Cyprus: a Place and Topos in Ancient Literature
Whether it was love, war, struggle or simply a breathtaking landscape that inspired authors in antiquity, Cyprus had it all. Greek and Latin literature abounds with references to the island: the land of kings and heroes and, most importantly, the birthplace of Aphrodite/Venus, Cyprus offers to ancient authors numerous sources of inspiration - Teucer, Evagoras, Pygmalion, Cinyras, Myrrha, Adonis, to name but a few. At the same time, Cyprus the place has a unique cultural identity, shaped under the multiple interrelations, contacts and assimilations of indigenous Cypriot, Greek, and Eastern elements. Similar is the shaping of the linguistic landscape of the island.
Although the presence of Cyprus in literature is evident, a systematic exploration of the literary character and the role of the island in classical literature has not appeared yet. In addition, there is still much to be said about the literary production in Cyprus. The recent launch of the ‘Digital Ancient Cypriot Literature’ as part of Dioptra (http://dioptra.cyi.ac.cy) enables classicists to assess a variety of sources which shape the literary culture of Cyprus. Motivated by this recent development, this conference invites contributions to the following suggested topics:
• The poetic exploitation of Cyprus (as a place or theme);
• the literary landscape and production in Cyprus from the archaic period up to the Late Antiquity;
• Cyprus as a possible literary topos;
• the perception of Cyprus as place: references to, and descriptions of, the island and its habitants;
• reception of Cypriot themes and traditions in classical literature.
Papers may engage with literary genres of any period up to the Late Antiquity, including inscriptions. PhD students and early career researchers as well as members of under-represented groups are encouraged to participate. The papers shall be in English or any other major European language, provided that an English translation is supplied.
The Conference will take place on September 21-22, 2018, in Athens, Greece. Details on keynote speakers, accommodation, travel, and registration (subject to funding) will be announced in due course. Informal questions/enquiries can be addressed to Andreas Gavrielatos (firstname.lastname@example.org). Selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume (after peer-review).
Abstracts of no more than 300 words can be submitted by January 15, 2018, to any (or all) of the members of the organising committee:
Amfilochios Papathomas (email@example.com)
Andreas Gavrielatos (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grammatiki Karla (email@example.com)
Katerina Carvounis (firstname.lastname@example.org)