Hyblaea avena – Theokritrezeption in der griechischen und lateinischen Literatur der römischen Kaiserzeit und frühen Neuzeit

Internat­ionales Symposium an der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal

Eine Veranstaltung des Graduiertenkollegs 2196 „Dokument – Text – Edition“ und der Klassischen Philologie an der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal.

15. – 16. November 2018

Campus Grifflenberg, Senatssaal (K.11.07)


14:00 – 14:30 Uhr: Eröffnung

14:30 – 15:15 Uhr: Keynote: Richard Hunter (Cambridge): The Prehistory of Theocritus’ Nachleben

15 min. Pause

15:30 – 16:15 Uhr: Valeria Pace (Cambridge): Class in Daphnis & Chloe and Theocritus

16:15 – 17:00 Uhr: Anne-Elisabeth Beron (Wuppertal): Standing in Tityrus’ Shadow: Theocritus in the Political Eclogues of Calpurnius Siculus

15 min. Pause

17:15 – 18:00 Uhr: Hamidou Richer (Rouen): Three Faces of Theocritus during the Roman Empire

18:00 – 18:45 Uhr: Manuel Baumbach (Bochum): Bienenstich und Hyazinthenschläge: die Schattenseiten der Bukolik im poetischen Raum der Carmina Anacreontea


9:30 – 10:15 Uhr: John B. Van Sickle (New York): Traces of Virgil and Ovid in the Translation of Theocritus by Eobanus

10:15 – 11:00 Uhr: Christian Orth (Freiburg i. Br.): Theokritrezeption in den griechischen Eklogen von Joachim Camerarius

15 min. Pause

11:15 – 12:00 Uhr: Thomas Gärtner (Köln): Die diversen Reflexe des Epitaphium Bionis bei Lorenz Rhodoman

12:00 – 12:45 Uhr: Janika Päll (Tartu): Greek Bucolic Cento in Early Modern European Poetry Merging Theocritus and Virgil


14:00 – 14:45 Uhr: Stefan Weise (Wuppertal): „Der berühmte Leipziger Theocritus“ – Zu Theokritrezeption und Performanz in den Idyllia Graeca solennia von Johann Gottfried Herrichen

14:45 – 15:30 Uhr: William Barton (Innsbruck): Adam Franz Kollár’s Χάριτες εἰδύλλιον (1756): Theocritean Praise of Maria Theresa and her Educational Developments


Die Tagung steht allen Interessierten offen, jedoch wird um Anmeldung bis 2. November 2018 gebeten.


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Weise                          Anne-Elisabeth Beron, M.A.

weise@uni-wuppertal.de                                           beron@uni-wuppertal.de

Klassische Philologie                                     Graduiertenkolleg 2196

Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Gaußstr. 20, 42119 Wuppertal

Arato di Soli. Fenomeni

Curatore: V. Gigante Lanzara

Editore:Garzanti Libri.  Collana:I grandi libri

Anno edizione: 2018

Pagine: 160 p., 

EAN: 9788811811664


Con testo greco a fronte.

Sintesi di sapere poetico, filosofico e scientifico, i Fenomeni di Arato di Soli (315 ca – 240 ca a.C.) sono espressione della vivacità intellettuale del mondo greco di età ellenistica. Nella prima sezione del poema Arato osserva e accuratamente descrive il sistema degli astri e delle costellazioni, dando rilievo alle figure mitologiche dalle quali queste prendono il nome: dal cacciatore Orione con il suo fedele segugio Sirio all’«infelice Cassiopea», che protende le braccia verso la sventurata figlia Andromeda. Nella seconda parte, Pronostici, trovano invece spazio i segni premonitori celesti e naturali che si richiamano alla tradizione e alla sapienza popolari. Tradotti già anticamente da Varrone Atacino, Cicerone, Germanico e Avieno, i Fenomeni hanno goduto di larga fortuna lungo tutto il Medioevo, fino al Rinascimento, e costituiscono ancora oggi una preziosa testimonianza del profondo senso di stupore e di meraviglia con cui l’uomo ha sempre guardato alla vastità e al mistero del cosmo.

Drama and Performance in Hellenistic Poetry

M.A. Harder, R.F. Regtuit & G.C. Wakker (eds.)

Hellenistica Groningana 23

X-344 p.

ISBN 978-90-429-3654-6

82 euro


This volume is devoted to aspects of performance in Hellenistic poetry. This theme is approached from various angles. Although drama has long been regarded as typical of fifth century Athens, there is an increasing awareness among classical scholars of the importance of drama also for the Hellenistic period. In that period too drama was still written and performed, but at the same time it also was an important object of study and a source of inspiration for works in other genres, such as the epic of Apollonius Rhodius, for new literary forms like the idylls of Theocritus or the mimiambs of Herodas, or for literary experiments such as the extended messenger speech in the Alexandra of Lycophron. Besides, performance was never restricted to drama, but from the archaic period onwards was essential to the presentation of poetry to an audience and thus remained an integral part of Greek cultural life in all periods, also in times of increasing literacy like the Hellenistic period. Therefore in this volume also epic and didactic poetry as well as shorter works from, e.g., a cultic, ritual or sympotic sphere have been studied from the point of view of performance. The various articles show that the focus on performance is a fruitful perspective for looking at Hellenistic poetry.

Annette HarderPreface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . V

Sofia Belioti
The Motif of Paraclausithyron as Hint of Performance in the Hellenistic Poetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Barnaby Chesterton
Drama, Performance and Authorial Self-Representation in HerodasMimiamb8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Angela Cinalli
The Performative Life of the Hellenistic Period through Inscrip-
tions . The Case Study of Delphi and Delos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Christophe Cusset
Y a-t-il des modalités particulières de la performance vocale féminine dans la poésie hellénistique ? Une parole contrainte ………………………..75

Andreas Fountoulakis
The Poetics of Lamentation: Performances and Ritual in Bion’s Epitaph on Adonis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Adrian Gramps
Rethinking ‘Mimetic Poetry’ and Callymachus’ Hymn to Apollo …………..129

David Kutzko
Enacting Drama: Herod . 1 and A.P. V . 181 (Ascl . 25, Gow-Page) …………157

Katherine Molesworth
Watching Tragedy in Lycophron’s Alexandra . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Jackie Murray
Silencing Orpheus: The Fiction of Performance in Apollonius’Argonautica……………………………………….201

Thomas J . Nelson
The Shadow of Aristophanes: Hellenistic Poetry’s Reception
of Comic Poetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

Maria Papadopoulou
Spectators-in-Performance in Theocritus’ Adoniazusae. . . . . . 273

Alan Sheppard
Mimeticism, Performance and Re-Performance in Callimachus’HymntoApolloandInscribedPaians. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293

Kathryn Wilson
Reading and Performing Didactic Poetry in the Hellenistic Period . . . . . . .317

CFP 14th Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry: Women and Power in Hellenistic Poetry

The Department of Greek and Latin at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) hereby announces the fourteenth workshop in the series “Workshops on Hellenistic Poetry” to be held in Groningen on 21-23 August 2019. The theme of this workshop will be Women and Power in Hellenistic Poetry.

Hellenistic poetry is full of powerful women, ranging from Ptolemaic queens and princesses to female divinities and epic heroines. An obvious question is therefore: why do we find so many powerful women in Hellenistic poetry, and in what ways do they differ from previous literary representations of women, for example, in Homeric epic, archaic lyric, and Athenian tragedy. 

After defining what kinds of power are at stake (political, religious, divine, magical, erotic, social, intellectual, emotional, moral or even physical), and how they are connected or opposed to the feminine, and by whom, questions arise regarding, e.g., the balance of power between lovers and their objects of desire in erotic relations; the representation of female voices and agency by male authors; or the distinct position in the canon of female epigrammatists such as Nossis and Anyte. What metapoetic dimensions to the representation of powerful women, or power over women can we identify? 

Scholars who wish to contribute a paper are requested to send an e-mail to J.J.H.Klooster@rug.nl with the title of their paper and a brief abstract (1 page) by 31 December 2018 and, upon acceptance, a PDF of the complete paper (20 pages) by 1 May 2019, for distribution in advance of the workshop. During the work­shop there will be time for a short introduction (ca. 10 minutes) followed by extensive discussion (ca. 35 minutes). Papers will be published in the series Hellenistica Groningana by Peeters (Leuven). Those who wish to take part in the discussions without contributing a paper or wish to act as a respondent are requested to send an e-mail to J.J.H.Klooster@rug.nl  before 1 April 2019.

Unfortunately, our funding situation has changed for the worse compared to previous workshops. Speakers are requested to seek funding for travel and accommodation from their own institution first. We hope to be able to cover part of the travel and accommodation expenses of speakers whose universities are unable to cover their costs in full. Other participants (including respondents) should provide their own funds and budget for a conference fee of €100 (€50 for students), which covers catering (tea, coffee and lunches) and documentation.

Hyblaea avena. Reception of Theocritus in Greek and Latin Literature of the Roman Imperial and Early Modern Period

Pipes being handed down from one shepherd to another in the tradition of music making can easily be imagined as a scenario in real life, whether in ancient times or today. And indeed, some pipes from antiquity are still in use 2000 years later, at least metaphorically speaking. Easy to track are the ones Theocritus used in creating the genre of pastoral poetry with idyllic landscapes and characters that seem to be transported from their real life duties and dialogues into the realm of verses. His pipes are depicted as the instrument of the predecessor offered to a poet of a new era and language in Virgil’s 10th eclogue (Verg. ecl. 10,51: carmina pastoris Siculi modulabor avena), and are from there given to another even later poet in Theocritus’ and Virgil’s footsteps, Calpurnius Siculus (Calp. 4,62f.: Tityrus hanc [sc. fistulam] habuit, cecinit qui primus in istis / montibus Hyblaea modulabile carmen avena).

DATE: 15-16/11/2018

LOCATION: Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Wuppertal, Germany)

ORGANIZER: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Weise (Bergische Universität Wuppertal); Anne-Elisabeth Beron, M.A. (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

INFO: weise@uni-wuppertal.de – beron@uni-wuppertal.de

2 PhD positions in the field of Hellenistic festival culture

We are pleased to announce 2 PhD positions in the field of Hellenistic festival culture, at the University of Groningen, starting 1 February, 2019.
Application deadline is 9 September, 2018 before midnight (Dutch time). For details, also on how to apply, see the announcement:
A third related PhD project on Rome-oriented cults and festivals will soon be advertised separately as part of the Anchoring Innovation research initiative of the Dutch National Research School in Classical Studies – OIKOS – https://www.ru.nl/oikos/anchoring-innovation/
More information on the projects may be found at: https://tinyurl.com/connectinggreeks
contact via Prof. O.M. van Nijf: o.m.van.nijf@rug.nl  or Dr. C.G. Williamson: c.g.williamson@rug.nl

Kind regards,

Dr. Christina Williamson
Asst. Professor Ancient History
University of Groningen
P.O. Box 716 | 9700AS Groningen | NETHERLANDS

The Epigrams of Crinagoras of Mytilene

Maria Ypsilanti

ISBN-13: 978-0199565825
ISBN-10: 0199565821
Oxford University Press – 536 pages
Relatively little is known of the life of Crinagoras of Mytilene: a Greek epigrammatist and diplomat who lived between the first centuries BC and AD, he was despatched to Rome as part of the embassies to Julius Caesar and Octavian, was held in high regard by his contemporaries, and divided his life between his home of Mytilene and the centre of the Roman Empire, where he was acquainted with the family of the emperor Augustus. Much of the detail we have to flesh out this brief account comes from his poems, which, in keeping with the genre, draw extensively on his personal experience and on the events of the day to provide a key source for the circumstances of his life. They are also eloquent and dynamic in their own right, and as a corpus they cover a wide thematic range: many were inspired by contemporary political or military events or by personal experiences, observations, or contemplation, though they also include several sepulchral epigrams concerning the deaths of persons the poet knew, and many which were composed as notes to be sent with gifts to friends or acquaintances.

This new edition collects together all fifty-one of the surviving epigrams which have come down to us as part of the Greek Anthology. Presented here in a new critical text alongside engaging English translations, they are analysed in detail in an incisive introduction and exegetic word-by-word commentary, both as individual poems and as part of the corpus as a whole. With discussion throughout covering not only textual and stylistic matters, but also literary and historical context and Crinagoras’ place within his social and cultural milieu, this edition provides a guide to the life and work of this understudied poet which is both authoritative and accessible.

The Poets of Alexandria

Susan A. Stephens

9781848858794. –  192 pages
I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd

Alexandria was the greatest of the new cities founded by Alexander the Great as his armies swept eastward. It was ruled by his successors, the Ptolemies, who presided over one of the richest and most productive periods in the whole of Greek literature. Susan A Stephens here reveals a cultural world in transition: reverential of the compositions of the past (especially after construction of the great library, repository for all previous Greek oeuvres), but at the same time forward-looking and experimental, willing to make use of previous forms of writing in exciting new ways. The author examines Alexandria’s poets in turn. She discusses the strikingly avant-garde Aetia of Callimachus; the idealized pastoral forms of Theocritus (which anticipated the invention of fiction); and the neo-Homerian epic of Apollonius, the Argonautica, with its impressive combination of narrative grandeur and psychological acuity. She shows that all three poets were innovators, even while they looked to the past for inspiration: drawing upon Homer, Hesiod, Pindar and the lyric poets, they emphasized stories and material that were entirely relevant to their own progressive cosmopolitan environment.

Susan A Stephens is Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics at Stanford University. Her books include Seeing Double: Intercultural Poetics in Ptolemaic Alexandria (2003), Callimachus in Context: From Plato to the Augustan Poets (with Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, 2012) and Callimachus: The Hymns (2015).

Letteratura e intervisualità fra Grecia e Roma – Literature and intervisuality in Greece and Rome (II)

12-13 June 2018 – Università degli Studi di Milano – Via Festa del Perdono 7 Sala Malliani

Martedì 12 giugno. // Presiede: Giuseppe Zanetto

ore 14.00: Saluti istituzionali: A. D’Agostino (Direttore del Dipartimento di Studi letterari, filologici e linguistici)

ore 14.30: P. Cesaretti (Università di Bergamo) : ‘L’ottava meraviglia del mondo, ovvero Santa Sofia di Costantinopoli tra descrizione e narrazione’

ore 15.00: B. Daskas (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow): ‘Iconografie della chiesa dei Santi Apostoli a Costantinopoli fra IX e XII secolo’

ore 15.30-16.00: discussione

ore 16.30: A. Canobbio (Università di Pavia): ‘Le ville di Plinio il Giovane tra realtà fisica e immagine retorica’

ore 17.00: F. Lubian (Liceo classico “G. Zanella”, Schio – Università di Padova): ‘Maiestate potens muneribusque opulens: intervisualità e intertestualità degli edifici sacri nel Peristephanon di Prudenzio’

ore 17.30: A. Raschieri (Università di Milano): ‘Scrittura, oggetti e luoghi: incroci intervisuali in Isidoro di Siviglia’

ore 18.00-18.30: discussione

Mercoledì 13 giugno. // Presiede: Massimo Gioseffi

ore 9.15: E. Esposito (Università di Potenza): ‘Words and Pictures: letteratura e arti figurative in epoca ellenistica’

ore 9.45: É. Prioux (Université Paris Nanterre): ‘L’élégie du tatouage et les fantasmes artistiques ultraviolents d’un poète du IIIe s. avant J.-C.’

ore 10.15: L. Floridi (Università di Milano): ‘Luc. DMar. 14: Perseo e Andromeda tra intertestualità e intervisualità’

ore 10.45-11.15: discussione

ore 11.30: S. Harrison (Università di Oxford): ‘Mythological images in Horace’s Odes: intervisual possibilities’

ore 12.00: A. Stramaglia (Università di Bari): ‘Fra testo e immagine: una raccolta di novelle nella Roma di Augusto’

ore 12.45-13.15: discussione e chiusura del lavori

Please feel free to get in touch for any informationlucia.floridi@unimi.itmassimo.gioseffi@unimi.itpaola.moretti@unimi.itnicola.pace@unimi.it;amedeo.raschieri@unimi.itgiuseppe.zanetto@unimi.it

Culture and Ideology under the Seleucids: an Interdisciplinary Approach

Call for papers

Culture and Ideology under the Seleucids: an Interdisciplinary Approach
29-31 March 2019
 Macquarie University, Sydney

The conference seeks to bring together historians, archaeologists, epigraphists and other scholars interested in the cultural ideologies that shaped the character of Seleucid rulership from its foundation to its end. The renewed interest in Seleucid studies in the past two decades, anticipated by Andreas Mehl and his Seleukos Nikator und sein Reich (1986), has certainly restored its early obscure scholarly profile as a dynasty that spiraled into decline soon after the death of its founder (E.R. Bevan, 1902, The House of Seleucus, 1.76). More recently, the appreciation and sensitivity of the Seleucids to the cultural symbols and traditions of the regions they ruled has attracted significant scholarly attention (for example, see D. Ogden, The Legend of Seleucus, 2017; K. Erickson, “Seleucus I, Zeus and Alexander,” in Every Inch a King, 2013 and id. “Apollo-Nabû: the Babylonian Policy of Antiochus I,” in Seleucid Dissolution, 2011; N. Wright, Divine Kings and Sacred Spaces, 2012; P.A. Beaulieu, “Nabû and Apollo: the Two Faces of Seleucid Religious Policy,” in Orient und Okzident in hellenistischer Zeit, 2014; P.J. Kosmin, “Seeing Double in Seleucid Babylonia,” in Patterns of the Past, 2014).
Equally, Seleucid archaeology has made huge strides, not only in the Levant, Turkey and Central Asia, but also in Syria and Mesopotamia; as the 2018 SCS “New Directions in Seleucid Archaeology” panel showcased, “Numerous surveys and excavations that have been initiated in the last 5-10 years in Iraq and the Gulf are producing great quantities of material of Seleucid date.”
We now think it is time to enrich the scholarly debate on the Seleucids by inviting voices from all disciplines studying the Seleucid phenomenon to contribute to it. Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order) include:
Paul-Alain Beaulieu (Toronto)
Andreas Mehl (Halle-Wittenberg)
Rachel Mairs (Reading)
Daniel Ogden (Exeter)
Stefan Pfeiffer (Halle-Wittenberg)
Our aim is to initiate an interdisciplinary network of scholars interested in the Hellenistic successors and their regimes so that this conference can be repeated every two years in universities across the world and pave new lines of communication and new research agendas across disciplines. The Seleucids were proud of their mixed cultural background and therefore, to be able to appreciate them we need to expand our lenses of studying them.
Individuals or thematic panel representatives are invited to submit their abstracts to Eva.Anagnostou-Laoutides@mq.edu.au by July 29, 2018.

The Materiality of Hellenistic Ruler Cults

This two-day event is part of an ongoing research project: Practicalities of Hellenistic Ruler Cults (PHRC). PHRC investigates Greek ritual practice as addressed to political leaders in the Hellenistic world, from Alexander to Augustus.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 31/05-01/06/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Université de Liège, 7 Place du Vingt Août, Bâtiment A, Salle de l’Horlôg,  (Liège, Belgium)


INFO: WEB – ste.caneva@gmail.com




Thursday 31 May

8.30 – 9.00: Welcome

9.00 – 9.15: Stefano Caneva (F.R.S.-FNRS – ULiège), “Introduction”

First session: “Media, supports, and circulation”

Chair: – Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge (Collège de France – ULiège)

9.15 – 10.00: Stefano Caneva (F.R.S.-FNRS – ULiège), “L’importance de la matérialité. Le rôle des petits autels, plaques et bases inscrits dans la compréhension des cultes pour les souverains”

10.00 – 10.45: Stefan Pfeiffer (Universität Halle), “What do offerings and libations for the king in Egyptian temples mean? Remarks on the correlation of the hyper-formula and the cult in Egyptian temples”

11.00 – 11.45: Olga Palagia (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens), “Cult statues of the Ptolemies and the Attalids”

11.45 – 12.30: Anna Bertelli (Università di Padova), “Heroized citizens and divine rulers: Differences and comparisons between their cult places”

Second session: “Ritual space and practice”

Chair: Yann Berthelet (ULiège)

14.30 – 15.15: Rolf Strootman (Universiteit Utrecht) – Christina Williamson (Universiteit Groningen), “Creating a Royal Landscape: Hekatomnid Use of Sacred Sites in Fourth-Century Karia”

15.45 – 16.00: Mario Paganini (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften), “Ruler Cult in Private Settings: The Gymnasia and Associations of Hellenistic Egypt”

16.15 – 17.00: Zoé Pitz (F.R.S.-FNRS – ULiège), “Le choix des animaux sacrificiels dans les cultes des souverains et bienfaiteurs hellénistiques”

17.00 – 17.45: Stefano Caneva (F.R.S.-FNRS – ULiège), “Incense in Hellenistic ruler cults”

Friday 1st June

Third session: “Agency and Funding”

Chair: Stefano Caneva (F.R.S.-FNRS – ULiège)

9.15 – 10.15: Panagiotis Iossif (Belgian School at Athens – Radboud University) – Catharine Lorber (American Numismatic Society) “Who pays the bill? Monetary aspects of royal cult in the Seleucid and Ptolemaic kingdoms”

10.15 – 10.45: Stefano Caneva (F.R.S.-FNRS – ULiège) – Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge (Collège de France – ULiège), “Conclusions”

Workshop: “Religion grecque, épigraphie et humanités numériques à l’ULiège”

11.00 – 12.00: Stefano Caneva (F.R.S.-FNRS – ULiège) – Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge (Collège de France – ULiège), “Religion et épigraphie grecques à la rencontre des humanités numériques. Présentation des projets Collection of Greek Ritual Norms (CGRN) et Practicalities of Hellenistic Ruler Cults (PHRC)”

Ἀρχή and origo: The Power of Origins

Call for papers

Ἀρχή and origo: The Power of Origins

(Newcastle University, 2-4 May, 2019)

Origins have a particular power. Arguments referring back to the first beginnings and relating them to the present tend to be especially attractive. When we’re in a new place or confronted with new phenomena, we have a natural urge to learn about their origins. Stories of this kind – the so-called aitia – can convey a sense of education, of venerable antiquity, of continuity, of religious awe, or they can just be entertaining. In any case, they are as prominent nowadays as they were in antiquity.

In this interdisciplinary conference we want to shed light on the fascination with origins from different perspectives: how is the power of origins employed in historiography, in literature ancient and modern, in art, in religious contexts, in philosophy, or in political debate? We are interested in exploring a wide range of case studies, in order to reflect on our overarching question: what is it that holds the different forms of aitia together? How can we understand this phenomenon in general terms? What is it that makes the origin such a fascinating and powerful form of discourse?

The papers can focus on areas as diverse as rites / cult, language, ktisis-literature, inventions, religion, philosophy, travel literature, toponymics and onomastics et al. Possible overarching questions may include, but are by no means limited to the following:

  • how does aetiology work as a creative process that collapses temporal categories (present/ past) or forges the past by explaining the present from the past?
  • What are the aesthetics involved in creating an origin in different media?
  • Which cognitive patterns are involved in this process?
  • Which forms can the fascination with origins take?
  • What do we know about the temporal and the philosophical notion of ἀρχή?
  • Which role do rationalising tendencies play in the aetiological discourse?

If you are interested in participating, we would ask you to send us an abstract of circa 250 words by June 15, 2018. We would like to circulate the papers one month in advance of the conference and envision a 45 min. session per participant, in which she/he will summarize the pre-circulated paper in 10 mins., with 35 mins. of discussion to follow. An application for funding to cover (part of) the travel and lodging expenses is pending, but participants are also encouraged to enquire for funding options at their home institutions. We envision the possibility of publication.

Please send your abstracts to Athanassios Vergados (athanassios.vergados@newcastle.ac.uk) and Anke Walter (anke.walter@newcastle.ac.uk) by June 15, 2018.


Technepopoiia: between Greek technical poetry and treatises in verse

Call for papers

Although dramatic, lyric, and narrative epic poetry have always been prominent within the main view of what Greek poetry is about, many works do not fit easily within these categories. The poetry of Aratus, the pharmacological poems of Nicander, the elegy of Andromachus, the Oppians’ poems on hunting, fishing and animal wildlife, the geographical poetry of Dionysius of Alexandria: these texts operate on the cusp of art and technicalities, of literature and the preservation and presentation of knowledge. Whereas traditionally they have been labelled didactic poetry, following in the tradition of Hesiod, this didactic frame is only part of what characterises these texts. They challenge traditional ideas about what good poetry should look like, and invite us to think about the distinction between poets venturing into technical subject and specialists expressing themselves in verse. Is poetry merely a convenient vehicle for the preservation of knowledge, or does art serve a more aesthetic purpose? 

This conference, to be held in Soeterbeeck on 12 July 2018 (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands) aims to approach such technical poetry from different viewpoints: as art and as expression of knowledge.

We are particularly interested in scholars working on medical verse (Nicander, Numenius, Andromachus, Marcellus, Damocrates, Carmen de viribus), geographical poetry (Dionysius Periegetes, ps.-Scymnus), astronomical epic (Aratus, ps.-Manetho), poetry on fishing and hunting (the Oppians), the Lithica, and contiguous poems (didactic or technical epigrams, poetry on math etc.).

Questions that may be relevant:

  • is the label ‘didactic poetry’ suitable for all these diverging poems?
  • was presentation in verse aimed at popularizing (contemporary) science?
  • what is the relation between learning, leisure and pleasure as expressed or suggested by these poems?
  • what sort of contexts can we imagine for the presentation of such technical poetry?
  • what is the relation between e.g. medical poetry and medical prose?
  • what is the relation between formal aspects (framing, metre, generic conventions) and contents?
  • to what extent can one distinguish between between scholars writing poetry and poets presenting technical or scholarly knowledge?

Those interested in presenting a paper of ca. 30 minutes are invited to submit a short abstract (with title) of 250 words before 10 May 2018.

This conference is is made possible by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Accommodation is covered; full or partial funding of travel costs is negotiable depending on availability of resources. For further information please contact Floris Overduin (f.overduin@let.ru.nl).

Dr. Floris Overduin

Universitair Docent Oudgrieks

Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur (GLTC)

Radboud Universiteit – Faculteit der Letteren

Erasmusplein 1, kamer E 5.20

Postbus 9103

NL-6500 HD Nijmegen

+ 31 (0)24 –361 6056