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The Politics of Archaism in the Imperial Period

An international colloquium at the University of Bristol (1 July 2022)

This colloquium is generously sponsored by the Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition, the University of Bristol, the Classical Association, and the Institute of Classical Studies. Its scope is to stimulate research on a crucial aspect of Roman Imperial culture, namely the widespread employment of archaism in Greek and Latin by the most authoritative intellectuals of the period, such as Dio of Prusa, Lucian of Samosata, Maximus of Tyre, and Aelius Aristides for Greek; Fronto, Apuleius, and Aulus Gellius for Latin.

The one-day event will take place at the Wills Memorial Building on Friday, 1 July 2022. Confirmed speakers include Louis Callebat, Anna Chahoud, Leonardo Costantini, Eleanor Dickey, Stephen Harrison, Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Lawrence Kim, Emily Kneebone, Heinz-Günther Nesselrath, and Michael Trapp.

Attendance (in-person only) will be limited to a maximum of 40 participants. To register, please use this link:

Thanks to the support of the Classical Association, a few travel bursaries will be offered to postgraduate students based in UK universities who are unable to secure funding from their host institutions. To apply, please send the organiser, Dr Leonardo Costantini (, a short statement indicating why attending the conference would assist your research (maximum 200 words), plus an estimate of your travel costs, no later than 13 June 2022.