Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Call for Papers

A Tale of Two Traditions. Roman Culture and Ancient Greek Narratives
under the Principate.

International workshop at Ghent University, Thursday 28th – Friday
29th May 2020.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 29/02/2020.

Confirmed speakers include: Dr. Romain Brethes (Paris, AnHiMa); Dr.
Casper de Jonge (Leiden); Dr. Daniel Jolowicz (King’s College London).

Ancient imperial Greek narrative literature, in a wide variety of
genres (fables, novels, epic poetry, historiography, biography, etc.),
has been shown to be a product of its rhetorical, philosophical, and
linguistic environments. It also is in dialogue with other genres
(such as New Comedy, elegy and epigrams, to name just a few), and is
impacted by complex processes not only of intercultural connections
and education, but also of literary self-awareness and representations
of otherness. While many studies have concentrated on the way Greek
imperial narrative absorbs preceding Greek and eastern traditions,
less systematic attention has been paid to how it uses, addresses or
confronts preceding Latin traditions.

This conference sets out to explore ways in which Greek narrative
responds to or engages with Latin literature and culture at large. By
studying cases of Latin interactions within ancient Greek narrative
under the Principate, the conference seeks not only to improve our
understanding of Greek-Latin overlaps in general, but also to find new
ways of conceptualising this corpus in particular. More specifically,
we aim 1. to discussing new methodological tools concerning reception;
2. to situate Greek works in their intellectual, bilingual and
multicultural environment; 3. to account for the conspicuous absences
of Rome from certain Greek productions under the Principate and
investigate the notion of cultural identity. We invite abstracts that
address these topics.

If you are interested in contributing to this conference, please send
an abstract (ca 200 words) in either English or French together with a
short CV stating your affiliation and current occupation to>, no later
than 29/02/2020. We will send out confirmations about acceptance by

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