Conference: Genre of Hymn in Antiquity

Online Conference: “The Genre of Hymn in Antiquity”

The Department of Greek Philology at the Democritus University of Thrace (Greece, Komotiniorganizes the First International Online Conference “The Genre of Hymn in Antiquity” to be held from October 22nd to 24th 2021 via ZOOM. 

Many definitions of “Hymn” oblige to start with the discussion on hymnodic genres, their norms and their transgressions, their transformations through subversion, transposition and combination with other genres. After Todorov’s statement “there has never been a literature without genres”, and this is so because a literary genre has its origin in human discourse, every genre arises like any speech act from the codification of discursive properties. Unlike other genres, however, the Hymn overtly fulfills a focused mission that appears to be of outmost importance both for the individual and the community and stems from the original identification of any act of singing (ἀείδειν) with praising (ὑμνεῖν). It is with Plato that a distinction between song for a mortal and song for a god came afore and was further developed in systematic categorizations in the late literary criticism (Menander, Proclus). Even so, the Hymn remains a speech act that explores different generic features, and takes all possible forms and performative modes. Despite similarities there is a huge variety in the way each Hymn, i.e., each hymnographer, selects its particular modes of praising and this opens a vast territory of interpretative approaches. Much scholarly attention has been deployed to defining the typology, the narratological aspects, the social parameters and the different attitudes towards the honored deities, the relationship to cult practice and to the local or panhellenic character of praising.

 

This conference seeks to bring together specialists on the hymnic genre in its multiple categories and forms. We envisage the conference as offering a series of independent yet mutually illuminating contributions from a wealth of approaches adopted towards the topic. We welcome different interpretative approaches according the various hymnic media, sociological, religious or even psychological topics and the cultural implications of hymnic poetry.

 

Confirmed Speakers: Peter Agόcs (London) – Luigi Battezzato (Pisa) – Claude Calame (Paris/Lausanne) – Teresa-Adele Cozzoli (Rome) – Christopher Faraone (Chicago) – George Gazis (Durham) – Zina Giannopoulou (Irvine, CA) – Flora P. Manakidou (Komotini) – Anastasia Maravela (Oslo) – Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi (Thessaloniki) – Georgia Petridou (Liverpool) – Polyxeni Strolonga (Athens) – Agnieszka Kotlińska-Toma (Wroclaw) – Maria Vamvouri (Zurich) – Tim Whitmarsh (Cambridge).

Session ChairsBenjamin Acosta-Hughes (The Ohio State University)Marco Fantuzzi (University of Roehampton)Andrew Faulkner (University of Waterloo)Andrew Ford (Princeton University)Flora P. Manakidou (Democritus University of Thrace)

Please visit the Conference official website at:

https://helit.duth.gr/conference-hymns-classics2021/

Everyone is welcome: no fee is required, but registration is mandatory.

For your registration, please follow the link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqcumtpj4oHtyISJu23osmXWJeCmpwWWro

All those who register will be provided with the link(s), the password(s), and all the necessary technical information in order to participate in the Conference online. 

For further information on the event or request, please contact hymns.classics2021@gmail.com

On behalf of the Scientific and the Organizing Committees,

Best regards,

Flora P. Manakidou and Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi

 

Conference Scientific Committee: Flora P. Manakidou (Democritus University of Thrace), Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

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Conference Organizing Committee: Flora P. Manakidou (Democritus University of Thrace), Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Ioannis Petropoulos (Democritus University of Thrace), Georgios Tsomis (Democritus University of Thrace)

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Reception Studies: State of the Discipline and New Directions

Online conference

 

24-27 June 2021 (Northern Hemisphere)

25-28 June 2021 (Southern Hemisphere)

Conference Organiser: Anastasia Bakogianni

Hosted by Massey University, New Zealand

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 06/15/2021 - 5:03pm by Erik Shell.

City Lit, one of London’s largest adult education colleges, and the British Museum are organising Classics Week.

Classics Week runs from 21-25 June 2021 and takes inspiration from the British Museum’s current exhibition Nero: the man behind the myth (27 May- 24 Oct).  Join us for a programme of online talks, discussions, and taster courses exploring the subject of power in ancient Rome.

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Tue, 06/15/2021 - 4:40pm by Erik Shell.
A page from Martin Kraus’ Aethiopica Epitome processed using LatinOCR within VietOCR. It handles the opening chapter summary well but is only 88% accurate with the italicized body text.

LatinOCR and Rescribe are related optical character recognition (OCR) tools that substantially accelerate the conversion of scanned Latin to Unicode text and, in the case of Rescribe, to searchable PDF format. Both are pleasant to use but require a degree of comfort with command-line tools, at least to get up and running.

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The Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, the Network for the Study of the Archaic and Classical Greek Song, and CHS Greece invite you to attend Performing Texts, an international virtual conference to be held from June 30 through July 4, 2021.
View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 06/14/2021 - 9:29am by Erik Shell.

(Originally posted here)

Seattle, Washington - Rochelle Elizabeth Snee, born December 6, 1947, in Trenton, NJ, passed away at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA on Sunday, September 6, 2020.

Rochelle was a 1965 graduate of Dulaney High School in Lutherville - Timonium, MD. She earned her B.A. degree at the University of Maryland at College Park, majoring in Classical Studies under Wilhelmina Jashemski. She attended the University of Washington, where she earned both an M.A. and a PhD in Classics with a concentration in the Byzantine Period.

As a Classics scholar, Rochelle had many opportunities for both study and travel. She had fellowships at Colby College in Waterville, ME, to work with fellow classicists Dorothy Koonce and Peter Westervelt; and in Washington, D.C., she continued her study of Byzantium with fellowships at both Dumbarton Oaks and Catholic University. In Rome she translated ancient Greek documents in the Vatican Library; in Jerusalem she read ancient manuscripts available only to those with special permission; in Istanbul she researched for an article on Gregory Nazianzen's Anastasia Church. She was on the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University, where she taught ancient Greek, Latin, and imbued students with a knowledge of ancient history.

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:24pm by Erik Shell.
Children playing ball games, 2nd century AD. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

“Think of the Children! The Reception of the Ancient World in Children’s Media” was the Women’s Classical Caucus panel at the most recent AIA/SCS meeting. We (Melissa Funke and Victoria Austen, co-organizers) conceived of this panel as a far-reaching conversation about how children have historically engaged with ancient Greece and Rome and how they continue to do so today. In choosing the papers for this panel, we had two primary concerns in mind: to think about how various media use ancient Greek and Roman material for education and play alike, and to use girlhood as a lens to reconsider reception in those media. While more traditional forms of literature, such as storybooks and poetry, were featured as an important aspect of this conversation, the presenters also addressed these issues in primary textbooks, video games, and web comics.

“Nationalism and Imperialism in Futures Past: Classical Reception in Louisa Capper's A Poetical History of England: Written for the Use of Young Ladies Educated at Rothbury-House School (1810),” by Kathryn H. Stutz

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Karl-Christ-Prize for Ancient History

Laureate 2021: Prof. Dr. Klaus Hallof

(Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)

The Karl-Christ-Prize, endowed with 25,000 euros and dedicated to the memory of Karl Christ, who held the Chair of Ancient History at the University of Marburg from 1965 to 1988, will be awarded for the fifth time in 2021. The prize is awarded every two years for outstanding academic achievements in the field of ancient history and neighbouring disciplines as well as the history of humanities and classical reception. It is presented alternately at the universities of Frankfurt a.M. and Bern, where Karl Christ's scholarship is being continued.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Fri, 06/04/2021 - 12:49pm by Erik Shell.

2022 Comparative Literature Conference

University of South Carolina

February 10th -13th, 2022

Truth in the Late Foucault

Keynote Speakers

Sandra Boehringer (Université de Strasbourg)

Alex Dressler (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Edward McGushin (Stonehill College)

Special Event: “Foucault: A Polemical Dialogue”

David Greven (University of South Carolina) and Marc Démont (Centre College)

Call for Papers

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 06/04/2021 - 12:46pm by Erik Shell.
Dr Chiara Blanco
Research Lecturer in Classics, 
Trinity College, Oxford

Dear All,

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Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”

Dipartimento di Studi letterari, filosofici e di storia dell’arte

EARLY MODERN AND MODERN COMMENTARIES ON VIRGIL 

June 14-16, 2021

An Online Conference 

Link Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81909339883

All times are CEST (Rome time).

For more information: casali@uniroma2.it

Monday, June 14, 2pm-2:20pm

Welcoming words by EMORE PAOLI (Director of the Department of Studi letterari, filosofici e di storia dell’arte, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”) and introduction by SERGIO CASALI

SESSION 1 

Monday, June 14, 2:20pm-5pm 

Chair: VIRGILIO COSTA (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

DAVID WILSON-OKAMURA (East Carolina University)

Afterimages of Lucretius 

FABIO STOK (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”) 

Commenting on Virgil in the 15th Century: from Barzizza (?) to Parrasio (?)-I 

GIANCARLO ABBAMONTE (Università di Napoli Federico II)

Commenting on Virgil in the 15th Century: from Barzizza (?) to Parrasio (?)-II 

NICOLA LANZARONE (Università di Salerno)

Il commento di Pomponio Leto all’Eneide: sondaggi relativi ad Aen. 1 e 2

5pm-5:20pm 

Break

SESSION 2 

Monday, June 14, 5:20pm-8pm 

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Thu, 06/03/2021 - 4:34pm by Erik Shell.

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