Conference: Reframing Wisdom Literature

Reframing Wisdom Literature. Problematising Literary and Religious Interactions in Ancient Wisdom Texts

King's College London, 30-31 May 2019

Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof Dimitri Gutas, Yale University

Registration is now open for the postgraduate conference "Reframing Wisdom Literature. Problematising Literary and Religious Interactions in Ancient Wisdom Texts." The programme is included below and you can read more about our aims and about the line up here:

The conference is free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided, but registration via Eventbrite is required. Please register by May 23rd:

Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association, we can offer PhD students some small contributions towards travel and accommodation costs. To apply for a bursary please contact us at, stating your reasons for attending the conference and any other sources of funding available to you, and enclosing your CV. 

The conference will take place King’s College, Bush House Lecture Theatre 2 (BH(S)4.04), London. For further information please visit the conference website ( or contact us at

Full programme 

Thursday 30th May

Registration from 1.30 pm 
2.15 pm: opening address by Dr Daniel Orrells, Head of the Department of Classics, KCL 

2.30 - 4 pm: session 1 
2.30 - 3.15 pm: Emanuele Zimbardi, ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome and Freie Universität Berlin, "Aḥiqar from loyal courtier to wise teacher: the making of a parenetical story in Official Aramaic, Greek, and Syriac." Response by Dr Pavlos Avlamis, KCL
3.15 - 4 pm: Ivo Martins, Leiden University, "Reframing wisdom through liminality in Akkadian literature." Response by Dr Lindsay Allen, KCL 

4.30 - 6 pm: session 2 
4.30 - 5.15 pm: Michela Piccin, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, "Motifs distribution in Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi and Babylonian Theodicy." Response by Dr Jana Matuszak, SOAS University of London 
5.15 - 6 pm: Suzanna R. Millar, University of Edinburgh, "A proverb in a collection is dead?" Response by Prof Paul Joyce, KCL
7.30 pm: conference dinner 

Friday 31st May 
9.30 - 11 am: session 3 
9.30 - 10.15 am: Charles P. Comerford, University of Birmingham, "What should we talk about when we talk about wisdom? Terminology, definition, and genre in ancient Jewish wisdom studies." Response by Prof Hindy Najman, University of Oxford 
10.15 - 11 am: Rachel Frish, Bar-Ilan University, Tel-Aviv, "When prophecy meets wisdom: examination of the manner in which חכמים are addressed in Jeremiah 8 as a case study." Response by Dr Jonathan Stökl, KCL

11.30 am - 1 pm: session 4 
11.30 am - 12.15 pm: David Hodgkinson, University of Oxford, "Battlefields as teaching spaces." Response by Dr Shaul Tor, KCL
12.15 - 1 pm: Edward Iles, University of Oxford, "The Babyloniaka of Berossos of Babylon and the advice literature on legitimate kingship." Response by Prof Hugh Bowden, KCL

1 - 2.30 pm: lunch break 

2.30 - 4 pm: session 5 
2.30 - 3.15 pm: Carmine Antonio Vox, Università degli Studi di Macerata, "The wise Nazianzen. Wisdom features in Gregory’s writings and reception." Response by Prof Micheal Trapp, KCL
3.15 - 4.00 pm: Aggelos Malisovas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, "Unifying a dualistic nature: Prudentius’ poetical corpus as Wisdom Literature testimony." Response by Dr Daniel Hadas, KCL

4.30 - 5.30 pm: keynote lecture by Prof Dimitri Gutas, Yale University 

5.30 pm: closing remarks by Sara De Martin and Anna Lucia Furlan, King’s College London. Wine reception to follow

7.30 pm: informal closing dinner


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