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8:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Late Antique Literary Culture: Rome, Byzantium, and Beyond

  1. Alberto Rigolio, University of Oxford
    Syriac translations of secular Greek literature: Isocrates, Plutarch, Lucian and Themistius (20 mins.)
  2. Stephen M. Trzaskoma, University of New Hampshire
    The Late Antique and Early Byzantine Readership of Achilles Tatius (20 mins.)
  3. John P. Mulhall, College of William and Mary
    Encomiastic Origins: Atypical Praise in the Suda's Article on Adam (20 mins.)
  4. Robin E. McGill, Wheaton College
    Between Scylla and Charybdis: Christological Polemic in Sedulius’ Paschale Carmen (20 mins.)

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Problems of Flavian Poetics

  1. Patricia Larash, Boston University
    Reading for Earinus in Martial, Book 9 (20 mins.)
  2. Christopher A. Parrott, College of the Holy Cross
    Hesperia thule
    : The Changing World Map in Statius’ Silvae (20 mins.)
  3. Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College
    The Disappearance of the Divine in Statius’ Thebaid (20 mins.)
  4. Kathleen Coleman, Harvard University
    Capturing the Flavian Aesthetic: A Child Puts Words into the Mouth of Zeus

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Greek Myth, Ritual, and Religion

  1. Marcel A. Widzisz, University of Houston
    Has Pollution been Exorcized from the Anthesteria? A Case of Evidence and Methodology (20 mins.)
  2. Jeremy McInerney, University of Pennsylvania
    Bouphonia: Killing Cattle on the Acropolis (20 mins.)
  3. Adam C. Rappold, The Ohio State University
    An Archaeology of Myth: Erichthonius, Erechtheus, and the Construction of Athenian Identity (20 mins.)
  4. Greta Hawes, University of Bristol
    Why Palaiphatos Matters: The Value of a Mythographical Curiosity (20 mins.)
  5. Matthew Simonton, University of California, Berkeley
    The Burial of Brasidas and the Politics of Greek Hero-Cult (20 mins.)

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Teaching History and Classics with Inscriptions

Organized by the APA Committee on Ancient History

Georgia Tsouvala, Illinois State University, Organizer

Inscriptions are one of the main literary sources for studying and reconstructing the history and culture of an ancient civilization. While epigraphists are responsible for reconstructing, translating, and dating an inscription, and for finding any relevant circumstances, historians determine and interpret the events recorded in the inscription. Often epigraphy and history, or epigraphy and classics are skills and fields practiced by the same person.

This panel will demonstrate the accessibility and importance of epigraphy to non-specialists. The presentations will consider both Greek and Latin epigraphy and will discuss successful methods for incorporating inscriptions into history, civilization, language, and literature courses.

Georgia Tsouvala, Illinois State University
Introduction (10 mins.)

  1. Glenn Bugh, Virginia Tech
    Hellenistic Inscriptions: When History Fails Us (20 mins.)
  2. Joseph Day, Wabash College
    The Lithic Muse: Inscribed Greek Poetry in the Classroom (20 mins.)
  3. Tom Elliott, ISAW, New York University
    Digital Epigraphic Resources for Research and Teaching (20 mins.)
  4. John Bodel, Brown University
    Teaching (with) Epigraphy in the Digital Age (20 mins.)
  5. Robert Pitt, British School at Athens
    Respondent (15 mins.)

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Teaching Classical Reception Studies

Stephen Harrison, University of Oxford, Organizer

  1. Emily Greenwood, Yale University
    Where Does Classical Reception Study Lead? (10 mins.)
  2. Judith P. Hallett, University of Maryland
    Integrating Classical Receptions into the Latin Language and Literature Curriculum (10 mins.)
  3. Monica S. Cyrino, University of New Mexico
    Teaching Classics and Film: Opportunities and Challenges (10 mins.)
  4. Sara Monoson, Northwestern University
    Should We Teach Classical Receptions Outside of Classics and If So, How? (10 mins.)
  5. Stephen Harrison, University of Oxford
    Teaching Classical Reception in the UK Context – the Oxford Experience (10 mins.)

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Sexual Labor in the Ancient World

Organized by the Women's Classical Caucus

Allison Glazebrook, Brock University, Organizer

The female prostitute is an important locus for the study of women, gender and sexuality and the study of sexual labor more broadly connects to social, cultural, legal and economic history, revealing much about gender relations, attitudes towards sexuality, and the urban landscape of ancient cities. This panel explores the types of sexual labor and its associated terminology, the connections between sexual labor and gender and/or the body, between sexual laborers and social/legal status in the ancient world using literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence.

  1. Serena S. Witzke, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Harlots, Tarts, and Hussies: A Crisis of Terminology for “Sex Labor” (15 mins.)
  2. Mira Green, University of Washington
    Witnesses and Participants in the Shadows: The Sexual Lives of Enslaved Women and Boys in Ancient Rome (15 mins.)
  3. Mireille Lee, Vanderbilt University
    Other “Ways of Seeing”: Hetairai as Viewers of the Knidian Aphrodite (15 mins.)
  4. Sarah Levin-Richardson, University of San Diego
    The Archaeology of Social Relationships in Pompeii’s Brothel (15 mins.)
  5. Deborah Kamen, University of Washington
    Apo tou sômatos ergasia: Investigating the Labor of Prostitutes in the Delphic Manumission Inscriptions (15 mins.)
  6. Max L. Goldman, Vanderbilt University
    The Auletrides and Prostitution (15 mins.)

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM


The Next Generation: Papers by Undergraduate Classics Students

Organized by Eta Sigma Phi

Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Monmouth College, Organizer

Eta Sigma Phi, the national classics honorary society for undergraduate students of Latin and Greek, offers this panel showcasing the scholarship of undergraduate classics students. Papers deal with a variety of aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman world and the reception of classical culture in modern times. An established scholar has been invited to serve as respondent to the student papers.

  1. David Giovagnoli, Truman State University
    Echoes of Sapphic Voices: Masculine Constructions in the Catullan Corpus (20 mins.)
  2. Kyle Oskvig, The University of Iowa
    Timaeus and the Evolution of Plato’s Bioethics 1.8 (20 mins.)
  3. Ashley Gilbert, Temple University
    A Critical Eye for Livy: Using an Apparatus Criticus (20 mins.)
  4. Anne Cave, Monmouth College
    The Driest Work Ever Written - Just Add Water: A Look at Water Systems in Ancient Rome and Modern India (20 mins.)
  5. Daniel Poochigian, University of California at Irvine
    Corbulo and Agricola: Dying and Surviving under the Principate (20 mins.)
  6. Ruth Scodel, University of Michigan

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Medical Humors and Classical Culture: Blood

Organized by the Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy

Ralph M. Rosen, University of Pennsylvania, Organizer

Ralph M. Rosen, University of Pennsylvania

  1. Paul Keyser, Google, Inc. (Chicago)
    Blood: The Synecdochic Humor before Hippocrates (20 mins.)
  2. Michael Boylan, Marymount University
    Blood, Magic, and Science in Early Greek Thought (20 mins.)
  3. Velvet Yates, University of Florida
    The Cold-blooded Inferiority of Women in Aristotle (20 mins.)
  4. Dawn LaValle, Princeton University
    Lactation as Salvation: Blood, Milk and pneuma in Clement of Alexandria’s Pedagogue (20 mins.)

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Coins and History

Organized by the Friends of Numismatics

Douglas Domingo-Foraste, California State University, Long Beach, Organizer

Are ancient coins baubles or archaeology? If archaeology (as numismatists assert), to what degree do they actually inform historical understanding and how much do we simply force them to fit known historical events? What ancient coins analyzed with numismatic methodology contribute to the understanding of ancient history, both when possibly pertinent literary accounts exist and when they do not, has engendered lengthy debate. This SESSION uses studies in Roman coinage to analyze the extent to which coins and numismatic method contribute to our understanding of ancient history in the context of other archaeology and ancient historical literature.

  1. Michael Ierardi, Bridgewater State University
    The Severan Bronze Coinage of the Peloponnese (20 mins.)
  2. Colin Elliott, University of Bristol
    Numismatics and Neoclassical Assumptions: A Case-Study from the Third Century Roman Empire (20 mins.)
  3. Jane DeRose Evans, Temple University
    Early Imperial History and the Excavation Coins of Sardis: Field 55 and the Wadi B Temple (20 mins.)
  4. Tristan Taylor, University of New England
    History or Cliché? Themes in Third Century Coinage (20 mins.)
  5. William E. Metcalf, Yale University

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Metaphor from Homer to Seneca

  1. Charles D. Stein, University of California, Los Angeles
    The Life and Death of Agamemnon's Scepter (20 mins.)
  2. Carrie Mowbray, University of Pennsylvania
    Up the Volcano: Aetna and Ascent in Seneca’s Ep. 79 (20 mins.)
  3. Kevin Solez, University of British Columbia
    Troy as Turning-Post: Chariot-Racing as a Metaphor for High Stakes, Power Politics, and the threat of Death in The Iliad And Aeschylus’ Agamemnon (20 mins.)
  4. William M. Short, University of Texas at San Antonio
    Getting to the Truth: Spatial Metaphors of “Trueness” and “Falseness” in Latin (20 mins.)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Selected Exostructures of Hellenistic Epigram

  1. Patricia A. Rosenmeyer, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    A Poem for Phanion: Sapphic Allusions in Meleager AP 12.53 (20 mins.)
  2. Thomas R. Keith, Independent Scholar
    An Attack on the Stoics in the Epigrams of Palladas (20 mins.)
  3. Charles S. Campbell, University of Cincinnati
    A Model Epigrammatist: Leonidas of Tarentum and Poetic Self-Representation in the Garland of Philip (20 mins.)
  4. David Kutzko, Western Michigan University
    Reading a Mime Sequence: A.P. V. 181-187 (20 mins.)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Catullan Identities, Ancient and Modern

  1. Yongyi Li, Chongqing University
    Non horrebitis admovere nobis
    : Encountering Catullus in the Chinese Context (20 mins.)
  2. Leah Kronenberg, Rutgers University
    Me, Myself, and I: Caecilius as an Alter Ego of Catullus in Poem 35 (20 mins.)
  3. George Hendren, University of Florida
    Catullus' Ameana Cycle as Literary Criticism (20 mins.)

David Wray, University of Chicago

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Political Maneuvering in Republican Roman History

  1. Amy Russell, Durham University
    Ut seditiosi tribuni solent
    : Shutting the Shops as a Political and Rhetorical Tactic in the Late Republic (20 mins.)
  2. Elisabeth Schwinge, Johns Hopkins University
    The Memory of Names: Roman Victory cognomina and Familial Commemoration (20 mins.)
  3. Amanda J. Coles, Illinois Wesleyan University
    Cooperation and Competition in Republican Boards of Tresviri coloniae Deducendae (20 mins.)
  4. Jaclyn Neel, York University
    The affectatores regni: Republican Accounts and Modern Misconceptions (20 mins.)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Language and Meter

  1. Susana Mimbrera Olarte, Instituto de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC
    The Doric of Southern Italy in the Hellenistic period (20 mins.)
  2. Bianca C. Hausburg, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Universität Leipzig
    Greek Words in Plautus (20 mins.)
  3. Emmett P. Tracy, University of Dublin, Trinity College
    Epigraphic Evidence & the Rise of Acatalectic Iambic Dimeters in Latin (20 mins.)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


(Dis)Continuities in the Texts of Lucian

Nathaniel Andrade, University of Oregon, Organizer

Emily Rush, University of California, Los Angeles, Organizer

In light of their sheer volume and complexity, this panel aims to stimulate discussion and reflection on productive ways to contextualize and interpret the works of Lucian. Its papers explore prevalent themes and inter-textual possibilities in his works that facilitate analysis of select texts or textual clusters within the broader framework of his corpus. In pursuit of this general purpose, they offer specific treatment of how Lucian’s texts critique the ludic and theatrical positioning of philosophers and pepaideumenoi and what such critique implies for the authority of narrators and readers, social authenticity, and legitimate claims of knowledge.

  1. Kerry Lefebvre, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Parallel Plays: Lucian's Philosophers and the Stage (20 mins.)
  2. Anna Peterson, Hope College
    Philosophers Redux: the Hermotimus, the Fisherman, and the Role of Dead Philosophers (20 mins.)
  3. Valentina Popescu, University of California, Davis
    Lucian’s Saturnalia: Rewriting the Literary Nomoi (20 mins.)
  4. David Pass, University of California, Berkeley
    Buying Books and Choosing Lives: From Agora to Acropolis in Lucian's Transformation of Plato's "Emporium of Polities" (20 mins.)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Latin Translations in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Organized by the Medieval Latin Studies Group

Bret Mulligan, Haverford College, Organizer

This panel aims to illuminate the impulses, mechanisms, and context of translation during the (very) long late Antiquity from a variety of generic, historical, and theoretical perspectives. Among the themes that will explored by the speakers—and hopefully discussed among all participants—are: how the advent of a Christian context may influence translation, how intended audience(s) influence the methodology of translation, how translation may provide evidence of use, the differences between classical and medieval translation, strategies for negotiating semantic loss, and illustration as a supplement to translation, as well as the relationship between Latin and vernacular translation.

  1. Aaron Pelttari, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Repetitive Tropes in Avienius’ Late Antique Translation of Aratus (20 mins.)
  2. Christina Hoenig, University of Cambridge
    “Timaeus” Latinus: Calcidius as Translator of Plato (20 mins.)
  3. J. A. Stover, Harvard University
    Toward a New History of the Translation Movement, 1050-1250: Evaluating the Evidence from Use (20 mins.)
  4. Wilken Engelbrecht, Palacky University in Olomouc
    The Latin Translation of the Chronicle of so-called Dalimil (20 mins.)
  5. Maud McInerney, Haverford College

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


The Literary and Philosophical Dimensions of Allegory in Neoplatonic Discourse

Organized by the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies

John F. Finamore, University of Iowa, Organizer

In late antiquity the Neoplatonic School of philosophy made heavy use of allegorical interpretations of myths to find the deeper philosophical meaning of perplexing (often sexual) myths, since they believed that poets and philosophers embedded ultimate truths in these myths. Slaveva-Griffin explores two interpretations of love by Plotinus and Heliodorus, both using Plato's dialogues as a touchstone. Manolea explores the tortuous path of Neoplatonic allegorization of the Oreithyia myth from the Phaedrus. Layne turns to an allegory of the Platonic dialogue itself: how the dialogue leads the reader to the Good.

  1. Svetla Slaveva-Griffin, Florida State University
    “In the Garden of Zeus:” Plotinus and Heliodorus on the Allegory of Love (25 mins.)
  2. Christina Panagiota Manolea, Hellenic Open University
    á½™πὸ Βορέου ἁρπαγεá¿–σα: Neoplatonic Reception of the Myth of Boreas and Oreithyia (25 mins.)
  3. Danny Layne, Georgia Southern University
    The Good of Dialogue Form: Proclus’ Neoplatonic Hermeneutics (25 mins.)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Ancient and Modern: Selected Papers from the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

  1. Tom Walsh, University of California, Berkeley
    Coriolanus, Ajax, and the Perils of Comparison (20 mins.)
  2. Randall Pogorzelski, University of Western Ontario
    Vergilian Says Pedagogue: Representing Roman Reception in Joyce's Ulysses (20 mins.)
  3. Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, University of Texas at Austin
    The Knights of Summer: Epic and Romance in Vergil's Aeneid and G.R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
  4. Sonia Sabnis, Reed College
    Animals and Barbarians in the Alexander Romance. (20 mins.)