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8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Myth and History in Early Imperial Latin Poetry

  1. Jessica Seidman, University of Chicago
    Historical and Literary Memory in Caesar's Tiger Simile (Lucan BC 1.324-335) (20 mins.)
  2. Christopher L. Caterine, University of Virginia
    Echoes of Alexander in Lucan's "Bellum Civile" (20 mins.)
  3. Virginia M. Closs, University of Pennsylvania
    Fear of Falling: Phaethon Figurations in Early Imperial Poetry (20 mins.)
  4. Joy E. Reeber, University of Arkansas
    Quisquis is est
    : the "Ibis" in Ibis (20 mins.)
  5. Nandini B. Pandey, Loyola University Maryland
    The Triumph Motif in Ovid’s Exile Poetry: Reclaiming Imperial Subjecthood on the Margins of Empire (20 mins.)

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Ideology, Dramaturgy, and Textuality in Greek Tragedy

  1. Amit Shilo, New York University
    Clytemnestra’s Ghost: Image and Afterlife in the Oresteia (20 mins.)
  2. Arum Park, Brigham Young University
    The Gendering of Truth in Two Aeschylean Passages (20 mins.)
  3. Victoria Wohl, University of Toronto
    Dramatic Means and Ideological Ends in Euripides’ Ion (20 mins.)
  4. Anastasia Bakogianni, The Open University
    Electra in Crisis: Performing Sophocles’ Tragedy on the Contemporary London Stage (2011) (20 mins.)
  5. E. Christian Kopff, University of Colorado at Boulder
    The Colometry of Finglass and Sophocles' Manuscript L (20 mins.)

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Thematics and Narratology of Greek Historiography

  1. Karen Bassi, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Croesus' Offerings and the Value of the Past in Herodotus' Histories (20 mins.)
  2. Anthony Ellis, University of Edinburgh
    Religious Discourses in Herodotus' Histories (20 mins.)
  3. Daniel Tober, Princeton University
    Greek Local Historiography and its Audiences (20 mins.)
  4. Peter Morton, University of Edinburgh
    Narrative complexity in Diodorus Siculus: Eunus' narrative in the First Sicilian Slave War (20 mins.)

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Problems in Greek and Roman Economic History

  1. Andrew Foster, Fordham University
    Medias the Risk Manager: The Trierarchy and Consortial Finance (20 mins.)
  2. Ephraim Lytle, University of Toronto
    From Farmers into Sailors: Athenian Triremes, Kean Μίλτος and Traditional Greek Agriculture (20 mins.)
  3. Michael S. Leese, University of Michigan
    Aphanes wealth: a barrier to long-term economic development in Ancient Greece? (20 mins.)
  4. Thomas N. Winter, University of Nebraska
    Caesar's War Business (20 mins.)
  5. Caroline Wazer, Columbia University
    Imperial Economic Policy as History in the Historia Augusta, from Septimius Severus to Severus Alexander (20 mins.)

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


New Adventures in Greek Pedagogy

Wilfred E. Major, Louisiana State University, Organizer

The papers on this panel each offer guidance and new directions for teaching beginning and intermediate Greek. First is a report on the 2012 College Greek Exam. Following are a new way to teach Greek accents, and a new way to sequence declensions, tenses and conjugations in beginning classes. Then we get a look at a reader in development that makes authentic ancient texts accessible to beginning students, and finally a way to make sight reading the standard method of reading in intermediate Greek classes.

  1. Albert Watanabe, Louisiana State University
    The 2012 College Greek Exam (15 mins.)
  2. Wilfred E. Major, Louisiana State University
    A Better Way to Teach Greek Accents (15 mins.)
  3. Byron Stayskal, Western Washington University
    Sequence and Structure in Beginning Greek (15 mins.)
  4. Georgia L. Irby, The College of William and Mary
    A Little Greek Reader: Teaching Grammar and Syntax with Authentic Greek (15 mins.)
  5. Christopher Francese, Dickinson College
    Greek Core Vocabulary Acquisition: A Sight Reading Approach (15 mins.)

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Islamic and Arabic Receptions of Classical Literature

Organized by the APA Classical Tradition and Reception Committee

Paul Kimball, Bilkent University, Organizer

This panel examines the Arabic reception of Classical texts as an active process of creative production, not simply as a vehicle for preserving and transmitting lost or better witnesses of Greek originals. The contributions underline the need for an essentially contextual and historical approach to the adaptation and translation of Classical sources, taking into account the precise frames informing the appropriation of ancient material for specific constituencies and audiences. At the same time, our panel questions the degree to which "Islam" as such can explain these processes of selection, rejection, and/or modification. We hope that our discussion will help in understanding other cultural receptions as well.

Paul Kimball, Bilkent University
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Paul Dilley, University of Iowa
    Homer Christianus: From Egypt to the Abbāsid Court (20 mins.)
  2. Aileen Das, University of Warwick
    Rewriting the Demiurge: Galen's Synopis of Timaeus and Ex Nihilo Creation (20 mins.)
  3. Anna Izdebska, University of Warsaw
    The Image of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in the Greco-Arabic and Arabic Histories of Philosophy (20 mins.)
  4. Kevin van Bladel, University of Southern California
    The Sunna of the Philosophers in the Works of Abū Bakr al-Rāzī (20 mins.)
  5. Terri DeYoung, University of Washington
    Respondent (15 mins.)

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Roman Comedy in Performance (Workshop)

Timothy J. Moore, Washington University in St. Louis, Organizer

Sharon L. James, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Organizer

This workshop presents the results of a 2012 NEH Summer Institute entitled "Roman Comedy in Performance,” in which participants produced videos of scenes from Plautus and Terence using a variety of approaches (e.g., the same scene was performed in Latin and in English, with or without masks or musical accompaniment, farcically or seriously). Participants and the Institute's directors will discuss how the videos were made, show some of the videos, and demonstrate through live performance how different performance choices affect interpretation. Attendees will also perform one scene and consider how performance choices help to determine meaning and effect.

  1. Timothy J Moore, Washington University in St. Louis
  2. Sharon L. James, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Going Green: The Emergence of Bucolic in Augustan Rome

Jeffrey M. Hunt, Baylor University, Organizer

Alden Smith, Baylor University, Organizer

In the first century, literary bucolic was still a relatively recent development and ripe for innovation among the Augustan poets. This panel explores the reception of bucolic in the Augustan period both as full-fledged genre and its incorporation into other genres. Panelists will consider especially how the Augustans adapt the largely apolitical bucolic they inherited to address contemporary political issues and problematize the traditional innocence of the bucolic countryside.

  1. Deanna Wesolowski, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Eclogue 5 and the New Bucolic Tradition (15 mins.)
  2. Ricardo Apostol, Case Western Reserve University
    Urbanus es, Corydon: Ecocriticizing Town and Country in Vergil Eclogue 2 (15 mins.)
  3. Kristen Ehrhardt, John Carroll University
    The Bucolic Symposium: Issues of Place and Genre in Horace’s Odes 1:17 (15 mins.)
  4. Raymond Kania, University of California, Berkeley
    Speech and Song in Virgilian Bucolic (15 mins.)
  5. Tara Welch, University of Kansas
    Decline and Nostalgia in the Augustan Age (15 mins.)

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Culture and Society in Greek, Roman, and Early Byzantine Egypt

Organized by the American Society of Papyrologists

Todd Hickey, University of California, Berkeley, Organizer

This year’s panel furnishes a nice snapshot of current papyrological research. The first paper concerns an exciting new application of crowd-sourcing technology to the massive collection of Oxyrhynchus papyri. Our second contribution reconstructs and reinterprets a recently published allegorical-astrological text that deploys both Homer and Hesiod. The final two papers present innovative socio-cultural syntheses—concerning women and the law and the late antique military, respectively—of the kind for which the papyrological corpus is so eminently suitable.

  1. James Brusuelas, University of Oxford
    Ancient Lives: Greek Texts, Papyrology and Artificial Intelligence (15 mins.)
  2. Michael Haslam, University of California, Los Angeles
    Homer and Hesiod in P.Oxy. 4648: Reconstruction and Interpretation (20 mins.)
  3. Graham Claytor, University of Michigan
    Women’s Petitions in Later Roman Egypt: Survey and Case Studies (15 mins.)
  4. Anna Kaiser, Universität Wien
    Outsourcing Army Duties: Foederati in Late Roman Egypt (20 mins.)

8:30 AM – 11:30 AM


The Cultural Dynamics of Ancient Empires (Seminar-Advance Registration Required)

John Weisweiler, University of Chicago, Organizer

This seminar will highlight the role of ideology as an integrative force in the aristocratic empires of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. Encompassing the Roman, Late Roman and Sasanian empires, it will explore how imperial élites conceptualized their place within a global world order. The seminar, consisting of discussion of three pre-circulated papers, will inaugurate a multi-year project on the comparative cultural history of the empires of late-iron-age Eurasia.

John Weisweiler, University of Chicago and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg
Introduction (20 mins.)

  1. Myles Lavan, University of St. Andrews, UK
    The Ecumenical Rhetoric of the Early Roman Principate (40 mins.)
  2. John Weisweiler, University of Chicago and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg
    Virtue, Cosmopolitanism and the Self-Understandings of the Late Roman Aristocracy (40 mins.)
  3. Richard Payne, Mount Holyoke College and Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York
    An Empire of Dynasties: Imagining Aristocratic Power in an Iranian Imperial Order (40 mins.)
  4. Plenum
    General Discussion (40 mins.)

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM


Sencea, Thyestes: Ethics, Theatricality, and the Passions

  1. Laury A. Ward, Hillsdale College
    The Act of Viewing Within and Without Seneca’s Thyestes (20 mins.)
  2. Ursula M. Poole, Columbia University
    The Incarnation of the Stoic Passions in Seneca’s Thyestes (20 mins.)
  3. Eric Dodson-Robinson, West Chester University
    The Contagio of Ethical Agency in Seneca’s Thyestes (20 mins.)
Gareth Williams, Columbia University
Respondent (20 mins.)

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM


Classical Presences in Modern and Contemporary Music, Cinema, and Poetry

  1. Zara M Torlone, Miami University
    Russian Meliboeus: Joseph Brodsky in Arcadia (20 mins.)
  2. Katharine E. Piller, University of California, Los Angeles
    Reinventing the Arena: A Neronian Presence in The Hunger Games (20 mins.)
  3. Hardy C. Fredricksmeyer, University of Colorado at Boulder
    Oedipus Rex and Memento Meet the Sophists Halfway (20 mins.)
  4. Susanna Braund, University of British Columbia
    The Strange Case of the Latin Libretto to Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex (20 mins.)

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM


Rhetoric in Cicero and the Ciceronian Tradition

  1. Joseph A. DiLuzio, Baylor University
    Cicero's First Verrine and the Role of Shame in the Roman Courts (20 mins.)
  2. John N. Dillon, Peking University
    Inventing Sacrilege: The Misrepresentation of Religion in Cicero's Verrine Orations (20 mins.)
  3. Timothy J. Phin, The Johns Hopkins University/University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Quintilian the Unteacher (20 mins.)

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM


Technologies of Time and Memory

  1. Paul A. Iversen, Case Western Reserve University
    The Antikythera Mechanism and the Corinthian Family of Calendars (20 mins.)
  2. Kevin Funderburk, University of Pennsylvania
    Divine Birthdays and Family Obligations in Roman Egypt (20 mins.)
  3. Simeon D. Ehrlich, Stanford University
    Epitaphs Recording the Hour of Death as Horoscopes of the Afterlife (20 mins.)
  4. Alison Jeppesen-Wigelsworth, Red Deer College
    Aurelia Philematium and Maria Auxesis: Kept Women or Wives? (20 mins.)

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM


Appearance and Reality in the Ancient Novelistic Discourse

  1. Steven D. Smith, Hofstra University
    Aspasia and Callirhoe: Greek Women in the East (20 mins.)
  2. Bruce D. MacQueen, University of Gdansk
    Transgression in Longus’s Daphnis and Chloe (20 mins.)
  3. Robert L. Cioffi, Harvard University
    The Boy Who Cried Wolf: Longos, Mimesis, and the Pastoral Tradition (20 mins.)
  4. Ashli J. E. Baker, Colgate University
    Does clothing make the man or does it make the man an impostor?: Costume and identity in Apuleius' Metamorphoses, Florida, and Apology (20 mins.)

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM


Themes of Roman Historiography

  1. Andriy Fomin, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
    Wisdom Expressions (gnomai) in Dio Cassius (20 mins.)
  2. Jaime Volker, University of Washington
    No Mercy for Tiberius? Clementia in Velleius Paterculus' Historiae (20 mins.)
  3. Peter J. Blandino, Boston University
    Laetitia and Libertas in Livy's First Pentad (20 mins.)

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM


Literary Theory in Graduate and Undergraduate Classics Curricula

Organized by the APA Education Committee

Nigel Nicholson, Reed College, Organizer

Literary theory has long been a significant element in Classical scholarship, but there is little agreement among programs on how theory should be taught or how central it should be to a Classicist’s training. This panel will open a discussion about how literary theory is and can be integrated into both undergraduate and graduate curricula by interrogating some current approaches: teaching theory within traditional genre or author classes, dedicating whole classes to theory within a Classics department, whether at the graduate or undergraduate level, and collaborating with other departments or tapping into courses taught in other programs.

  1. Nigel Nicholson, Reed College
    Literary Theory Survey Classes for Classics Undergraduates (15 mins.)
  2. Christopher van den Berg, Amherst College
    Using Team-Teaching to Make Theory Central to the Undergraduate Curriculum (15 mins.)
  3. Leslie Kurke, University of California, Berkeley
    A Dedicated Theory Class for Graduate Students (15 mins.)

  4. Matthew Roller, Johns Hopkins University
    Teaching “Theory” in Topical Graduate Seminars (15 mins.)

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM


The Discourse of Marriage in Hellenistic and Imperial Literature

Organized by the International Plutarch Society

Jeffrey Beneker, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Organizer
Georgia Tsouvala, Illinois State University, Organizer

This panel examines the theme of marriage in Plutarch and in the wider literary tradition of the late Hellenistic through the early Imperial periods. The panel’s presenters aim to explore “the discourse of marriage” from a variety of perspectives, seeking not only to understand Plutarch’s writings but also the sources and the traditions with which he engaged. To this end, the papers examine the poetic tradition represented by Theocritus, Catullus, and Statius; literary representations of the ritual of Roman marriage; and Hebrew wisdom literature.

  1. Paolo Di Meo, University "G. d'Annunzio" of Chieti-Pescara
    Plutarch's Coniugalia Praecepta and the Tradition of the Poetic Epithalamium (20 mins.)
  2. Lisa Feldkamp, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Father Knows Best: Plutarch and Ben Sira on Marriage (20 mins.)
  3. Karen Klaiber Hersch, Temple University
    A Union of Hearts? Ritual and Plutarch's Coniugalia Praecepta (20 mins.)
  4. Katarzyna Jazdzewska, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
    The Husband-Loving Kingfisher: Plutarch on Marriage, Marital Virtues, and Animals (20 mins.)

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM


Current Research in Neo-Latin Studies

Organized by the American Association for Neo-Latin Studies

Frank Coulson, The Ohio State University, Organizer

  1. Johanna Luggin, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies
    Discovering the Peak: A Philological Approach to Thomas Hobbes's De mirabilibus pecci (20 mins.)
  2. Frederick J. Booth, Seton Hall University
    The Pope, the Pole, and the Bison: Nicolaus Hussovianus’ De statura, feritate ac venatione bisontis Carmen (20 mins.)
  3. Gabriel L. Fuchs, The Ohio State University
    A Polish poet in Ovidian exile: Janicki’s Tristium Liber 1 and Ovid’s Tristia 1.1 (20 mins.)
  4. Akihiko Watanabe, Otsuma Women’s University
    The Jesuit Seminary and Japanese Latinists in the 16th to 17th Century (20 mins.)

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Technical and Symbolic Language in Ancient Philosophy

  1. Kirk R. Sanders, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    The Shifting Sense of “self-sufficiency” in Aristotle’s Account of Happiness (20 mins.)
  2. Matthew P. Vieron, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Reading Atomic Intertextuality in Lucretius (20 mins.)
  3. Thomas M. Cirillo, University of Southern California
    The Stoics and Anatomical Language (20 mins.)
  4. Matthijs H. Wibier, University of St. Andrews
    Ulpian’s Definition of Justice and the Philosophical Tradition (20 mins.)

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Pindar's Thoughtworld

  1. Kathryn A. Morgan, University of California, Los Angeles
    Nestor, Sarpedon, and Counterfactual Narrative in Pindar’s Pythian 3 (20 mins.)
  2. Ian C. Rutherford, University of Reading
    Pindar On the Sources of the Nile. A Neglected Pindaric Fragment and its Cultural and Religious Contexts (20 mins.)
  3. Monessa F. Cummins, Grinnell College
    Praise of the Victor and his Maternal Relatives in Pindar's Nemean 5 (20 mins.)

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Canon Formation and Intellectual History

  1. Carl Shaw, New College of Florida
    Komos-song, Euripides' Alcestis, and the Decline of Satyr Drama (20 mins.)
  2. Jackie Murray, Skidmore College
    Against the Historical Validity of the So-called List of Alexandrian Librarians in P.Oxy. X 1241 (20 mins.)
  3. Matt Cohn, University of Michigan
    When the Demos Ruled: Free Speech and Democratic Values in Ancient Histories of Comedy (20 mins.)
  4. Christopher M Kuipers, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Reopening the Closure of ‘Canon’: Tracing the Classical and Early Judeo-Christian Conceptual Polysystem (20 mins.)
  5. Rebecca A. Sears, University of Michigan
    The Musical Culture of Roman Egypt (20 mins.)

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Problems in Greek Legal History

  1. Jason Hawke, Roanoke College
    The Drerian Law on Kosmoi (Ml 2): Cui Bono? (20 mins.)
  2. Domingo Avilés, Simon Fraser University
    Athenian methods of Statutory Interpretation (20 mins.)
  3. Alex K. Schiller, Independent Scholar
    Athenian Eugeneia and Matrilineal Transmission of Gentilitas (20 mins.)
  4. Zachary R. Herz, Columbia University/ Yale Law School
    Matricide as Mistrial: Legal Procedure in Euripides' Electra (20 mins.)
  5. Robert Nichols, Indiana University
    Restraint and its Rewards: The Rhetoric of timōria in Demosthenes’ Against Meidias (Dem. 21) (20 mins.)

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Eros and Generic Enrichment

  1. Sarah L. McCallum, University of Toronto
    Crimen, Amor, Vestrum
    : Elegiac Amor and Mors in the Metamorphosis of Cycnus (Verg. A. 10.185-193) (20 mins.)
  2. John H. Henkel, Georgetown College
    Gallan Elegy in the Narrative Frame of Eclogue 10 (20 mins.)
  3. Donncha O'Rourke, University of Edinburgh
    Love and Strife in Lucretius and the Elegists (20 mins.)
  4. Katherine Lu, University of Michigan
    Heracles and Erotic Failure in Apollonius' Argonautica (20 mins.)

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Bodies in Motion: Contemporary Approaches to Choral Performance

Organized by the APA Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance

Marianne Hopman, Northwestern University, Organizer
Francesca Schironi, University of Michigan, Organizer

The Greek chorus’ combination of text, music, and dancing has recently generated much creative interest. This panel consists of five papers that analyze the use of choral bodies in contemporary productions of Greek drama. Drawing on case studies from Poland, the U.S., and Iran, the panelists discuss (and occasionally document in visuals) such issues as the re-interpretation of ancient choruses through contemporary media, the relation between language and choral movements, and the possible meanings and ideologies (artistic, political, social, economic) conveyed by choral ensembles on the contemporary stage.

  1. Simon Perris, Victoria University of Wellington
    Translating the Greek Chorus: Choral Performance and Poetic Performance (20 mins.)
  2. Dorota Dutsch, University of California, Santa Barbara
    From Gardzienice to Athens: Unpacking Staniewski’s Ideology (20 mins.)
  3. Alison Traweek, University of Pennsylvania
    Flipping Greek Tragedy: The Hip Hop Chorus (20 mins.)
  4. Viviane Sophie Klein, Boston University
    Imagining and Imaging the Chorus: A Study of the Physicality, Movement, and Composition of the Chorus in A.R.T.’s Ajax (20 mins.)
  5. Katie Billotte, Freie Universität Berlin
    Dancing Philoctetes in Tehran: The “(Un)Dancing” Chorus in Raúl Valles and Afshin Ghaffarian’s Lemnos (20 mins.)
  6. General Discussion (25 mins.)
    Marianne Hopman and Francesca Schironi, Moderators

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Binding Spells Abound: New Tools for the Comprehensive Study of Graeco-Roman Curse Tablets (Workshop)

T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, Wake Forest University, Organizer

Werner Riess, Universität Hamburg, and Zinon Papakonstantinou, University of Illinois at Chicago, additional organizers

For the modern scholar interested in ancient magic, sources and resources are often disparate, disunified, and even dissatisfactory. This workshop treats one subfield of ancient magic—curse tablets, defixiones—and addresses the challenges, opportunities, and new scholarly initiatives in their study, with a particular focus on two in-progress international projects that collect extant tablets in unprecedented and useful formats: an in-progress online database of Greek and Latin curses, and an in-progress book project that collects, collates published textual variants of, and translates all extant Attic defixiones from all periods, classical through Roman.

T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, Wake Forest University
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. Werner Riess, Universität Hamburg
    Where Are We Now? The State of Research on Ancient Magic (15 mins.)
  2. Zinon Papakonstantinou, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Legal Binding Curses from Classical Athens (15 mins.)
  3. Kirsten Jahn, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
    A New Electronic Infrastructure for Research on the Curse Tablets (15 mins.)
  4. T.H.M Gellar-Goad, Wake Forest University
    A New Comprehensive Bilingual Source Reader of Attic Curse Tablets (15 mins.)

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Campanian Cultures: Poetics, Location and Identity

Ian D. Fielding, University of Warwick, Organizer

Carole E. Newlands, University of Colorado Boulder, Organizer

In the ancient world, the region of Campania in west central Italy was an important center of literary activity, in which many notable classical authors composed and set their works. This panel examines how the distinctive culture and landscape of Campania shaped, and was itself shaped by, those works of literature. All papers will address, to some extent, Campania’s relationship with Rome and the wider Mediterranean world. More specific questions to be explored include: the Campanian identities of particular Latin poets; the changing significance of specific locations within Campania; and the interaction of literature with other forms of cultural practice.

  1. Ian Goh, University of Cambridge
    Lucilius the Campanian Satirist (20 mins.)
  2. Amy Leonard, The Walker School, Marietta GA
    From Otium to Imperium: Propertius and Augustus at Baiae (20 mins.)
  3. Peter Knox, University of Colorado Boulder
    Ovid in the House of Octavius Quartio (20 mins.)
  4. Antony Augoustakis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Campanian Politics and Poetics in Silius Italicus' Punica (20 mins.)
  5. Catherine Connors, University of Washington
    In the Land of the Giants: Greek and Roman Discourses on Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields (20 mins.)

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Letters in Late Antiquity

Organized by the Society for Late Antiquity

Noel Lenski, University of Colorado, Boulder, Organizer

We are fortunate to have more letters and letter collections from Late Antiquity than from the rest of Greco-Roman antiquity combined. These offer a wealth of information on personal relations, political alliances, and religious concerns. They also open a broad window onto the literary ambitions of their authors, reflecting as they do the power this genre exerted over the formation of literary personae and their performance on the cultural stage. This panel will explore why this form of expression suited the late antique world so well and what these letters and letter collections have to teach us.

  1. Raffaella Cribiore, New York University
    Letters versus Orations: A Question of Genre (15 mins.)
  2. Zachary Yuzwa, Cornell University
    Reading Genre in Sulpicius Severus’ Letters (15 mins.)
  3. Jonathan McLaughlin, University of Michigan
    Bridging the Cultural Divide? Letters between Civilian and Military Elites in the Fourth Century (15 mins.)
  4. Adam Schor, University of South Carolina
    Enter the Bishop: Late Roman Epistolary Networks and the Effects of Clerical Office (15 mins.)
  5. Scott Bradbury, Smith College
    Patronage and Networking in Libanius’ Letters (15 mins.)

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Historiography, Poetry, and the Intertext (Seminar—Advance Registration Required)
Effective December 7, 2012, this seminar is full, and registrations will no longer be accepted.

Christina S. Kraus, Yale University, Organizer

This is the third seminar in an informal APA series on the operation and understanding of intertexuality. The papers explore in tandem the question of the intertextual relationships between poetry and prose, and those between prose and historiography. Do different assumptions, problems, and methodologies still operate in the two fields of prose and poetry? Is historiography, which claims to represent lived experience, really a special case? How should we understand historiography's engagement with and resistance to the figure of the real world, which the historical text offers up both as something stable and as wholly a matter of perception?

Christina S. Kraus, Yale University
Introduction (5 mins.)

  1. William Batstone, The Ohio State University
    Sallust, Kristeva, and Intertextual Prosaics (10 mins.)
  2. Jane D. Chaplin, Middlebury College
    Alluding to Reality: Towards an Typology of Historiographical Intertextuality (10 mins.)
  3. Andrew M. Feldherr, Princeton University
    Cicero, Catiline, and Sallust (10 mins.)
  4. Jacqueline M Elliott, University of Colorado at Boulder
    Ennius’ Annales and Allusion in the Roman Historiographical Tradition (10 mins.)
  5. Alain M Gowing, University of Washington
    Respondent (15 mins.)

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM


Jeffrey Henderson, Boston University, Presider

  1. Lowell Edmunds, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    The Song of Ares and Aphrodite (Od. 8) (20 mins.)
  2. David Konstan, Brown University and New York University
    Humor and Homer: Wit in the Epic Cycle (20 mins.)
  3. Jeffrey Rusten, Cornell University
    Zeus komoidos: the Roles of Zeus from Cratinus to Lucian (20 mins.)
  4. Alan Shapiro, The Johns Hopkins University
    The Birth of Helen on the Comic Stage (20 mins.)