagement with the literary and material past and present, and of some unexpected ways in which later artists have followed Ovid’s lead.

  1. Sergios Paschalis, Harvard University
    Conjugal Reunions: Ovid’s Orpheus and Eurydice and Euripides’ Alcestis (20 mins.)
  2. Leon Grek, Princeton University
    Romanae spatium Urbis: Ovidian Narrative and Roman Space in the Fasti (20 mins.)
  3. Carrie Mowbray, Smith College
    Amber Tears and Swan Songs: Ovid and Poetic Authority in Lucian’s Ἠλέκτρου (20 mins.)
  4. Luke Roman, Memorial University
    Humanist horti: The Poetics of Innovation in Giovanni Pontano’s De hortis Hesperidum (20 mins.)
  5. Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Bryn Mawr College
    Daphne’s Posthuman Bodies: Reading Ovid’s Metamorphoses as Science Fiction (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #3
Law and Empire in the Roman World

Clifford Ando, University of Chicago, Presider
In recent years, both new evidence for and new approaches to Roman law and legal procedure have made this a dynamic field for Roman historians. These five papers present new perspectives on the role of law, legal processes and agency in Rome and in the government of the provinces.

  1. Martin Reznick, New York University
    The Right to a Leisurely Trial? Strategy, Signaling, and Speed in P. Oxy. XLII (20 mins.)
  2. Emily Master, Princeton University
    Lex or leges? Augustus’ Judiciary Reforms (20 mins.)
  3. Charles Bartlett, Harvard University
    The lex Rupilia and the Role of Provincial Administration in Roman Legal History (20 mins.)
  4. Mary Deminion, University of Western Ontario
    Empire and Agency: Women and the Law in the Eastern Roman Provinces (20 mins.)
  5. David M. Ratzan, New York University
    Ulpian and the Criminalization of Divination (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #4
Intrageneric Dialogues in Hellenistic and Imperial Epic

James Clauss, University of Washington, Presider
Because so many Greek and Roman epics have been lost, modern conceptions of the genre tend to be dominated by Homer and his most celebrated followers. But the Theban and Argonautic sagas as well have left their mark both in the form of a few poems devoted to those themes and in reactions to them in epics on the Trojan War and other mythic cycles, even as the generic codes of Homeric epic are revised in those poems. These five papers discover new evidence of exchanges among these traditions in epic of the Hellenistic and Imperial periods.

  1. Michael Haslam, University of California, Los Angeles
    Argeia and Thersander in Antimachos’ Thebaid? (20 mins.)
  2. Carolyn MacDonald, Stanford University
    Coast of Outopia: the Argo in the Tyrrhenian Sea (20 mins.)
  3. Stefano Rebeggiani, New York University
    Nomen Echionium: Theban Narratives in Vergil's Aeneid (20 mins.)
  4. Joshua Fincher, Yale University
    Aeacus’ Heroism and Homeric Reception in Nonnus’ Dionysiaca (20 mins.)
  5. Nicholas Kauffman, The Johns Hopkins University
    The Aesthetics of Slaughter in Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #5
New Fragments of Sappho

Andre Lardinois, Radboud University Nijmegen, Organizer
Recently a new set of papyri with fragments of Sappho has been discovered. They preserve five stanzas of a completely new poem (Brothers poem), parts of three other new poems (Kypris poem, fr. 16a and the poem that preceded fr. 5), and add substantial new readings to fragments 5, 9, 16, 17 and 18. The purpose of this panel is to introduce this new material and to start the discussion of its significance both for our understanding of Sappho, her reception in Latin literature, and the presentation of her poetry to the larger public.

Andre Lardinois, Radboud University Nijmegen
Introduction (10 mins.)

  1. Dirk Obbink, University of Oxford
    Provenance, Authenticity, and Text of the New Sappho Papyri (25 mins.)
  2. Joel Lidov, City University of New York
    (S)he Do the Polis in Different Voices (25 mins.)
  3. Eva Stehle, University of Maryland
    Sappho and Her Brothers (25 mins.)
  4. Llewelyn Morgan, University of Oxford
    The Reception of the New Sappho in Latin Literature (25 mins.)
  5. Diane Rayor, Grand Valley State University
    Reimagining the Fragments of Sappho (25 mins.)

General discussion (15 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #6
What Can Early Modernity Do for Classics?

Ariane Schwartz, University of California, Los Angeles and Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College, Organizers

This panel, co-sponsored by the Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum project, aims to present to a wide audience of classicists a sample of the arguments and opportunities for working in early modern reception studies, and the potential mutual benefits arising from closer engagement with the field. The five panelists explore different forms of contact between antiquity and the early modern world from philology to translation, and from archival research to the mapping of intellectual networks. The panel opens a conversation to be continued from 2016 onwards under the auspices of the new Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR).

Ariane Schwartz, University of California, Los Angeles
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Christopher S. Celenza, The Johns Hopkins University
    What Kind of Language Did Ancient Romans Speak? A Fifteenth-Century Debate (20 mins.)
  2. Federica Ciccolella, Texas A&M University
    Exploring the Library of a 16th-Century Cretan Teacher (20 mins.)
  3. James Hankins, Harvard University
    Classical and Neo-Latin Philology: Separated at Birth? (20 mins.)
  4. Stephen Hinds, University of Washington
    Poetry between Latin and the Vernacular: Literature and Literalism in the Classical Tradition (20 mins.)
  5. Giovanna Ceserani and Thea DeArmond, Stanford University
    Early Modern Material Pasts: Architects, Proto-Archaeologists, and the Power of Images in the Eighteenth Century (20 mins.)

James J. O’Donnell, Georgetown University
Respondent (10 mins.)

General discussion (15 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #7
Polyvalence by Design: Anticipated Audience in Hellenistic and Augustan Poetry

Jeffrey Hunt and Alden Smith, Baylor University, Organizers

  1. Jason Nethercut, Knox College
    Polyeideia and the Intended Audience of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura (15 mins.)
  2. Peter Knox, University of Colorado
    The Audience for Elegy: Inferences from Pompeii (15 mins.)
  3. Kristin Mann, University of California, Los Angeles
    Dual Audience in Phaedrus (15 mins.)
  4. Barbara Weinlich, Eckerd College
    CIL 4.1520: Tracing Love Elegy's Various Readerships in a Pompeian Graffito (15 mins.)
  5. Angeline Chiu, University of Vermont
    Unintended Audiences: Ovid and the Tomitans in Ex Ponto 4.13 and 4.14 (15 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #8
Practice and Personal Experience
Organized by the
Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions
Jeffrey Brodd, California State University, Sacramento and Nancy Evans, Wheaton College, Organizers

The religious experience of individuals in the ancient world, which previously took a back seat to studies emphasizing state religion, is coming to the fore. Instead of disregarding subjective experience or personal religiosity, scholars have begun to explore the world of individuals’ lived practices. This session will examine different aspects of personal experience and/or practice in the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world. Such aspects might include (but are not limited to): pilgrimage; healing practices; rites accompanying birth and death; household practices; methodological challenges to studying personal experience; and the possibility of studying belief through such practices.

Nancy Evans, Wheaton College
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Kenneth Yu, University of Chicago
    Durkheim, Weber, and Some Problems in the Recent Turn toward the Individual in Ancient Greek Religion (20 mins.)
  2. Robyn Walsh, University of Miami
    Methodological Challenges of Studying Personal Experience in Early Christianity (20 mins.)
  3. Debby Sneed, University of California, Los Angeles
    Cybele and Attis in Domestic Cult at Olynthos: Evidence for Flexibility in Household Ritual (20 mins.)
  4. Jessica Lamont, The Johns Hopkins University
    Incubation and Individual Experience in Sanctuaries of Asklepios (20 mins.)
  5. Steven Muir, Concordia University of Alberta
    Vicarious Religious Healing in the Greco-Roman World (20 mins.)

General discussion (30 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #9
Inscriptions and Literary Sources
Organized by the
American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy
Paul A. Iversen, Case Western Reserve University, Organizer

In keeping with this long tradition of relying upon epigraphical evidence, the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy will host a panel that illuminates the interface between ancient Greek and Latin inscriptions and ancient historical or literary texts.

Paul A. Iversen, Case Western Reserve University
Introduction (10 mins.)

  1. Cameron Pearson, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
    Herodotus 1.64.3 and Alkmeonides’ Dedications IG I^3 597 and 1469: A Case for Alkmaionid Exile (20 mins.)
  2. Elizabeth Kosmetatou, University of Illinois Springfield
    An Unlikely Muse: Temple Inventories, Their Readers, and Literary Epigram (20 mins.)
  3. Jelle Stoop, University of Sydney
    Opinions about Honorific Statues: The Case of Dion vs. Rhodians (20 mins.)
  4. Jeremy LaBuff, Northern Arizona University
    Pride of Place: Remembering Herodotos in Late Hellenistic Halikarnassos (20 mins.)
  5. Patricia A. Butz, The Savannah College of Art and Design
    The Pharos of Alexandria: At the Interface between Non-Extant Inscription and Other Written Evidence (20 mins.)

General discussion (40 mins.)


10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #10
The Performance of Greek Poetry

Egbert Bakker, Yale University, Presider

In recent years there has been growing interest in imagining and charting the role of performance in molding and complicating the eventual text of Greek poems, especially those of the hexametrical and elegiac poets. The four papers to be performed in this section examine the performance contexts of hymns and other genres and even the role of scribes as the performers and recomposers of the earliest Greek genres.

  1. Annette Teffeteller, Concordia University
    The Songs of the Deliades: Multilingualism in Ritual Contexts (20 mins.)
  2. Claas Lattmann, Emory University/Kiel University (CAU)
    Between Athens and Delphi: The Pragmatics of the Delphic Hymns (20 mins.)
  3. Jonathan Ready, Indiana University
    On the “Scribe as Performer” and the Homeric Text (20 mins.)
  4. Lawrence Kowerski, Hunter College, City University of New York
    Composing Archaic Greek Elegy in the Roman Empire: Theognidea 1-18 (20 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #11
Representation of Time in the Hellenistic and Roman World

Robert Germany, Haverford College, Organizer
When early Greek thought presented time as segmented and cyclical it was usually at a cosmologically vast scale, for example in the “Ages of Man” (Hes. WD 109-201), but about the 4th century BC, new methods begin to emerge for measuring and describing time, not at the generational or historical scale, but in cycles of days or hours. This panel examines the cultural meaning of short spans of time in the Greco-Roman world, including the reception of technological advances in chronometry within virtuosic discourses, the first philosophical definition of time, and the representation of time in the theater.

Robert Germany, Haverford College
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Alexander Jones, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
    The Greco-Roman Sundial as Virtuoso Greek Mathematics (25 mins.)
  2. Kassandra Jackson, University of Chicago
    A Doctor on the Clock: The Roles of Clocks and Hours in Galen’s Medical Treatises (25 mins.)
  3. Barbara Sattler, University of St. Andrews
    Chronos as All-encompassing – Plato’s Unification of Time (25 mins.)
  4. Robert Germany, Haverford College
    The Unity of Time in Plautus’ Captivi (25 mins.)

General discussion (15 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #12
Looking Both Ways: Dialogic Receptions in Practice

Katherine Wasdin, The George Washington University and Caroline Stark, Howard University, Organizers

Classical reception studies typically situates the use of ancient sources in later periods, but it also has the potential to generate new interpretations of the earlier works. Through diachronic contextualization, this panel provides concrete examples of how reception can be a heuristic device for understanding antiquity. The panelists examine visual reception in painting, architecture, and cinema, all interpreting ancient works through the lens of later visual artifacts, but from a number of different methodologies, ranging from traditional philology to modern film theory.

Caroline Stark, Howard University
Introduction (10 mins.)

  1. John F. Miller, University of Virginia
    From Botticelli to Ovid’s Flora (20 mins.)
  2. Genevieve Gessert, Hood College
    Appropriation and Reflection: The Augustan Age in the Light of Italian Fascism (20 mins.)
  3. Corinne O. Pache, Trinity University
    Beasting It – Homeric Similes on the Bayou (20 mins.)
  4. Martin Winkler, George Mason University
    Cinemetamorphosis: Toward a Cinematic Theory of Classical Narrative (20 mins.)

Katherine Wasdin, The George Washington University
Respondent (10 mins.)

General discussion (30 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #13
The Impact of Moses Finley

Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Organizer
The 2012 centenary of (Sir) Moses Finley’s birth has re-energized research into his extraordinary career and involvements, as well as stimulating fresh evaluation of his controversial approaches and lasting impact as an ancient historian. In this session he appears in his own distinctive voice only months before his death (1986), being interviewed about all these aspects by Keith Hopkins. Following the screening of this unique video, Fred Naiden reflects on key dimensions of Finley’s life and activities in New York through the mid-1950s, and Dorothy Thompson does the same for the subsequent period when he was established in Cambridge, England.

Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Introduction (10 mins.)

  1. Keith Hopkins Interviews Sir Moses Finley (video, 35 mins.)
  2. Fred Naiden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Finley in America (20 mins.)
  3. Dorothy Thompson, University of Cambridge
    Finley in Britain (20 mins.)

General discussion (35 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #14
Organized by the
Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy
Kirk Sanders, University of Illinois, Presider

Green compares EN IX.9 and EE VII.12 on the question of whether a self-sufficient person will have friends. Both answer yes, but differ on the role of self-love in the friendship relation. Is happiness activity of the soul in accordance with virtue, or does it also require external goods such as friends, wealth, and political power? To the extent that Aristotle is committed to “both” Elliott argues that the theory of happiness may be incoherent. Bracketing the debate between “literalist” and “spiritualist” interpretations of Aristotle’s theory of perception, Thorp focuses on a physiological interpretation.

  1. Jerry Green, University of Texas at Austin
    Self-Love and Self-Sufficiency in the Aristotelian Ethics (25 mins.)
  2. Jay Elliott, Bard College
    Virtue and External Goods in Aristotle (25 mins.)
  3. John Thorp, University of Western Ontario
    Aristotle and the Physiology of Sense Organs (25 mins.)

General discussion (40 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Session #15
Medieval Latin Poetry
Organized by the
Medieval Latin Studies Group
Bret Mulligan, Haverford College, Organizer

Each of the papers in this panel explicates an important feature of the multifaceted world of post-classical Latin poetry. Working across a range of genres and employing a variety of methodological perspectives—from the interpretation of texts available only in manuscript to the judicious application of contemporary approaches (e.g. how authors deploy the gaze or spatial memory in the construction of identity)—the panelists illuminate four instances of classical reception.

  1. Joshua J. Hartman, University of Washington
    Ipse senatorum meminit clarissimus ordo
    : Memory, Identity, and Spatial Polemic in Prudentius' Contra Symmachum (20 mins.)
  2. Robert Babcock, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Francis Newton, Duke University
    Tibullus and Charlemagne: A Mini-Cycle of Poems from the King's Court Modeled upon the Corpus Tibullianum (20 mins.)
  3. Eb Joseph Daniels, University of Toronto
    Navigating the Gaze in the Paderborn Epic (20 mins.)
  4. Frank Coulson, The Ohio State University
    Literary Criticism in the Vulgate Commentary on Ovid’s Metamorphoses (20 mins.)

General discussion (40 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #16
Breastfeeding and Wet-Nursing in Antiquity
Organized by the
Women's Classical Caucus
C. W. Marshall, University of British Columbia, Organizer

Nursing and breastfeeding are tied to issues of motherhood more tightly today than in antiquity, and an examination of ancient nursing informs other discussions of the place of women in Greece and Rome. These four papers explore literary and historical attestations of these practices, offering new understandings of an everyday human activity that is under-examined in scholarship. With examples from Athenian tragedy, Ptolemaic Egypt, Rome, and the amphitheatre at Carthage, the diachronic progression will provide snapshots of a shifting story that is only beginning to be told.

  1. Catalina Popescu, Texas Tech University
    Clytemnestra’s Breast as a Receptacle of Memory in Aeschylus’ Libation Bearers20 mins.)
  2. Maryline Parca, University of San Diego
    The Wet-Nurses of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt (20 mins.)
  3. Tara Mulder, Brown University
    Adult Breastfeeding in Ancient Rome (20 mins.)
  4. Stamatia Dova, Hellenic College
    Lactation Cessation and the Realities of Martyrdom in the Passion of Saint Perpetua (20 mins.)

General discussion (40 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #17
The Matter of Thebes
Organized by the
American Classical League
Mary C. English, Montclair State University and Anne Mahoney, Tufts University, Organizer

Athenian tragedy casts Thebes as an anti-Athens, where perverted relationships within the family put the entire polis at risk. Oedipus kills his father, Eteocles and Polyneices kill each other, Heracles kills his sons, and so on. Outside Athens, or outside tragedy, Thebes may be the topsy-turvy wonderland of Plautus's Amphitruo, may be grafted into Ithaca on the back of Odysseus's son, or may become a symbol of all that can go wrong in a family. We explore the meanings of Thebes in tragedy, comedy, epic, and modern fiction.

  1. Patrick Lambdin, Independent Scholar
    Eteocles and the Sound of Silence (20 mins.)
  2. Dustin Dixon, Boston University
    The Comic and the Tragic Birth of Heracles (20 mins.)
  3. Ella Haselswerdt, Princeton University
    A Theban Odyssey: Family, Identity, and Finitude in the Epic Cycle (20 mins.)
  4. Michele Valerie Ronnick, Wayne State University
    A Look at Thebes's Place in American Fiction (1962-2010) (20 mins.)

General discussion (20 mins.)


1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #18
Hellenistic and Neoteric Intertexts

Richard F. Thomas, Harvard University, Presider

Hellenistic and Neoteric Poetry have long been understood as hybrid and complicated forms of poetry that are on the one hand obsessed with the poetry of the past and on the other incredibly inventive and free wheeling. The six presentations in this section look at the complicated array of cultural and literary intertexts that made these vibrant periods of poetic production so interesting.

  1. Vanessa Cazzato, Radboud University Nijmegen
    Hipponax’ Poetic Initiation and Herodas’ ‘Dream’ (20 mins.)
  2. Leanna Boychenko, Whitman College
    Prenatal Power in Callimachus’ Hymn to Delos and the Mendes Stela (20 mins.)
  3. Matthew Chaldekas, University of Southern California
    The Goatherd and the Winnowing-Shovel: Interpretation and Signification in Theocritus' Seventh Idyll (20 mins.)
  4. Nita Krevans, University of Minnesota
    Theocritus and Fan Fiction: Idylls 8 and 9 (20 mins.)
  5. Charles Campbell, Miami University
    Salty Sequences in Catullus and Meleager (20 mins.)
  6. Aaron Kachuck, Princeton University
    Vergil’s Nomina Flexa: Tityrus, Amaryllis, Meliboeus (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #19
Philosophical Poetics

David Sider, New York University, Presider

The ancient “quarrel” between poetry and philosophy was never simply that. In various ways, Greek philosophers sought both to account for the positive characteristics and capacities of poetry and, in some cases, to harness them in the service of their own discipline. Conversely, Greek and Roman poets frequently react to philosophy both as a different pursuit from their own and as one that is, at least in part, compatible with it. These papers consider variously the curious relations between poetry and philosophy from the perspectives of aesthetic theory and practice, intellectual history, and literary polemics.

  1. Samuel Flores, Kalamazoo College
    Philosophy as a Reinterpretation of Poetry in Plato’s Republic (20 mins.)
  2. Katherine Lu Hsu, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York
    Between Hesiod and the Sophists: Prodicus’ Heracles at the Crossroads (20 mins.)
  3. James Andrews, Ohio University
    Plato's Protagoras as a Comedy of Pleasure (20 mins.)
  4. Clifford Robinson, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
    “Since we Are Two Alone:” Profaning the patrios nomos in Plato's Menexenus (20 mins.)
  5. Phillip Horky, Durham University
    Where Is the Good? The Place of Agathon in the Symposium (20 mins.)
  6. Kate Meng Brassel, Columbia University
    Persius, Satires 4 and 5: Pedagogy and the Failure of Philosophy (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #20
Religion, Ritual, and Identity

James Rives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Presider

After years of a perhaps obsessive focus on the religion of polis, scholars have begun once again to look at the role of the individual in Greek and Roman religious life and in different models of social interaction in religious cult. These five papers focus in very different ways on the private and associative roles that religious and magical activities played in the lives of the Greeks and Romans.

  1. Paul Iversen, Case Western Reserve University
    The Heloreia Festival at Halaisa Archonideia, Tauromenion, and Syracuse (20 mins.)
  2. Andreas Bendlin, University of Toronto
    Curses, Class, and Gender: Psychological and Demographic Aspects of Roman “Magic” (20 mins.)
  3. Zsuzsanna Varhelyi, Boston University
    A New Paradigm for Roman Imperial Priesthoods? Reconsidering the Religious Elements in Associative Life in Early Imperial Italy (20 mins.)
  4. Lora Holland, University of North Carolina at Asheville
    A New Latin Inscription from Cetamura del Chianti: Private Ritual at a Sacred Well (20 mins.)
  5. Roshan Abraham, Washington University in Saint Louis
    Philostratus, Prognōsis, and the Alternatives to Divination (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #21
Empire and Ideology in the Roman World

In recent years, the belief systems that upheld Roman monarchy and empire have been the focus of increasing scholarly attention. These six papers explore the ethics and ideals of monarchy and empire as well as the multiple agencies involved in promoting and communicating them.

  1. Lekha Shupeck, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Roman Senatorial Reactions to the Extortion and Abuse of Provincials and Foreigners before 149 B.C.E. (20 mins.)
  2. Larisa Masri, University of Chicago
    Rome and the “Immortal Gods”: An Ideology for Empire (20 mins.)
  3. Amy Russell, Durham University
    Pax, the Senate, and Augustus in 13 BCE: A New Look at the Ara Pacis Augustae (20 mins.)
  4. Thomas Keith, Loyola University Chicago
    Crinagoras of Mytilene and the Construction of Empire in Greek Epigrams of the Augustan Period (20 mins.)
  5. David Schwei, University of Cincinnati
    Who Controls the Imperial Mint at Rome? An Epigraphic Perspective on Bureaucrats (20 mins.)
  6. Cynthia Bannon, Indiana University
    Regulating and ‘Romanizing’ the Environment (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #22
Voice and Sound in Classical Greece

Sarah Nooter, University of Chicago, Organizer

From slanderous whispers to violent thunderclaps, cicadas’ songs to shouts of ululation and screams of prophecy, classical Greek literature is filled with remarkable instances of and meditations on the nature of voice and sound. This panel explores the implications of acoustic meaning and vocal expression in the literary and performative world of classical Greece, focusing on works by Pindar, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Plato. All five panelists examine the fraught dialectic between speech, song, and sound, and interrogate the role of the material in the aesthetic.

  1. Timothy Power, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Choral Whispers (20 mins.)
  2. Pauline A. LeVen, Yale University
    Mythologies of the Voice: Plato’s Cicadas and the Nature of the Voice (20 mins.)
  3. Sarah Nooter, University of Chicago
    Choral Ventriloquism in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon (20 mins.)
  4. Emily Allen-Hornblower, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Acoustic Ironies in Euripides’ Trojan Women (20 mins.)
  5. Owen Goslin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    “The Deep-Voiced Lord of Thunder”: Thunder and the Poetic Voice in Pindar (20 mins.)

General discussion (30 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #23
Cognitive Classics: New Theoretical Models for Approaching the Ancient World

Peter Meineck, New York University, Organizer

  1. William Short, University of Texas at San Antonio
    Why a Mind Is Necessary for Classical Studies (30 mins.)
  2. Garrett Fagan, The Pennsylvania State University
    Crowds in the Corcyraean Stasis (30 mins.)
  3. Jacob Mackey, Queens College, City University of New York
    The Cognitive Structure of Roman Ritual Practice (30 mins.)
  4. Jennifer Devereaux, University of Southern California
    Embodied Historiography: Models for Reasoning in Tacitus' Annals (30 mins.)
  5. Peter Meineck, New York University
    The Affective Sciences and Greek Drama (30 mins.)

Ineke Sluiter, University of Leiden
Respondent (5 mins.)

General discussion (30 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #24
Writing outside the Box: Communicating Classical Studies to Wider Audiences
Organized by the
Outreach Committee
Judith P. Hallett, University of Maryland, Organizer

Five panelists who write about classical studies in different genres (fiction, poetry, history, memoir, reviews, blogs) and venues (popular presses, journals aimed at broad audiences, the internet) will speak about their work. All have classical training of different kinds, and teach at quite different kinds of institutions. All seek to attract readers who are not professional classical scholars. They will discuss how and why they have chosen this path, reflecting on their intellectual and professional challenges as well as their successes, offering advice to others who might consider following their important model.

  1. Carol Gilligan, New York University
    Classics in a Different Voice (20 mins.)
    Questions (10 mins.)
  2. James Romm, Bard College
    Modern Ancient History (20 mins.)
    Questions (10 mins.)
  3. Jane Alison, University of Virginia
    The Art of Love/The Love of Art (20 mins.)
    Questions (10 mins.)
  4. Carl Phillips, Washington University in Saint Louis
    Classics and the 21st-Century Poem (20 mins.)
    Questions (10 mins.)
  5. Emily Wilson, University of Pennsylvania
    Audiences Beyond the Box: Presenting Classics to Orchestra and Balcony (20 mins.)
    Questions (10 mins.)

Mary-Kay Gamel, University of California, Santa Cruz
Response (10 mins.)

General discussion (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #25
Ancient Literacy Reprised (Seminar – Advance Registration Required)

William Johnson, Duke University, and Stephanie Frampton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Organizers

2014 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of William Harris’s Ancient Literacy, a watershed book that helped to set the groundwork for a rising wave of scholarly interest in reading and writing in ancient Greece and Rome. This collection of new work by scholars across the Classics revisits and interrogates some of Harris’s original themes, in conversation with Harris himself. In this encounter we aim collectively to review the state of ancient literacy studies and to model new possibilities for engagement with the evidence and the questions posed by Ancient Literacy across disciplines.

Stephanie Frampton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Introduction (10 mins.)

  1. Gregory Woolf, University of St. Andrews
    Ancient Illiteracy (10 mins.)
  2. Raffaella Cribiore, New York University
    A Further Look at Literacy and Education in Greek and Roman Egypt (10 mins.)
  3. Sean Gurd, University of Missouri
    Incompletion, Revision, and the Ethics of Reading: Cicero on Appropriate Action (10 mins.)

William Harris, Columbia University
Respondent (20 mins.)

General discussion (40 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #26
The Other Side of Victory: War Losses in the Ancient World

Jessica H. Clark, Florida State University, and Brian Turner, Portland State University, Organizers

This panel considers how various ancient Mediterranean societies addressed – or failed to address – the universal problem of failure and loss in war. The panelists examine not only how leaders managed the political consequences of military defeats, but also the challenges facing defeated soldiers and civilians (who in many cases were left to negotiate the meaning of defeat for themselves and for their societies). Focusing on the connections between war and society, experience and representation, history and memory, the papers contribute to our growing appreciation of the significance of war losses both within and beyond the study of ancient warfare.

  1. Max L. Goldman, Vanderbilt University
    Demosthenes Epitaphios (60), Chaeronea and the Rhetoric of Defeat (15 mins.)
  2. John Hyland, Christopher Newport University
    Achaemenid Soldiers, Alexander's Conquest, and the Experience of Defeat (15 mins.)
  3. Paul Johstono, The Citadel
    “No Strength to Stand”: Defeat at Panion, the Macedonian Class, and Ptolemaic Decline (15 mins.)
  4. Amy Richlin, University of California, Los Angeles
    The Sale of Captives on the Comic Stage: Communal Memory in the 200s BC (15 mins.)
  5. Craig Caldwell, Appalachian State University
    Remembering the ‘Greatest Shame’: Roman, Persian, and Christian Responses to the Emperor Valerian as Prisoner of War (15 mins.)

Nathan Rosenstein, The Ohio State University
Respondent (15 mins.)

General discussion (30 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #27
Organized by the
Lambda Classical Caucus
Ruby Blondell and Kathryn Topper, University of Washington, Organizers

Humor and sex were tightly intertwined in the ancient world, as they are today, and this panel examines some of the many manifestations of their relationship in the literary, visual, and architectural records of Greece and Rome. Focusing on evidence from various genres and media, panelists consider issues ranging from the performative function of sexual humor to the uses (and perils) of modern theory in understanding ancient sex and laughter.

Kathryn Topper, University of Washington, Organizer
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Marina Haworth, North Hennepin Community College
    The Wolfish Lover: The Dog as a Comic Metaphor in Homoerotic Symposium Pottery (20 mins.)
  2. Deborah Kamen, University of Washington
    The Consequences of Laughter in Aeschines’ Against Timarchos (20 mins.)
  3. David Fredrick, University of Arkansas
    Or Are You Just Happy to See Me? Hermaphrodites, Invagination, and Kinaesthetic Humor in Pompeian Houses (20 mins.)
  4. Eugene O'Connor, The Ohio State University
    Who Loves You, Baby? Martial as Priapic Seducer in the Epigrams (20 mins.)
  5. Sandra Boehringer, Université de Strasbourg
    Not a Freak but a Jack-in-the-Box: Philaenis in Martial, Epigram 7.67 (20 mins.)

Ruby Blondell, University of Washington
Respondent (5 mins.)

General discussion (15 mins.)

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Presidential Panel
Ancient Perspectives on the Value of Literature: Utilitarian versus Aesthetic

Kathryn Gutzwiller, University of Cincinnati, Presiding

  1. Andrew Ford, Princeton University
    Debates about the Value of Literature from Homer to Aristotle (20 mins.)
  2. Stephen Halliwell, University of St. Andrews
    Literature and the Irreducible Problem of Value (20 mins.)
  3. James I. Porter, University of California, Irvine
    The Utility of the Aesthetic and the Aesthetics of Life (20 mins.)
  4. Joy Connolly, New York University
    Reading like a Roman Rhetorician (20 mins.)

Saturday, January 10, 2015


8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #28
Poetics, Politics, and Religion in Greek Lyric and Epinician

Kathryn Morgan, University of California, Los Angeles, Presider

Greek lyric and epinician poetry provide complex evidence for social, political and religious practices and beliefs. The papers in this panel explore the ways in which sexual relations, systems of reciprocity, threats to political stability, and modes of cultic worship function in these genres.

  1. David Wright, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Rocking the Boat: The Iambic Sappho in the New Sappho Fragment (20 mins.)
  2. Elsa Bouchard, Université de Montréal
    Wile-loving Aphrodite in Archaic Poetry (20 mins.)
  3. David Kovacs, University of Virginia
    Persuasion on Aegina in Pindar's Eighth Nemean (20 mins.)
  4. Chris Eckerman, University of Oregon
    Χάρις in the Epinician Odes of Pindar and Bacchylides (20 mins.)
  5. Gregory Jones, Independent Scholar
    Bacchylides’ Imitation of Art and Cult in Ode 17 (20 mins.)
  6. Margaret Foster, Indiana University
    Colonial Narrative and the Excision of the Seer: The Disappearance of Melampous in Bacchylides’ Ode 11 (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #29
Slavery and Status in Ancient Literature and Society

T. Corey Brennan, Rutgers University, Presider

The six papers in this panel explore questions of status, especially that of women, slaves and the non-elite between the archaic Greek and Roman imperial worlds. The panel brings together in conversation papers on literature as social commentary and papers on social history.

  1. Anna Conser, Columbia University
    Why Can't a Woman Be More like a Bee? Poetic Persona and Hesiod's Bee Simile in Semonides Fr. 7 (20 mins.)
  2. Ephraim Lytle, University of Toronto
    The Curious Case of Chaerephilus & Sons: Vertical Integration and the Ancient Greek Economy (20 mins.)
  3. Mark Pyzyk, Stanford University
    Specialization Among Citizens in Classical Greece (20 mins.)
  4. Clara Bosak-Schroeder, University of Michigan
    Keeping Luxury at Bay: Elephants in Megasthenes’ Indika (20 mins.)
  5. Matthew Leigh, University of Oxford
    Sicily and the Eclogues of Vergil (20 mins.)
  6. William Owens, Ohio University
    Xenophon of Ephesus’ Critique of Stoic Thinking about Slavery (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #30
(Inter)generic Receptions in and of Early Imperial Epic

Andrew Zissos, University of California, Irvine, Presider

The Latin epics of the Neronian and Flavian periods were instrumental in transforming received notions of literary decorum, including the uses of canonical poetry, the relationship between Greek and Roman literary culture, the boundaries that had traditionally separated poetry and prose, and the very definition of aesthetic value. This panel presents six perspectives on the transformations that this poetry produced or inspired in the period that immediately followed them.

  1. Catherine Mardula, Independent Scholar
    Vergil's Shield of Aeneas and its Legacy in Lucan (20 mins.)
  2. Christopher Caterine, Tulane University
    Lucan’s Introduction and the Limits of Intertextual Analysis (20 mins.)
  3. Siobhan Chomse, University of Cambridge
    The Turn of the Screw: Lucan, Tacitus and the Sublime Machine (20 mins.)
  4. Giulio Celotto, Florida State University
    A New Interpretation of Tacitus Historiae 2.70: Lucan's Caesar and Tacitus' Vitellius (20 mins.)
  5. Arthur Pomeroy, Victoria University of Wellington
    Silius Italicus and Homer (20 mins.)
  6. Jessica Blum, Yale University
    Going for the Gold: Virtus and luxuria in Valerius’ Argonautica (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #31
Receptions of Classical Literature in Premodern Scholarship

The papers in this session contribute to recent advances in our understanding of ancient and medieval scholarship, from the Second Sophistic through the late Byzantine periods, as a force that continues to shape modern conceptions of ancient Greek and Latin literature.

  1. Stylianos Chronopoulos, University of Freiburg
    Arguing through Analogy in Pollux' Onomastikon (20 mins.)
  2. Carlo Vessella, Center for Hellenic Studies
    Atticist Lexica and Atticistic Pronunciation (20 mins.)
  3. Dave Oosterhuis, Gonzaga University
    Dating the Catalepton: How Servius Misread Donatus and Created the Collection (20 mins.)
  4. Marja Vierros, University of Helsinki
    Scribes, Language, and Education in Petra in the 6th Century CE (20 mins.)
  5. Almut Fries, University of Oxford
    A Byzantine Scholar at Work: Demetrius Triclinius and Responsion between Separated Strophes in Greek Drama (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #32
Untimeliness and Classical Knowing

Constanze Güthenke and Brooke Holmes, Princeton University, Organizers

Brooke Holmes, Princeton University
Introduction (10 mins.)

  1. Simon Goldhill, University of Cambridge
    Classics and the Precipice of Time (20 mins.)
  2. Constanze Güthenke, Princeton University
    The Untimely Scholar: Radicalism and Tradition (20 mins.)
  3. Miriam Leonard, University College London
    Tragedy and the Intrusion of Time: Carl Schmitt’s Hamlet or Hecuba (20 mins.)
  4. Tim Whitmarsh, University of Oxford
    Quantum Classics: Untimely Chronologies and Postclassical Literary Histories (20 mins.)

Glenn Most, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa/University of Chicago
Respondent (20 mins.)

General discussion (40 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #33
New Frontiers in the Study of Roman Epicureanism

Benjamin Vines Hicks, Southwestern University, Organizer

In the last ten years, scholars have unveiled a nuanced image of the identity, practice, and rhetorical and social relations of Roman Epicureanism. New editions of Philodemus’ texts found at the villa of Calpurnius Piso at Herculaneum are finally widely accessible, thus enabling literary scholars to make use of them in explicating Latin poetry. Additionally, advances in literary theory have created more appreciation for the polemical interactions between Romans of different philosophical persuasions. This panel extends these established frontiers by focusing on the historical, literary, rhetorical and social dynamics of Epicureanism at Rome.

  1. Nathan Gilbert, University of Toronto
    Gastronomy and Slavery under Caesar: The Politics of an Epicurean Cliché (Ad Fam. 15.18) (20 mins.)
  2. Pamela Gordon, University of Kansas
    Code-switching for Epicurus in the Late Republic (20 mins.)
  3. Sergio Yona, University of Illinois
    Horace’s Philosophical Upbringing in Satires 1.4 (20 mins.)
  4. Benjamin Vines Hicks, Southwestern University
    Tibullus on Property Management (20 mins.)
  5. Robert Hedrick, Florida State University
    Vergilian enargeia: Hellenistic Epistemology and Rhetoric in Aeneas’ Gaze (20 mins.)

Wilson Shearin, University of Miami
Response (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #34
Performance as Research, Performance as Pedagogy
Organized by the
Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance
T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, Wake Forest University, Organizer

This panel presents new research on ancient and modern performance with explorations of the new interpretive insights and student learning outcomes made possible uniquely through the staging and adaptation of Greek and Roman plays. The panel—which includes papers on both tragedy and comedy, on authors both Greek and Roman—focuses especially on the interrelationships among performance, interpretation, and teaching. Papers offer new interpretations of ancient theater developed through the staging and performance of Graeco-Roman drama as well as assessments of the value of performance in teaching ancient theater.

  1. Simone Oppen, Columbia University
    Reconsidering Choral Projection in Aeschylus through Performance (20 mins.)
  2. Megan Wilson, University of Michigan
    Behind the Façade: Staging the House in Euripides’ Orestes (20 mins.)
  3. Christopher Bungard, Butler University
    Violence in Plautus: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Performance (20 mins.)
  4. Amy R. Cohen, Randolph College
    Doubling in Practice and Pedagogy (20 mins.)
  5. Lily Kelting, University of California, San Diego
    Aristophanes in Performance in the 21st-Century Classroom (20 mins.)

General Discussion (30 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #35
Platonism and the Irrational
Organized by the
International Society for Neoplatonic Studies
John F. Finamore, University of Iowa and Svetla Slaveva-Griffin, Florida State University, Organizers

It has been 63 years since E. R. Dodds published his seminal work, Greeks and the Irrational. Since that time, scholars of later Platonism have been examining the role of magic, dream interpretation, divination, theurgy, etc., in the ancient world and have been discovering that practices that seem irrational to moderns were standard topics for philosophical inquiry in late antiquity. This panel will investigate the various sorts of “irrational” topics that appealed to Platonists and how they engaged them in their philosophies.

  1. Ilaria Ramelli, Catholic University Milan & Angelicum
    The Irrational Parts of the Soul “Against Nature” in Christian Neoplatonism? Gregory Nyssen with Antecedents in Origen and Aftermath in Evagrius (20 mins.)
  2. Jason Reddoch, Colorado Mesa University
    From Plato to Philo: On the Psychology and Physiology of Prophetic Dreaming (20 mins.)
  3. Donka Markus, University of Michigan
    Dialectic as Autopsia: A Lesson in Neoplatonic Rationality (20 mins.)
  4. Marilynn Lawrence, Immaculata University
    Astrology for Neoplatonists: Rational or Irrational? (20 mins.)
  5. Greg Shaw, Stonehill College
    The Irrational and the Paranormal: the Legacy of E. R. Dodds (20 mins.)

General discussion (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session #36
The Next Generation: Papers by Undergraduate Classics Students
Organized by Eta Sigma Phi

David H. Sick, Rhodes College, Organizer

This session explores the state of the discipline through the research of undergraduate classicists. Undergraduates were invited to submit papers for presentation at the Annual Meeting, and the submissions were vetted by a panel of scholars appointed by Eta Sigma Phi, the national honor society for classical studies. The five papers chosen reflect the diversity of the discipline, ranging temporally from Greek lyric to Augustine and applying a variety of methodological approaches. Kathleen M. Coleman, James Loeb Professor of the Classics at Harvard University and former President of the SCS, will comment.

  1. Maxwell A. Gray, Rhodes College
    The Seal of Theognis and Oral-Traditional Signature (15 mins.)
  2. J. LaRae Ferguson, Hillsdale College
    "To Laugh at One's Enemies:" Vengeance by Humiliation and the Tyranny of the Stronger in Sophocles' Ajax (15 mins.)
  3. Haley Flagg, Washington University in Saint Louis
    Foreign Voices: Caesar's Use of 'Enemy' Speech in the Helvetii Campaign (15 mins.)
  4. Emma Vanderpool, Monmouth College
    Towards a New Lexicon of Fear: A Statistical and Grammatical Analysis of pertimescere in Cicero (15 mins.)
  5. Joshua Benjamins, Hillsdale College
    "Et legebat et mutabatur intus:" Reading and Conversion in Augustine's Confessions (15 mins.)

Kathleen M. Coleman, Harvard University
Respondent (20 mins.)

General discussion (10 mins.)


10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #37
Empires, Kingdoms, and Leagues in the Ancient Greek World

Jeremy McInerney, University of Pennsylvania, Presider

The four papers on this panel take a fresh look at the interplay between poleis and other local communities on the one hand and translocal powers (empires, kingdoms and leagues) on the other in the Greek world between the fifth and second centuries BCE.

  1. Timothy Sorg, Cornell University
    An Empire of Allotment: Imperial Stability and the Athenian Frontier in Fifth-Century Euboea (20 mins.)
  2. Denise Demetriou, Michigan State University
    The Practice of Diplomacy: Sidonian Kings and Greek States in the Fourth Century BCE (20 mins.)
  3. M.S. (Marijn) Visscher, Durham University
    The Seleucids in Babylon: Royal Euergetism and Local Elites (20 mins.)
  4. John Tully, Boston Consulting Group
    Rhodes, the Cyclades, and the Second Nesiotic League (20 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #38
Rejecting the Classics: Rupture and Revolution

Adam Edward Lecznar, University of Bristol, Organizer

This panel explores texts, writers and thinkers that have critiqued the legacy of the Graeco-Roman past rather than praising it, and which have therefore interrogated the tacit value judgments that often underpin notions of the ‘classical’. Focusing on works that tackle the various crises of the twentieth century, the papers ask global questions about what the relationship is between rejection and reception and whether certain periods and certain areas of the world are more likely to want to reject Greece and Rome. Finally, it suggests that studying acts of rejection can help to combat rose-tinted understandings of antiquity’s afterlife.

  1. Adam Edward Lecznar, University of Bristol
    The Tragedy of Aimé Césaire: Building a Future from the Ruins of Antiquity (20 mins.)
  2. Emma Cole, University College London
    An Aristotelian Verfremdungseffekt; or, the Rejection of the Poetics in Postdramatic Theatre (20 mins.)
  3. Mathura Umachandran, Princeton University
    Disenchanting Odysseus: Auerbach and Adorno on the Philhellenic Enlightenment (20 mins.)

Patrice Rankine, Hope College
Respondent (20 mins.)

General discussion (40 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #39
Inflation and Commodity-Based Coinages in the Later Roman Empire

Gilles Bransbourg, New York University and American Numismatic Society, Organizer

The Later Roman Empire discovered the concept of abstract monetary units of accounts. A currency unit no longer meant a specific coin, with its weight and metal composition. This led to possibly the longest-lasting period of permanent inflation in history, from the monetary dislocation of the mid-3rd century until the restoration of a comprehensive coinage system under Anastasius (AD 491-518) after the fall of the Western Empire. We will explore the economic, political and social consequences brought by such an extreme degree of fiduciarity into a world where precious metals remained the most recognized anchor of value.

  1. Daniel Hoyer, The Evolution Institute, SESHAT Global History Databank Project
    Debasement and Inflation in the Western Empire during the Third Century CE (20 mins.)
  2. Irene Soto, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
    Bronze Currency and Local Authority in 4th-Century Egypt (20 mins.)
  3. Filippo Carlà, University of Exeter
    Currency and Inflation in Late Antiquity (20 mins.)
  4. Gilles Bransbourg, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, and the American Numismatic Society
    Roman Coinage, between Commodity and Currency (20 mins.)

General discussion (30 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #40
Interactive Pedagogy and the Teaching of Ancient History
Organized by the
Committee on Ancient History
William S. Bubelis, Washington University in Saint Louis, Organizer

This panel will explore how interactive pedagogies such as role-playing exercises, simulation games, and experimental reconstruction might be of significant benefit in the teaching of ancient history at the undergraduate level. Panelists will examine a number of issues, ranging from methodological approaches and historiographic rigor to what practical steps might be necessary to render those pedagogies most effective in the classroom.

  1. Carl A. Anderson, Michigan State University and T. Keith Dix, University of Georgia
    Reacting to the Past
    : Pedagogy and ‘Beware the Ides of March, Rome in 44 BCE’ (20 mins.)
  2. Christine Loren Albright, University of Georgia
    Reconvening the Senate: Learning Outcomes after Using Reacting to the Past in the Intermediate Latin Course (20 mins.)
  3. Gregory Aldrete, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay
    Making History Come Alive: Reflections on 20-Years’ Worth of Role-Playing Simulation Games, Exercises, and Paper Assignments (20 mins.)
  4. Lee Brice, Western Illinois University
    More than Bringing History to Life: Experimental History as an Interactive Pedagogy (20 mins.)

Nicholas Rauh, Purdue University
Respondent (10 mins.)

General discussion (10 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #40
The End of the Roman Empire: Catastrophe and Collapse vs. Transition and Transformation: A Debate
Organized by the SCS Program Committee

Carlos Noreña, University of California, Berkeley, Moderator

  1. Kimberly Bowes, University of Pennsylvania (40 mins.)
  2. Noel Lenski, University of Colorado Boulder (40 mins.)

General Discussion (40 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #42
The Problematic Text: Classical Editing in the 21st Century

Tom Keeline, Western Washington University, and Justin Stover, University of Oxford, Organizers

Some 50 years ago E.R. Dodds remarked that our classical texts were good enough to live with; D.R. Shackleton Bailey replied, “That depends on your standard of living.” It’s now 2015: Do textual criticism and editing still have a place in classical scholarship? How does textual criticism overlap and interact with other established and emerging fields of classical studies, such as papyrology, reception studies, and digital humanities? What possibilities for editing classical texts are provided by new technologies like electronic text corpora, manuscript digitization, and digital editions? This panel showcases new work in textual scholarship that demonstrates the field’s ongoing importance to contemporary classical studies.

Justin Stover, University of Oxford
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Richard Tarrant, Harvard University
    Quae quibus anteferam? The Grouping and Ordering of Works in Modern Editions of Classical Texts (20 mins.)
  2. Sarah Hendriks, University of Oxford
    Editing the Latin Papyri from Herculaneum: The Case of PHerc. 78 (20 mins.)
  3. Cynthia Damon, University of Pennsylvania
    Beyond Variants: Some Digital Desiderata for the Critical Apparatus of Ancient Greek and Latin Texts (20 mins.)
  4. Francesca Schironi, University of Michigan
    Philology and Textual Editing in the Classroom (and beyond) (20 mins.)

Tom Keeline, Western Washington University
Respondent (15 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #43
Libros Me Futurum: New Directions in Apuleian Scholarship

Sonia Sabnis, Reed College and Ashli Baker, Bucknell University, Organizers

Marking the 30th anniversary of Jack Winkler’s landmark Auctor & Actor: A Narratological Reading of Apuleius’s Golden Ass, this panel looks to the future of Apuleian studies, seeking both new questions and fresh answers to long-standing questions posed by Apuleius’ rich body of work. Employing diverse approaches, these papers unify around several themes: how issues raised by narratology can be addressed by enriching that interpretive stance with others, how Apuleius’ philosophical positions – especially regarding moral virtue – inform his novelistic world, and how modern theoretical frameworks based in cultural studies can produce new readings of Apuleius’ works.

  1. H. Christian Blood, Yonsei University
    Apuleius’ Book of Trans* Formations: A Transgender Studies Reappraisal of Met. 8.24-30 and 11.17-30 (20 mins.)
  2. Elsa Giovanna Simonetti, University of Padova
    Apuleius and the ‘Impossible Tasks’: Linking Together the Heavens and the Earth (20 mins.)
  3. Jeffrey Ulrich, University of Pennsylvania
    Apuleius’ Use and Abuse of Platonic Myth in the Metamorphoses (20 mins.)
  4. Sasha-Mae Eccleston, Pomona College
    The Mantle of Humanity: Met. 11.24 and Apuleian Ethics (20 mins.)

General discussion (20 mins.)

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session #44
ORGANS: Form, Function and Bodily Systems in Greco-Roman Medicine
Organized by the
Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy
Ralph M. Rosen, University of Pennsylvania, Organizer

Largely hidden from sight, the organs of the body have always offered fascination as well as frustration. We sense their function in the course of sustaining a biological life, but can mostly only infer the details of their processes. In pre-modernity, this alienation of the self from the material components of the human body and their interactions was especially acute, and so many of the ancient medical texts are clearly groping for ways to understand the functions of individual organs in health and disease, both physiological and psychological. This session will explore various aspects of the organs across the long history of Greco-Roman medicine.

Ralph M. Rosen, University of Pennsylvania
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Anna Bonnell-Freidin, Princeton University
    Birth and the Many-Legged Womb (20 mins.)
  2. Amber Porter, University of Calgary
    Organs Personified: Their Form and Function in the Empathetic Medical System of Aretaeus of Cappadocia (20 mins.)
  3. Michael Goyette, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
    Vivisection and Revelation: Some Narratives from Latin Literature (20 mins.)
  4. Luis Alejandro Salas, University of Texas at Austin
    Fighting with the Heart of a Beast: Galen's Use of Exotic Animal Anatomy against Cardiocentrists (20 mins.)

General discussion (10 mins.)

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion Groups (Joint SCS/AIA Session)

Best Practices for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research
Moderators: Matthew Loar, Stanford University; Sarah Murray, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; and Stefano Rebeggiani, New York University

Blogging Antiquity
Moderators: Mary Franks and Jaclyn Neel, York University

Careers beyond the Classroom: Translating the Humanities PhD
Moderator: John Paul Christy, American Council of Learned Societies

Classical Traditions in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Moderators: Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound, and Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Bryn Mawr College

Current Work on Greek Inscriptional Poetry
Moderators: Donald Lavigne, Texas Tech University, and Ivana Petrovic and Andjrej Petrovic, Durham University

Digitized Manuscripts, Digital Scholarly Editions, and Linked Open Data
Moderators: Cillian O’Hogan, The British Library, and Christopher Blackwell, Furman University

Globalizing Classics
Moderator: Eric Dodson-Robinson, West Chester University

Hearing History: Sound in the Greek and Roman Past
Moderators: Jeremy Hartnett and Bronwen Wickkiser, Wabash College

How Far Can Outreach Go, and Who Does It Benefit?
Moderators: Fiona McHardy, Roehampton University, and Nancy S. Rabinowitz, Hamilton College

Latin On-Line
Moderator: T. Davina McClain, Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University

Negotiating Negotiation
Moderators: Tara Welch, University of Kansas, and Sarah Levin-Richardson, University of Washington

Open Access Books: The Problem of Visibility
Moderator: Catherine Mardikes, University of Chicago

Preparing for Museum Careers: What Do Students and Recent PhDs Need to Know?
Moderator: Sara E. Cole, Yale University

Reference Tools for a Digital Age
Moderators: Sander M. Goldberg, University of California, Los Angeles, and Eric Rebillard, Cornell University

Silicon Valley and the Classics
Moderator: Daniel Harris-McCoy, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #45
Discourses of Greek Tragedy: Music, Natural Science, Statecraft, Ethics

Laura McClure, University of Wisconsin, Presider

This panel responds to recent interest in the relationship between the performative, aesthetic, and political effects of Greek tragedy. Papers explore the political work of the tragic chorus, the relationship between natural forces and human suffering, the political effects of gnomic utterances, and the ethical and moral dilemmas posed by human mortality.

  1. Valerie Hannon Smitherman, University of Bergen
    Performing Relationships: Aeschylus’ Use of Mousikē and Choreia in the Oresteia (20 mins.)
  2. Robert Cioffi, Bard College
    Night of the Waking Dead: The Ghost of Clytemnestra and Collective Vengeance in Aeschylus’ Eumenides (20 mins.)
  3. Patrick Glauthier, University of Pennsylvania
    Playing the Volcano: Prometheus Bound and Fifth Century Volcanic Theory (20 mins.)
  4. Lucy Van Essen-Fishman, University of Oxford
    Generalizing Force: The Breakdown of Creon’s Authority in Sophocles’ Antigone (20 mins.)
  5. John Gibert, University of Colorado Boulder
    Reflexivity and Integrity in Sophocles' Philoctetes (20 mins.)
  6. Wendy Closterman, Bryn Athyn College
    Dead Man Walking: The Use of Funerary Motifs in Euripides’ Orestes (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #46
The Figure of the Tyrant

Christopher Baron, University of Notre Dame, Presider

Articulated denunciations of tyrants are found from the time of Solon and recur throughout Greco-Roman antiquity. However, it is not the case that all sole rulers in the ancient world would be universally considered as despotic. These papers consider individuals who were labeled as tyrants by at least some of their contemporaries and examine the behaviors that led to the designation.

  1. Rachel Bruzzone, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität
    Inheriting War: Father and Son in the Peloponnesian War (20 mins.)
  2. Robert Sing, University of Cambridge
    Demosthenes and the Financial Power of Philip II (20 mins.)
  3. Marcaline Boyd, Florida State University
    Tyrant Labeling and Modes of Sole Rulership in Diodorus Siculus’ Bibliotheke (20 mins.)
  4. Ioannis Ziogas, Australian National University
    “You, Too, Son, Must Die!”: Caesar’s Prophecy and the Death of Brutus (20 mins.)
  5. Jake Nabel, Cornell University
    A Bridge to Nowhere: Caligula’s Baiae Procession and Its Models (20 mins.)
  6. Tristan Taylor, Yale University
    or Tyrannus? The Ideology of Libertas in Usurpation and Civil War (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #47
Women, Sex, and Power

Amy Richlin, University of California, Los Angeles, Presider

In the ancient world it was rare to find any public discourse on women without a sexual dimension. In this dimension men could portray women both as possessing power and as being subject to violence. Papers in this panel will investigate various manifestations of this nexus of concepts.

  1. Kathy L. Gaca, Vanderbilt University
    Aristotle and the Peripatetics on the Historiography of Martial Rape (20 mins.)
  2. Rebecca Flemming, University of Cambridge
    The Achaeology of the Classical Clitoris (20 mins.)
  3. Heather Elomaa, University of Pennsylvania
    A Taste for the mentula: Female Critics in the Carmina Priapea (20 mins.)
  4. Duane W. Roller, The Ohio State University
    Feminist Geography: The Empowered Women of Strabo (20 mins.)
  5. Sebastian Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    The Apotheosis of Poppaea (20 mins.)
  6. Katharine von Stackelberg, Brock University
    The Erotics of Lettuce? Sexual Knowledge in Columella Book 10 (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #48
Problems in Ancient Ethical Philosophy

For ancient philosophers one of the central questions of the ethical life was determining the correct proportion of reason and emotion in shaping behavior. In different ways each of these papers addresses this aspect of living as a moral agent.

  1. Carlo DaVia, FordhamUniversity
    Method in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (20 mins.)
  2. David Kaufman, Transylvania University
    The Pre-Emotions of the Stoic Wise Man (20 mins.)
  3. Georgina White, Princeton University
    Lucretian Temporality: The Problem of the Epicurean Past in the De Rerum Natura (20 mins.)
  4. Pamela Zinn, Trinity College Dublin
    Love and the Structure of Emotion in Lucretius (20 mins.)
  5. Sonya Wurster, The University of Melbourne, Australia
    Reason in Philodemus's De dis 1 (20 mins.)
  6. David Armstrong, University of Texas at Austin
    Real Harm, not Slight: The Prerequisites for "Natural Anger" in Philodemus' On Anger and their Influence on Vergil (20 mins.)
  7. Erica Bexley, University of Cambridge
    More than Meets the Eye: Public Attention and Moral Conduct in Seneca (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #49
Ancient Receptions of Classical Literature

Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, The University of Texas at Austin, Presider

Reception Studies have become an increasingly important area of scholarship in Classics. The papers in this panel explore reception as a function of material culture, political nostalgia, and intertextual strategies in genres that extend from early invective poetry to late antique history writing.

  1. Erika Taretto, Durham University
    Sites of Memory and Ancient Reception of Poets: Archilochos on Paros (20 mins.)
  2. Mallory Monaco Caterine, Tulane University
    Lycurgus and Other Lies: Plutarch's "Agis and Cleomenes" and the Rhetoric of Political Revival (20 mins.)
  3. Catherine Keesling, Georgetown University
    Retrospective Portrait Statues and the Hellenistic Reception of Herodotus (20 mins.)
  4. Stephen Trzaskoma, University of New Hampshire
    The Paradoxical Program of Chariton’s Callirhoe (20 mins.)
  5. Brandon Jones, University of Washington
    Tacitus' Dialogus de ... Re Publica (20 mins.)
  6. Jessica Moore, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Plague in the Time of Procopius: Thucydides, Intertextuality, and Historical Memory (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #50
Roman Exile: Poetry, Prose, and Politics

David M. Pollio, Christopher Newport University, and Gordon P. Kelly, Lewis and Clark College, Organizers

Exile during the late-Republic/early-Empire has traditionally been studied as either an historic and political phenomenon or a literary theme. Panelists, analyzing treatments of exile in the works of Cicero, Livy, Vergil, and Ovid, integrate these heretofore distinct lines of inquiry into one of two innovative approaches. The first considers poetic treatments of exile in relationship to the political institution of exile; the second applies techniques of literary interpretation to depictions of exile in works of historical interest such as histories, orations, and letters.

David M. Pollio, Christopher Newport University
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. W. Jeffrey Tatum, Victoria University of Wellington
    Exile as a Mode of Genius: Metellus Numidicus and the Performance of Exile (25 mins.)
  2. Alexandra Kennedy, University of Arizona
    The Exile of Coriolanus: Space, Identity, and Memory in Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita (25 mins.)
  3. Kenneth Sammond, Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Acti fati … Romanam condere gentem: The Politics of Exile in Vergil’s Aeneid (25 mins.)
  4. Sanjaya Thakur, Colorado College
    Resonances of Tiberius’ Exile in Ovidian Literature (25 mins.)
  5. Jayne Knight, University of British Columbia
    Ira Caesaris
    and Ovid’s Exile Epistles: A New Reading (25 mins.)

General discussion (15 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #51
Polynomial Texture Mapping: An Introduction to Digital Archaeology

Benjamin F. S. Altshuler, University of Oxford, Organizer

The sands of time have either obliterated or obscured all but a small fraction of inscriptions from the Classical era. Fortunately, emerging photographic technologies offer new views of these old objects. Through the use of Polynomial Texture Mapping (PTM), Multispectral Imaging (MSI) and 3D photography, secrets locked in these ancient surfaces can now be revealed. This PTM/MSI/3D Imaging workshop will go beyond presentation and discussion and offer participants an unusual opportunity to image a variety of actual artifacts, including tablets, intaglios, pottery, and manuscripts. The aim is to provide participants with a real-world perspective on the substantial opportunities presented by the new wave of new digital imaging technologies and how they can be used to enhance a broad range of research projects.

  1. Benjamin F. S. Altshuler, CSAD, University of Oxford
    Introduction to PTM & MSI Imaging Technology and Digital Archeology. (30 minutes)
  2. Thomas Mannack, Beazley Archive and CARC, University of Oxford
    PTM Imaging and its application to Athenian painted pottery. (20 minutes)
  3. Giles E.W. Richardson, OCMA and Beazley Archive, University of Oxford
    Applications of 3D and PTM Imaging in Maritime Archeology. (20 minutes)
  4. PTM Imaging Workshop: Hands-on experience with PTM Imaging technology. (90 minutes)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #52
Homo Ludens: Teaching the Ancient World via Games

T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, Wake Forest University, and Robyn Le Blanc, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Organizers

This interdisciplinary workshop offers a forum about games and play in Classics curricula. Well-constructed games offer numerous pedagogical benefits: customization, risk-taking, learning from mistakes, challenges promoting skill mastery, prompt feedback, and creative, integrative, thinking through perspective-taking. Gameplay and its benefits can figure into pedagogy in any course on the ancient Mediterranean, from language to civilization to material-culture, at all levels. Presenters explore approaches, techniques, and sources of inspiration for gamifying Classics teaching. The session provides a unique opportunity for a lively conversation about our role in the classroom, and how gameplay helps motivate students and suggests new directions in research.

  1. Sarah Landis, Latin School of Chicago, Maxwell Teitel Paule, Earlham College, and T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, Wake Forest University
    Persona grata: Role-Playing Games in Language and Civilization Instruction (30 mins.)
  2. Robyn Le Blanc, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    “Future Archaeology”: Modular Roleplay in Material-Culture Courses (30 mins.)
  3. Bret Mulligan, Haverford College
    Ethopoeia and Reacting to the Past in the Latin Classroom (and Beyond) 30 mins.)
  4. Roger Travis, University of Connecticut
    A “Practomimetic” Approach to Game-Based Learning (30 mins.)

General Discussion (30 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Session #53
Neo-Latin Texts in the Americas and Europe
Organized by the
American Association for Neo-Latin Studies
Roger Stephen Fisher, York University, Organizer

The papers in this panel will highlight the importance of Neo-Latin literature as a conduit for the classical tradition in both Europe and the Americas from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries and will demonstrate how Neo-Latin literature provides a rich corpus of material that can be approached from a wide variety of perspectives, ranging from the traditional methods of classical philology to contemporary methods of theory-based literary criticism.

Roger Stephen Fisher, York University
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Owen Ewald, Seattle Pacific University
    Out of the Pietist Labyrinth: Susanna Sprögel’s Latin Verses (20 mins.)
  2. Eric Hutchinson, Hillsdale College
    Greek and Roman Sources in Niels Hemmingsen’s De lege naturae apodictica methodus (20 mins.)
  3. K. T. S. Klos, University of Florida
    quae mihi satis liberalis et humana visa (20 mins.)
  4. Jay Reed, Brown University
    Love's Imperium in Garcilaso's Third Latin Ode (20 mins.)
  5. Marco Romani Mistretta, Harvard University
    Myths of Poetry and Praise: Orpheus in Poliziano's and Statius' Silvae (20 mins.)
  6. Maya Feile Tomes, University of Cambridge
    José Manuel Peramás’ De Invento Novo Orbe Inductoque Illuc Christi Sacrificio (1777): [World]views of America in a Little-Known Neo-Latin Epic on Columbus’ Voyages to the "New World" (20 mins.)

General discussion (25 mins.)

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Session #54
Poster Session

  1. Eduardo Engelsing, Western Washington University
    The Chinese Room and the Chess Player: Pn Reading and Language Proficiency in Classics
  2. Brandtly Jones, St. Anne's-Belfield School
    The Promise and Pitfalls of Authoring Your Own E-Textbook
  3. Matthew Sears, University of New Brunswick and C. Jacob Butera, University of North Carolina at Asheville
    The Site of the Battle of Philippi (42 BCE)
  4. Erin Moodie, Purdue University
    Subversive Metatheater in Ancient Comedy
  5. Denis Searby, Stockholm University
    The Dicts and Sayings of Greek Philosophers in the Digital Age
  6. Bram van der Velden, University of Cambridge
    Multiple Explanations and Unresolved Ambiguity in Porphyrio’s Commentary on Horace

5:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
SCS Plenary Session

Presidential Address: Kathryn J. Gutzwiller, University of Cincinnati: Fantasy and Metaphor in Meleager

Sunday, January 11, 2015


8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session #55
Truth and Untruth

Cynthia Damon, University of Pennsylvania, Presider

Truth-telling claims are a central part of the authority of historians and orators alike in the ancient world, but are also highly contested. These six papers offer fresh perspectives on the boundaries of truth and fiction across a range of Roman prose literature.

  1. Bryant Kirkland, Yale University
    No Place Like Home: Narratorial Participation in Lucian’s True Histories (20 mins.)
  2. Charles Oughton, University of Texas at Austin
    Hannibal the Historian at Ticinus and Cannae (20 mins.)
  3. Alexander Lessie, University of California, Los Angeles
    A Body of Text: Incorporating Mark Antony into the Second Philippic (20 mins.)
  4. Kathryn Langenfeld, Duke University
    The Historia Augusta’s “Audacity to Invent”: Biography and the Ancient Novel in the Late Empire (20 mins.)
  5. Robert Simms, Chuo University
    Empire and aporia in Petronius’ Bellum Civile (20 mins.)
  6. Miller Krause, University of Florida
    Coloring Outside the Lines: Magnus Felix Ennodius’ Distorted Declamations (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session #56
Problems of Triumviral and Augustan Poetics

Irene Peirano Garrison, Yale University, Presider

The poetry of Horace, Vergil, Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid continues to be a subject of active research. This panel explores instances of hitherto unrecognized or under-recognized generic affinities, political and historical perspectives, intertextuality and word-play, and reflections of cultural commonplaces in this poetry from the early Triumviral to the late Augustan period.

  1. Andrew Horne, University of Chicago
    Horace and hypothêkai (20 mins.)
  2. Jeri DeBrohun, Brown University
    Revolutionary Horaces (20 mins.)
  3. Brian McPhee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Cupid, Minerva, and Lyric Consciousness: Two Readings of Horace, Odes 3.12 (20 mins.)
  4. Kevin Muse, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
    Varium et mutabile semper femina: Aeneid
    4.569-70 and Odyssey 15.20-3 (20 mins.)
  5. Rebecca Katz, Harvard University
    The Rule of Three or fere tria? Authorial Artifice in Propertius 4.10 (20 mins.)
  6. Nandini Pandey, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Fashion Victim? Domination and the Arts of Coiffure in Augustan Elegy (20 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session #57
Family Values: Fathers and Sons in Flavian Literature

Jacques Bromberg, University of Pittsburgh, and Micaela Janan, Duke University, Organizers

As the first Roman emperors not to share Julio-Claudian genes, the Flavians acutely precipitated the question of non-bloodline succession: On what basis exactly does the emperor rule? Our panel investigates how Flavian authors represent fathers and sons as conceptual models for changing relationships of hierarchy and power. Through close readings of Valerius Flaccus, Statius, and both Plinys, we propose that the evolution of Roman imperial power under Flavian emperors is plainly visible in contemporary literary representations of paternity. After the Julio-Claudians, what is Roman power, what is Roman paternity, and how do Roman writers help redefine both?

Micaela Janan, Duke University
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Neil Bernstein, Ohio University
    Moralizing Kinship in the Flavian Era: Animal Families in the Elder Pliny (20 mins.)
  2. Timothy Stover, Florida State University
    Opibusque ultra ne crede paternis: Fathers and Sons on the Wrong Side of History in Valerius’ Argonautica (20 mins.)
  3. Antonios Augoustakis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Male Lament in Statius’ Thebaid (20 mins.)
  4. Micaela Janan, Duke University
    The Father’s Tragedy: Assessing Paternity in Silvae 2.1 (20 mins.)
  5. Jacques Bromberg, University of Pittsburgh
    Pliny’s Telemacheia: Epic and Exemplarity under Vesuvius (20 mins.)

General discussion (40 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session #58
Demystifying Assessment
Organized by the
Education Committee
Eric Dugdale, Gustavus Adolphus College and Keely Lake, Wayland Academy, Organizers

This panel intends to equip instructors to teach in an age of assessment. Presenters will discuss the design, implementation, and results of their assessment. They will describe how they have aligned learning goals and assessment, and how assessment has improved their teaching and the learning of their students. A variety of assessment methods and instruments will be showcased, including quantitative and qualitative, formal and informal, longitudinal and instant. The papers describe forms of assessment that range in scale from multi-institutional projects to forms of assessment implemented in individual courses, and represent both university and high school contexts. Discussion will follow.

Eric Dugdale, Gustavus Adolphus College
Introduction: Making Assessment Work for You (10 mins.)

  1. David Johnson and Yasuko Taoka, Southern Illinois University
    Assessing Translingual and Transcultural Competence (20 mins.)
  2. Jacqueline Carlon, University of Massachusetts Boston
    Rethinking the Latin Classroom: Changing the Role of Translation in Assessment (20 mins.)
  3. Michael Arnush, Skidmore College and Kenny Morrell , Rhodes College
    The Teagle Assessment Project: A Study of the Learning Outcomes for Majors in Classics (20 mins.)
  4. Keely Lake, Wayland Academy
    Assessment at the Secondary Level: Demands and Benefits (20 mins.)
  5. Ryan Fowler and Amy Singer, Franklin and Marshall College
    Assessing Learning Outcomes Online: A Longitudinal, Collaborative, Inter-institutional Case Study (20 mins.)

General discussion (40 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session #59
40 Years of Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women’s History in Classics
Organized by the
Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups
Georgia Tsouvala, Illinois State University and Celia Schultz, University of Michigan, Organizers

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Sarah B. Pomeroy’s landmark study Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves, a diverse panel of historians and classists will reflect on and investigate the impact of the book and the evolution of the field of women’s history within classics. This panel addresses the reception of Pomeroy 1975 and the integration of women into the larger historical narrative, and will present new research on Graeco-Roman women’s history.

Dee Clayman, City University of New York
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Ann Hanson, Yale University
    Following Sarah (20 mins.)
  2. Bruce Frier, University of Michigan
    Roman Law and the Marriage of Underage Girls (20 mins.)
  3. Sheila Murnaghan, University of Pennsylvania
    Tragic Realities: What Kind of History Do Fictional Women Let Us Write? (20 mins.)
  4. Kristina Milnor, Barnard College
    On Knowing and Not Knowing (20 mins.)

General discussion (35 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session #60
The Intellectual Legacy of M. Terentius Varro: Varronian Influence on Roman Scholarship and Latin Literary Culture
Organized by the TLL Fellowship Advisory Board

Matthew M. McGowan, Fordham University, Organizer

Matthew M. McGowan, Fordham University
Introduction (10 mins.)

  1. Isaia Crosson, Columbia University
    The Antiquitates Rerum Divinarum and the Creation of the Roman National Identity (15 mins.)
  2. Curtis Dozier, Vassar College
    Parodic Pedants: Satire in Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria 1.6 and Varro’s De Lingua Latina 8–9 (15 mins.)
  3. Scott DiGiulio, Brown University
    Monumenta rerum ac disciplinarum
    ? Varro’s Reception and the Case of Gellius’ Noctes Atticae Book 3 (15 mins.)
  4. Michele Renee Salzman, University of California, Riverside
    Varro and His Influence in the Fourth and Fifth Century Latin West (15 mins.)
  5. Steven J. Lundy, University of Texas at Austin
    Varro’s theologia tripertita in Augustus and Augustine (15 mins.)

Matthew M. McGowan, Fordham University
Respondent (20 mins.)

General discussion (40 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session #61
Ancient Greek and Roman Music: Current Approaches and New Perspectives
Organized by the International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music (MOISA)

Pauline A. LeVen, Yale University, Organizer

For its inaugural SCS panel, MOISA invited scholars interested in any aspect of ancient Greek and Roman music and its cultural heritage to contribute papers illustrating current approaches to ancient music (understood in its largest sense) and new perspectives (including trans-disciplinary) on the topic. The panel illustrates the vibrancy and diversity of studies on Greek and Roman music and examines the interactions between music and other dimensions of ancient culture, in particular the visual arts, ancient science, and performance practices.

Pauline A. LeVen, Yale University
Introduction (10 mins.)

  1. Sheramy Bundrick, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
    From Athens to Tarquinia: A Female Musician in Context (20 mins.)
  2. Sarah Olsen, University of California, Berkeley
    Kinesthetic choreia: Music, Dance, and Memory in Ancient Greece (20 mins.)
  3. John Franklin, University of Vermont
    East Faces of Early Greek Music (20 mins.)
  4. Lauren Curtis, Bard College
    Catullan choreia: Reinventing the Chorus in Roman Poetry (20 mins.)
  5. Daniel Walden, Harvard University
    Musica Prisca Caput: Ancient Greek Music Theory, Vitruvius, and Enharmonicism in Sixteenth-Century Italy (20 mins.)

General discussion (30 mins.)

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session #62
Making Meaning from Data (Joint SCS/AIA Panel)
Organized by the
Digital Classics Association
Neil Coffee, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Organizer

“Big data” is becoming increasingly significant in classics. Archaeologists can now generate vast amounts of digital information. Online repositories for the study of geography, prosopography, poetry, and other areas continue to appear, along with new protocols and tools for exploring them. This panel addresses the changing research environment with presentations that show how we can make meaning from our data, and so develop new and integrated perspectives on the classical world.

  1. Elton Barker, The Open University; Pau de Soto, The University of Southampton; Leif Isaksen, The University of Southampton; and Rainer Simon, The Austrian Institute of Technology
    What Do You Do with a Million Links? (20 mins.)
  2. Marie-Claire Beaulieu, J. Matthew Harrington, and Bridget Almas, Tufts University
    Beyond Rhetoric: the Correlation of Data, Syntax, and Sense in Literary Analysis (20 mins.)
  3. Francesco Mambrini, Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut Berlin, and Marco Passarotti, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan
    Trees into Nets: Network-based Approaches to Ancient Greek Treebanks (20 mins.)
  4. Rachel Opitz, University of Arkansas; James Newhard, College of Charleston; Marcello Mogetta, Freie Universität Berlin; Tyler Johnson, University of Arkansas; Samantha Lash, Brown University; and Matt Naglak, University of Michigan
    Inside-out and Outside-In: Improving and Extending Digital Models for Archaeological Interpretation (20 mins.)
  5. Joseph P. Dexter, Harvard University; Matteo Romanello, Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut Berlin; Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College; Tathagata Dasgupta, Harvard University; and Nilesh Tripuraneni, University of Cambridge
    Enhancing and Extending the Digital Study of Intertextuality (20 mins.)

Neil Coffee, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Respondent (10 mins.)

General discussion (40 mins.)

8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Session #63
Culture and Society in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Egypt
Organized by the American Society of Papyrologists

Todd Hickey, University of California, Berkeley, Organizer

This year’s panel well illustrates the breadth of current papyrological research. It commences with a paper that challenges us, through a careful analysis of Egyptian funerary texts, to rethink our conceptions of translation. This is followed by a novel interpretation of a meletē on a Ptolemaic papyrus that yields an additional source for the suicide of Demosthenes. Socio-historical syntheses of assemblages of documentary texts from the Fayum depression are the object of the third and fourth contributions. The fifth paper moves into the “subliterary,” providing a close reading and contextualization of a Christian amulet. The panel closes with the presentation of a new document from a well-known late antique archive from Oxyrhynchus.

  1. Emily Cole, University of California, Los Angeles
    Translation as a Means of Textual Composition in the Bilingual Funerary Papyri Rhind I and II (25 mins.)
  2. Davide Amendola, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
    The Account of Demosthenes’ Death in P.Berol. inv. 13045 (25 mins.)
  3. Micaela Langellotti, University of California, Berkeley
    Village Elites in Roman Egypt: The Case of First-Century Tebtunis (25 mins.)
  4. W. Graham Claytor and Elizabeth Nabney, University of Michigan
    Child Labor in Greco-Roman Egypt: New Texts from the Archive of Harthotes (25 mins.)
  5. Michael Zellmann-Rohrer, University of California, Berkeley
    A Christian Amulet in Context: Report on a Re-edition and Study of P.Oxy. VIII 1151 (25 mins.)
  6. C. Michael Sampson, University of Manitoba
    A New Text from the Dossier of the Descendants of Flavius Eulogius (20 mins.)

Business Meeting of the American Society of Papyrologists (35 mins.)


11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Session #64
Charioteering and Footracing in the Greek Imaginary

David Potter, The University of Michigan, Presider

Beginning with the funeral games of Patrocles in the Iliad, the image of the chariot and the chariot race has played an important role in Greek thought. The papers in this session explore the history and variation of these images in a number of ancient Greek genres.

  1. E. Christian Kopff, University of Colorado Boulder
    The Race at Aristotle, Rhetoric 3.9.1409a32-34 stadion or diaulos? (20 mins.)
  2. Eric Dodson-Robinson, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
    Medea's Exit: Dramatic Necessity through Inverted Ritual (20 mins.)
  3. Bill Beck, University of Pennsylvania
    The Turning Post and the Finish Line: False Boundaries in the Iliad (20 mins.)
  4. Olga Levaniouk, University of Washington
    Run for Your Life: Footraces, Chariots and the Myth of Hippodameia (20 mins.)

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Session #65
The Intellectual Culture of the Second to Fourth Centuries CE: Christians, Jews, Philosophers, and Sophists

Kristina Ann Meinking, Elon University and Jared Secord, University of Chicago, Organizers

Scholarly perspectives on the intellectual culture of the second through fourth centuries CE vary immensely across the disciplinary boundaries of classics, ancient history, philosophy, and religious studies. This panel unites scholars who work within and between these disciplines to probe for connections and to refine earlier views about the distinctions between their ancient counterparts. How did ancient intellectuals of diverse backgrounds contribute to debates about the legacy of Greek culture? How did they attempt to legitimate themselves in scholarly forums? Ultimately, was there more to unite ancient scholars of different specialties, languages, and religions than there was to divide them?

  1. Allan Georgia, Fordham University
    Style, Posture and Deportment in the Frame Narrative of Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho, a Jew (25 mins.)
  2. Jared Secord, University of Chicago
    Diogenes Laertius and Cross-Cultural Intellectual Debates in the Third Century (25 mins.)
  3. Kristina Ann Meinking, Elon University
    Lactantius’s Plato: Rethinking the Role of Philosophers in De ira Dei (25 mins.)
  4. Matthew Lootens, Fordham University
    Naming God, Defining Heretics, and the Development of a Textual Culture: Gregory of Nyssa and the Eunomian Controversy (25 mins.)

Kendra Eshleman, Boston College
Response (10 mins.)

General discussion (10 mins.)

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Session #66
μᾶλλον καὶ μᾶλλον: How Greek Instruction Can Reach More Students at More Levels

Karen Rosenbecker, Loyola University New Orleans, Organizer

This panel presents four papers focused on models for expanding enrollments in Greek at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The papers discuss strategies for finding alternative niches for Greek within the university structure through the creation of hybrid and distance learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. These papers also touch upon the importance of documenting student progress within individual programs, as well as within the field as a whole, in order to have data for program reviews and assessment, which in turn helps to prove the worth and health of Greek pedagogy at the post-secondary level.

  1. Karen Rosenbecker, Loyola University New Orleans
    Stronger Beginnings: Teaching First-Semester Greek in a Differentiated Classroom (20 mins.)
  2. Lauri Reitzammer and Mitch Pentzer, University of Colorado Boulder
    Beginning Classical Greek Online (20 mins.)
  3. Velvet Yates, University of Florida
    Teaching Graduate-Level Ancient Greek Online (20 mins.)
  4. Albert Wantanabe, Louisiana State University
    The 2014 College Greek Exam (20 mins.)

General discussion (5 mins.)

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Session #67
Profits and Losses in Ancient Greek Warfare

Matthew Trundle, University of Auckland, New Zealand and Michael S. Leese, University of New Hampshire, Organizers

  1. Matthew Trundle, University of Auckland, New Zealand
    Funding Greek Warfare: From Reciprocity and Redistribution to Profit and Wages (20 mins.)
  2. Michael S. Leese, University of New Hampshire
    Athenian Generals: Private Profit and the Problem of Agency (20 mins.)
  3. Ellen Millender, Reed College
    The Perils of Plunder: Sparta’s Uneasy Relationship with the Spoils of War (20 mins.)
  4. Graham Oliver, Brown University
    War, Profit, Loss, and the Hellenistic Greek Polis: A Balance Sheet (20 mins.)

General discussion (20 mins.)

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Session #68
The Classics and Early Anthropology
Organized by the
Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception
Emily Varto, Dalhousie University, Organizer

That anthropology and classics share an intellectual past is clear enough, but the nature of their interaction is neither uniform nor straightforward. In order to develop a nuanced picture, this panel features papers that examine different areas of this interaction in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The panel not only addresses important theories and ideas at their origins (e.g., culture, developmentalism, social evolution, colonialism, linguistic evolution), but also explores how this historical interaction affects current and future classical research, shaping our ideas about classical antiquity and humans in general and informing the methods we employ.

  1. Eliza Gettel, Harvard University
    Culture and Classics: Edward Burnett Tylor and Romanization (20 mins.)
  2. Melissa Funke, University of British Columbia
    Colorblind: The Use of Homeric Greek in Cultural Linguistics (20 mins.)
  3. Franco De Angelis, University of British Columbia
    Anthropology and the Creation of the Classical Other (20 mins.)
  4. Maurizio Bettini, University of Siena and William Short, University of Texas at San Antonio
    Towards a New Comparativism in Classics (20 mins.)

General discussion (20 mins.)

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Session #69
Historia Proxima Poetis: The Intertextual Practices of Historical Poetry

Lauren Donovan Ginsberg, University of Cincinnati, Organizer

Lauren Donovan Ginsberg, University of Cincinnati
Introduction (10 mins.)

  1. Thomas Biggs, University of Georgia
    Quia videtur historiam composuisse, non poema: Roman Epic as Roman History (20 mins.)
  2. Suzanne Abrams-Rebillard, Cornell University
    Gregory of Nazianzus' De vita sua (Poema 2.1.11): Tragedy's Emotion and Historiography (20 mins.)
  3. Salvador Bartera, Mississippi State University and Claire Stocks, Radboud University Nijmegen
    Epic Manipulation: Restructuring Livy’s Hannibalic War in Silius Italicus’ Punica (20 mins.)
  4. Scott Farrington, University of Miami
    Poetry in Polybius: The Source Material of Hellenistic Historiography (20 mins.)

General Discussion (5 mins.)

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Session #70
Greek Shamanism Reconsidered

Vayos Liapis, Open University of Cyprus and Yulia Ustinova, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Organizers

This panel seeks to re-examine the evidence on ‘shamanic figures’ and ‘shamanic phenomena’ in Greece, using new data and/or methods, in particular interdisciplinary and comparative approaches. It deals with such topics as ‘shamanic’ elements in the cult and myth of the Greeks and the Minoans; ‘shamanic’ experiences of Greek thinkers; Greek ‘shamanism’ and poetry; and methodological issues in the study of Greek ‘shamanism.’ Each paper will be followed by 5 minutes of discussion.

Yulia Ustinova, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Introduction (10 mins.)

  1. Parker Bradley Croshaw, Concordia University
    Crossing Over: Greek Shamanism and Indo-European Cosmological Belief (20 mins.)
  2. Caroline Jane Tully, University of Melbourne
    Trance-former/Performer: Shamanic Elements in Late Bronze Age Minoan Cult (20 mins.)
  3. Kenneth Thomas Munro Mackenzie, University of Oxford
    Parmenides’ Proem: Divine Inspiration as a Form of Expression (20 mins.)
  4. Amir Yeruham, Tel Aviv University
    Terpander and the Acoustics of Greek Shamanism (20 mins.)

Vayos Liapis, Open University of Cyprus
Respondent (10 mins.)

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Session #71
Travel, Travelers and Traveling in Late Antique Literary Culture
Organized by the
Society for Late Antiquity
Cam Grey, University of Pennsylvania, Organizer

Narratives of travel underpin a multitude of genres and texts in late antiquity. Our sources also suggest that an extraordinary variety of individuals walked or rode the roads of the Roman world in the period, notwithstanding the dangers that, we are told, attended such travel. The papers in this session engage with a range of different literary texts and material objects to explore questions about the role of travel as a structuring device for authors and their communities to employ, a metaphor for them to access, and a tool for them to use in shaping their individual and collective identities.

Cam Grey, University of Pennsylvania
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Colin Whiting, University of California, Riverside
    Exile and Identity: The Origins of the Luciferian Community (20 mins.)
  2. Alex Petkas, Princeton University
    Philosophy and Travel in the Letters of Synesius (20 mins.)
  3. David Natal Villazala, Austrian Academy of Sciences
    Symbolic Territories: Relic Translation and Aristocratic Competition in Victricius of Rouen (20 mins.)

Edward Watts, University of California, San Diego
Respondent (20 mins.)

General discussion (20 mins.)

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Session #72
Greek and Latin Linguistics
Organized by the
Society for the Study of Greek and Latin Language and Linguistics
Jeremy Rau, Harvard University, Benjamin Fortson, University of Michigan, and Timothy Barnes, Harvard University, Organizers

  1. Anthony Yates, University of California, Los Angeles
    Motivating Osthoff's Law in Latin (20 mins.)
  2. Alexander Dale, New York University
    The Prehistory of Eternity (20 mins.)
  3. Jesse Lundquist, University of California, Los Angeles
    Greek -σι- Abstracts and the Reconstruction of Proterokinetic *-tí- in Proto-Indo-European (20 mins.)
  4. Alexander Nikolaev, Boston University
    Greek εἱαμενή (20 mins.)

General discussion (5 mins.)


1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Session #73
Homer: Poetics and Exegesis

Lillian Doherty, University of Maryland, College Park, Presider

This panel brings together papers that bring philological analysis to bear on larger questions of poetic, thematic, and social significance in the Homeric poems. The wide range of topics includes the structural effects of Homeric formulae, the singular language of Homeric militarism, the significance of spatial relations in the epic, and the thematic importance of Homeric anachronism.

  1. Chiara Bozzone, University of California, Los Angeles
    The Death of Achilles and the Meaning and Antiquity of Formulas in Homer (20 mins.)
  2. Tyler Flatt, Harvard University
    The Limits of Lament: Grief, Consummation, and Homeric Narrative (20 mins.)
  3. John Esposito, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Athena hetairos: The Replacement of Warrior-Companionship in the Odyssey (20 mins.)
  4. Aara Suksi, University of Western Ontario
    The Shield and the Bow: Arms, Authority and Identity in the Iliad and the Odyssey (20 mins.)
  5. George Gazis, Durham University
    The Way to Ithaca Lies Through Hades: Odysseus’ nostos and the Nekyia (20 mins.)
  6. Benjamin Sammons, New York University
    Exegetic Backgrounds to Aristotle’s Homeric Problems (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Session #74
Comedy and Comic Receptions

T. Davina McClain, Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University, Presider

This panel examines capacity of ancient comedy, both Greek and Roman, Old and New, to define itself through dialogue with other literary genres and to adapt itself to new social and historical situations. The material considered ranges from the fifth century BC to the late twentieth century and includes philosophical as well as literary receptions of earlier comedy.

  1. Sebastiana Nervegna, University of Sydney
    Sophocles, Polemon and Fifth-Century Comedy (20 mins.)
  2. Craig Jendza, The Ohio State University
    Paracomic Costuming: Euripides' Helen as a Response to Aristophanes' Acharnians (20 mins.)
  3. Al Duncan, University of Utah
    Boogeymen in the Playwright’s Closet: Mormolukeia, Generic Aesthetics, and Adolescent Outreach in Old Comedy (20 mins.)
  4. Patrick Dombrowski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Spectator Courts: Metatheater and Program in Terence’s Prologues (20 mins.)
  5. Mathias Hanses, Columbia University
    Lucretius at the Ludi: Comedy and Other Drama in Book Four of De rerum natura (20 mins.)
  6. Rodrigo Gonçalves, Universidade Federal do Paraná (Brazil)
    Alfonso Sastre's Los Dioses y los Cuernos (1995) as a Rewriting of Plautus' Amphitruo (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Session #75
War, Slavery, and Society in the Ancient World

Jonathan Edmondson, York University, Presider

The six papers in this panel explore the interconnected themes of warfare and slavery in the classical world, with a particular focus on politics, memory and policy.

  1. David Yates, Millsaps College
    Remembering to Forget: The Battle of Oenoe (20 mins.)
  2. Aaron Beek, University of Minnesota
    The Pirate Connection: Rome’s Servile Wars and Eastern Campaigns (20 mins.)
  3. Grace Gillies, University of California, Los Angeles
    Staging Revolt: Theater in the Sicilian Slave Wars (20 mins.)
  4. Matthieu Abgrall, Stanford University
    Handling Slaves in The Wake of War: A Closer Look at the Roman Slave Supply (20 mins.)
  5. Graeme Ward, McMaster University
    “By Any Other Name” – Disgrace, Defeat and the Loss of Legionary History (20 mins.)
  6. Lee E. Patterson, Eastern Illinois University
    The Armenian Factor in Constantine’s Foreign Policy (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Session #76
Civic Responsibility

Craig Gibson, University of Iowa, Presider

In ancient Greece and Rome all free men were expected to play some role in the political life of the community. Papers in this panel consider different aspects of a citizen’s duties and how best to inculcate the requisite sense of responsibility in the young men of a community.

  1. Mitchell Parks, Bucknell University
    Isocrates’ Letter to Archidamus in its Literary Context (20 mins.)
  2. Mirko Canevaro, The University of Edinburgh
    Demosthenic Influences in Early Rhetorical Education: Hellenistic rhetores and Athenian Imagination (20 mins.)
  3. David J. Riesbeck, Rice University
    Aristotle on Community and Exchange (20 mins.)
  4. David West, Boston University
    The Rhetoric of Cicero's laudatio sapientiae: De Legibus 1.58-62 (20 mins.)
  5. Lydia Spielberg, University of Pennsylvania
    Non ut historicum sed ut oratorem: The contio and Sallust’s Historiography (20 mins.)
  6. Craig Gibson, University of Iowa
    Artistic License and Civic Responsibility in Greek and Roman Declamation (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Session #77
Innovative Encounters between Ancient Religious Traditions

Peter Struck, University of Pennsylvania, Presider

Despite the ancient understanding of the long and unchanging tradition that lay behind their religious traditions, modern scholars are more and more appreciative of the constant role of innovation in Greek religion, especially in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The papers in this session look at a series of encounters between the old, for example, Adam or Plato’s Myth of Er, and the new, embodied by the wildly innovative worship of Isis in the Roman period or the Christians in Late-Antiquity.

  1. Kirk R. Sanders, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Why Was Socrates Charged with “Introducing Religious Innovations”? (20 mins.)
  2. Frederick E. Brenk, Pontifical Biblical Institute
    Animals and Worship in the Temple of Isis at Pompeii (20 mins.)
  3. Timothy Heckenlively, Baylor University
    Constantine on the “Rise” of Adam (20 mins.)
  4. Thomas Miller, Deep Springs College
    Monica as Socrates in Augustine's Confessions, Book 9 (20 mins.)
  5. Byron MacDougall, Brown University
    How to Read Isis: Apuleius and Plato’s Myth of Er (20 mins.)
  6. Jon Solomon, University of Illinois
    Josephus and Judah Ben-Hur (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Session #78
Ancient Books: Material and Discursive Interactions

William Johnson, Duke University, Presider

As in other humanistic disciplines, so in Classics the materiality of texts has been a major area of new research for some years now. These papers draw together some of the most important perspectives on textual materialism, including fundamental research and speculative hermeneutic approaches to primary sources, and considerations of both literal and symbolic texts in social and educational contexts.

  1. Richard Janko, University of Michigan
    New Readings in the Derveni Papyrus (20 mins.)
  2. Christopher Brunelle, St. Olaf College
    Alexander's Persian Pillow (20 mins.)
  3. James Patterson, University of Texas at Austin
    The Hippocratic Critical Days: Texts and Education in Greek Late Antiquity (20 mins.)
  4. Justin Stover, University of Oxford
    A New Work by Apuleius (20 mins.)
  5. Timothy Haase, Wheaton College
    A “Performative” Lacuna in Petronius’s Affair of Circe and Encolpius (Satyricon 132.1-2) (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Session #79
Language and Linguistics: Lexical, Syntactical, and Philosophical Aspects

Brian Krostenko, University of Notre Dame, Presider

These papers apply linguistic criteria to the study of Greek and Latin texts across a wide variety of periods and genres to support a variety of lexical, stylistic, and more broadly discursive arguments.

  1. Hans Bork, University of California, Los Angeles
    Not-So-Impersonal Passives in Plautus (20 mins.)
  2. Robert Groves, University of Arizona
    The Semantic Evolution of Δίγλωσσος (20 mins.)
  3. Coulter George, University of Virginia
    All in a δή’s work: Discourse-cohesive δή in Herodotus’ Thermopylae Narrative (20 mins.)
  4. Luke Parker, University of Chicago
    Listening to the logos: harmonia and Syntax in Heraclitus (20 mins.)
  5. Charles George, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Dialectic and Proof in Topics 1.2 (20 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Session #80
Vergil, Elegy, and Epigram
Organized by the
Vergilian Society
Richard F. Thomas, Harvard University, Organizer

  1. Aaron Seider, College of the Holy Cross
    Poetic Constraints: Gallus and the Limits of Generic Exploration in the Eclogues (15 mins.)
  2. Amy Leonard, Dacula High School
    Vergil and Propertius: Literary Influence and Genre (15 mins.)
  3. Michael Tueller, Arizona State University
    Dido, Epigram, and Authorship, before and after the Aeneid (15 mins.)
  4. Deborah Beck, University of Texas at Austin
    Elegy and Epic in the Aeneid (15 mins.)
  5. Sarah McCallum, Harvard University
    Elegiac amor and mors in Vergil’s ‘Italian Aeneid’ (15 mins.)

Julia Hejduk, Baylor University
Response (10 mins.)

1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Session #81
Between Fact and Fiction in Ancient Biographical Writing
Organized by the
International Plutarch Society
Jeffrey Beneker, The University of Wisconsin–Madison and Rex Stem, University of California, Davis, Organizers

  1. Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, University of Texas at Austin
    Death by a Thousand Sources: Biographical Fragmentation and Authorial inventio in Livy’s AUC (20 mins.)
  2. Eran Almagor, Independent Scholar
    The Use and Abuse of History: Xenophon and Plutarch’s Lives Revisited (20 mins.)
  3. Molly Pryzwansky, Duke University and North Carolina State University
    The Art of Suetonius’ Nero: Focus, (In)Consistency and Character (20 mins.)
  4. Irene Peirano Garrison, Yale University
    Between Biography and Commentary: The Ancient Horizon of Expectations of Vergil’s Vita (20 mins.)
  5. Yvona Trnka-Amrhein, Harvard University
    Returning to Novelistic Biography with Sesonchosis (20 mins.)