Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry, September 12-14, 2017

Theme: Callimachus Revisited: New Perspectives in Callimachean Scholarship 

Location: Groningen University, The Netherlands

Organising committee: Jacqueline Klooster, RUG; Martine Cuypers, Trinity College Dublin.

The Groningen Workshops on Hellenistic Poetry have over the past 25 years provided an important venue for the presentation of new ideas in the field of Hellenistic poetry. In September 2017 the instigator and organizer of these workshops, Professor Annette Harder, will be retiring from the University of Groningen, which means that an end of the workshops in their present form is imminent.

To honor Annette Harder and fittingly celebrate her career in the service of Hellenistic poetry, whose acme has undoubtedly been the publication of a monumental new edition of Callimachus’ Aetia (OUP 2012), we are organizing a final Groningen Workshop entitled,’Callimachus Revisited’, on September 12-14, 2017. 

Callimachus formed the focus of the first Groningen workshop in 1992, and was revisited in 2002. It seems fitting to close the series by returning to this central poet once more, ask how our understanding of Callimachus has developed over the past 25 years, and consider future directions.

The workshop will co-incide with Annette Harder’s Valedictory Lecture, on 14 September, 2017. 

Unlike previous editions, there has been no open Call for Papers this year, as all speakers have been especially selected for this special occasion to reflect the history of the workshop. Confirmed speakers: Richard Hunter, James Clauss, Alex Sens, Peter Bing, Susan Stephens, Damien Nelis, Benjamin-Acosta Hughes, Adolf Köhnken, Ewen Bowie, Jackie Murray, Robert Kirstein, Jan Kwapisz, Frederick Williams, Evian Sistakou, Kathryn Gutzwiller, Floris Overduin.

To participate, as respondent to one of the papers, or as an auditor, please fill in the application form before May 31, 2017:

If you would like to respond to one of the papers, please say so in the section ‘further remarks’, and we will get in touch about the possibilities.

A conference fee of 100 euro (staff) / 50 euro (students) applies.

Should you wish any further information, please contact Sean McGrath ( or Jacqueline Klooster J.J.H.Klooster (

Religious Interactions in the Hellenistic World

International Conference

The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies – Oxford,

Lecture Theatre 18-19 March 2017

Organisers: Dr Sofia Kravaritou & Dr Maria Stamatopoulou


Connecting people or promoting diversity? Endorsing diplomatic affinities among empires and local communities by forging social bonds between ethnically and culturally diverse people, or instigating social conflicts based on varied group identities within major urban centres? What was the driving force in communicating and sharing heterogeneous cult practices and beliefs among the populations of the Hellenistic World? The conference will discuss how and whether religious interactions helped achieve a successful operation of institutions and whether they contributed to the cohesion of the peoples in the Hellenistic empires. The area covered stretches from Sicily and Italy to Bactria.

The issues that will be addressed include: the role of cult practices and religious beliefs in the emergence and development of the socio-political and cultural interface of the Hellenistic World; how and whether rulers promoted religious interactions in order to achieve social cohesion; what were the major effects of the social policies and initiatives related to cult affairs that were implemented by non-royal social agents; the development of shared cult practices among ethnically and culturally diverse agents and cult participants as a key factor in acculturation processes in metropoleis and smaller communities; the evolution of religious institutions and sacred spaces both in local and regional socio-cultural contexts; the role of interconnectivity and communication networks; religious diversity and modes of exchange between Greek and non-Greek traditions of religious practice and thought; the nature and motivation behind the wide distribution of certain deities and cult practices; the role of private groups and associations; one’s gods and the gods of the others  ̶  perception of self and the ‘other’ as a medium of self-representation within the Hellenistic cosmos.

Attendance – Info

    • Attendance is free for all Oxford university members, staff and students. In order to have a sense of numbers, and ensure that we adhere to Fire Regulation restrictions we would appreciate it if you could contact us to inform us if you are planning to attend.
    • ttendance is free for all Oxford university members, staff and students. In order to have a sense of numbers, and ensure that we adhere to Fire Regulation restrictions we would appreciate it if you could contact us to inform us if you are planning to attend.


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