Flavian Sicily: An Academic Conference and Tour of Ancient Sites
Organizers: Antony Augoustakis and Joy Littlewood
Southern Italy and Sicily (including nearby islands) are featured in Flavian literature, most prominently Silius Italicus’ Punica among others, as places with a rich Greco-Roman history, exceptional fertility, and idyllic landscapes. This conference builds on many recent conferences on Flavian literature and published volumes (e.g., Campania in the Flavian Poetic Imagination, Oxford 2019) and aims to explore the representation and significance of the region in the literature of the period (69-96 CE). The goal of this conference is to bring scholars to Siracusa to discuss these works of literature and visit the sites mentioned and celebrated in our sources. Our conference will take place at the Exedra Mediterranean Center, adjacent to the Piazza Duomo on Ortigia. It will include academic presentations as well as visits to the archeological park and museum and various other sites in the city. We will also enjoy traditional Sicilian hospitality, with group dinners and catered lunches featuring local specialties. At the conclusion of the conference, an optional tour of relevant sites will include Enna and Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, and Selinunte.
The official language of the conference is English. Abstracts for papers should be 300-500 words in length. Paper presentations will be ca 30 minutes with discussion following. We hope to submit a volume proposal to Oxford University Press.
Please send abstracts and direct questions to Antony Augoustakis and Joy Littlewood at email@example.com. Abstracts must be received by April 20, 2020.