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Diodorus Siculus:

Shared Myths, World Community, and Universal History



Diodorus Siculus, the most voluminous historian to survive from classical antiquity, is an important but neglected author. Not only is he our main source for significant periods of Greek, Roman and Sicilian history, he is also one of the few preserved ancient universal historians and one of the only two Hellenistic historians whose work is extant in any substantial part. Moreover, his Bibliotheca, because it is largely based on the works of his predecessors, is a source for the study of many lost Greek historians.


That he has rarely been studied in his own right, despite all of this, is the result of the traditional view that he was a slavish compiler of earlier works. Although Diodorus, like many other ancient historiographers, has been the subject of a (partial) rehabilitation, the question of his independence remains a controversial one.


The programme consists of three keynote addresses and 28 other papers arranged in eight panels: 'Diodorus and his World', 'Writing and Historiography', 'Military History in the Bibliotheca', 'Diodorus and his Sources: the New Quellenforschung', 'Speeches in the Bibliotheca', 'Gods, Heroes and Myths', 'Compositional Techniques', and 'Geography and Ethnography'. These are all topics traditionally covered in the discussion of any ancient historiographer, but — apart from Quellenforschung — they are all under-developed in the study of Diodorus. The panel on Diodorus and his sources will try to look at the problem in new ways, starting from Diodorus' own criteria of selection and methods of composition.


The broad range of panels and papers will allow us to develop a more nuanced picture of Diodorus and the Bibliotheca. In particular, we hope to expand our understanding of Diodorus' historical aims and compositional methods as well as gaining a better appreciation of the dynamic between Diodorus and the lost historiographers who are 'preserved' only by his Bibliotheca. This will open up new avenues of research and constitute a move away from the stalemate which exists between the old and new views on Diodorus. The conference proceedings will be published as a volume in the Studia Hellenistica series (Peeters publishers, Leuven).



Full details are available at


Conference organizers

Lisa Irene Hau, University of Glasgow:

Alexander Meeus, University of Wales Trinity Saint David:

Brian Sheridan, National University of Ireland, Maynooth:







KYKNOS Workshop:
History and Narrative in Hellenistic Historiography


16 and 17 September 2011

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David Lampeter campus



Within the study of Greek historiography, the Hellenistic period remains a neglected one. As authors of historical narratives Diodorus, Dionysius and even Polybius have not received as much attention as their classical counterparts. Many other authors have been preserved only in fragments, but about them too, much more can be said than has been done so far. In fact most of these authors have been largely ignored in studies of Hellenistic literature (even Diodorus, by far the most extensively preserved Hellenistic prose author), and an in-depth overall treatment of Hellenistic historiography remains to be written.


This workshop will deal with the three preserved authors, as well as with a range of fragmentary historians and one of our main sources for their works, the large oeuvre of Plutarch. The workshop aims to make a contribution to our knowledge of the many aspects of Hellenistic historiographical narrative, and thus to move one step closer to a better understanding of this neglected period in which historiography greatly flourished.





Friday 16/9 (Keynote address)


Tim Rood (Oxford), ‘Great Expeditions: Carthage and Sicily in Polybius and Diodorus’


Saturday 17/9


Eran Almagor (Ben Gurion University), ‘Plutarch and the Hellenistic historiographical narrative’


Lisa Hau (Glasgow), ‘The Moral of the Fragmented (Hi)story: mapping the development of moral-didactic historiography from Xenophon to Diodorus Siculus’


Dan Hogg (Cranleigh School), ‘How Roman was Dionysius of Halicarnassus?’


Michele Lucchesi (Oxford), ‘Diodorus on Sparta: narrative strategies in the Bibliotheca historica’


Peter Morton (Edinburgh), ‘A Broken Narrative: Observing History in the Making’


Brian Sheridan (Maynooth), ‘Finding the narrative in a Lost History. What makes a Historian Hellenistic?’


Shane Wallace (Edinburgh), ‘Narrator and Narrative in Diodorus books 18-20’



For further information please contact Alexander Meeus ( Details about registration will be circulated closer to the event.









Giovedì 13 Ottobre 2011, ore 15

Università degli Studi di GENOVA - Facoltà di Lettere

Biblioteca della Sezione Darficlet del DAFIST (via Balbi 4, III piano)


La Prof.ssa EDITH PARMENTIER (Université d'Angers) presenterà il volume "Ex Fragmentis / Per Fragmenta Historiam Tradere". Atti della II Giornata di studio sulla storiografia greca frammentaria (Genova, 8 ottobre 2009), a cura di F. GAZZANO - G. OTTONE - L. SANTI AMANTINI, Tivoli: Edizioni Tored, 2011


Seguirà il Workshop


Prof. STEFAN SCHORN (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): "Fragmente der griechischen Historiker Continued: Konzepte und Probleme"
Prof. FRANCISCO J. GONZÁLEZ PONCE (Universidad de Sevilla): "Los periplógrafos griegos: un proyecto en marcha"
Prof. ANTONIO L. CHÁVEZ REINO (Universidad de Sevilla): "La tradición bibliográfica y el estudio de la historiografía antigua: Historiarum Reliquiae y Bibliotheca Classica Nova"

Presiederanno i lavori
Prof. FRANCO MONTANARI (Università di Genova)
Prof. GUIDO SCHEPENS (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)


Per informazioni: Tel. +39 010 209 9769








Ca' Foscari, Aula Baratto
venerdì 11 novembre 2011, ore 15


nel centenario della nascita di Piero Treves

presentazione del libro

"Le piace Tacito?" Ritratti di storici antichi


di P. Treves
a cura di C. Franco
Aragno Editore, Torino 2011


Indirizzi di saluto


Introduzione: Claudia Antonetti (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)


Interventi: Gino Bandelli (Università di Trieste)


Sandro Gerbi (Milano)


Carlo Franco (Venezia)


Conclusioni: Giovannella Cresci (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)





Xénophon et la rhétorique, Université Paris-Sorbonne,

2-3 décembre 2011



Vendredi 2 décembre 2011

Ouverture du colloque : Alain BILLAULT (directeur de l’EA 1491 et de l’Institut de grec) et Paul DEMONT (directeur de l’Ecole doctorale I Mondes anciens et médiévaux)

I. Discours et rhétorique dans l’Anabase
Christopher TUPLIN (University of Liverpool) : « Talking one's way out of trouble: speech-making in the Anabasis »
Michel NARCY (CNRS, UPR 76) : « Plaidoyer laconique pour Gorgias : Xénophon, Anabase, II, 6, 16-29 » 10h15-10h30 : Discussion
10h30-10h45 : Pause

II. Techniques de la rhétorique
Gianluca CUNIBERTI (Università di Milano) : « L'uso delle interrogative retoriche nella strategia storiografica di Senofonte »
Marie-Pierre NOËL (Université de Montpellier 3) : « Isocrate et Xénophon : technique et usages comparés de l’éloge » 11h45-12h00 : Discussion
12h00-14h45 : Déjeuner

III. Le discours et l’écriture de l’histoire


Mélina TAMIOLAKI (Université de Crète) : « Les discours des Helléniques sont-ils thucydidéens ? » 15h30-16h00

Giovanna DAVERIO ROCCHI (Università di Torino) : « La rhétorique de l’hégémonie dans les Helléniques (livres VI-VII) »
16h00-16h15 : Discussion
16h15-16h45 : Pause

IV. Xénophon, Socrate et la rhétorique
Louis-André DORION (Université de Montréal) : « Le statut et la fonction de la rhétorique dans les écrits socratiques de Xénophon »

Pierre PONTIER (Université de Paris-Sorbonne) : « τάξις : rhétorique et idéal d’ordre dans l’Economique (et ailleurs) » 17h45-18h00 : Discussion

Samedi 3 décembre 2011

V. La rhétorique et les traité
Noreen HUMBLE (University of Calgary) : « Re-examining the rhetorical style of the Spartan Constitution »


Alexandre BLAINEAU (Université de Rennes 2) : « La place de la rhétorique dans les traités techniques (Hipparque, Art équestre) »
10h-10h15 : Discussion
10h15-10h45 : Pause

VI. Rhétorique et écriture dans la Cyropédie
Paul DEMONT (Université de Paris-Sorbonne) : « Remarques sur la technique du dialogue dans la Cyropédie »
Roberto NICOLAI (Université di Roma La Sapienza) : « Ciro oratore e i suoi maestri » 11h45-12h00 : Discussion 12h00-13h30 : Déjeuner

VII. Le style de Xénophon et sa réception par les rhéteurs


Michel CASEVITZ (Université de Paris Ouest-Nanterre) : « Remarques sur le vocabulaire des opuscules de Xénophon »

14h00-14h30 Pierre CHIRON (Université de Paris Est-Créteil Val de Marne) : « Xénophon ou l’abeille attique »
14h30-14h45 : Discussion
14h45-15h15 : Pause

Laurent PERNOT (Université de Strasbourg) : « La réception de Xénophon: quel modèle pour quels orateurs? »
Vivienne GRAY (University of Auckland) : « Xenophon’s vocabulary : after Gautier » (ou « Xenophon’s plain style: greatness understated »).
16h15-16h30 : Discussion et fin du colloque




Institute of Classical Studies, Ancient History Seminar Series, Summer 2012


The Shaping of the Past: Greek Historiography, Mythography, and Epigraphic Memory



Organisers: Christy Constantakopoulou and Maria Fragoulaki,

Thursdays 4:30, Institute of Classical Studies, Room G22/26, Senate House

Please note: the seminar of 26 April will take place in Room 349, Senate House (Painted Ceiling room)


26 April
Bob Fowler (Bristol), ‘Mythography and the Intellectual Landscape of Fifth-Century Greece’

[Room change: Room 349, Senate House (Painted Ceiling room)]

3 May
Christy Constantakopoulou (Birkbeck) ‘Local Historiography and the Uses of the Past’

10 May
Tom Harrison (Liverpool), ‘On Not Learning from the Past’

17 May
Joseph Skinner (Liverpool), ‘Writing Culture: Historiography, Hybridity and the Shaping of the Past’

24 May
Maria Fragoulaki (Birkbeck), ‘Why Mykalessos? Religion and Intertextuality in Thucydides’

31 May
Polly Low (Manchester), ‘Commemoration, Destruction, and the Reshaping of Memory in Athenian Inscriptions’

7 June
Nino Luraghi (Princeton and Konstanz), ‘Presentism in Ephoros: The Return of the Heraclidae in Fourth-century Greece’



Dionysius of Halicarnassus and Augustan Rome


31 May and 1 June 2012

International Conference, Leiden University



The Greek rhetorician and historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus settled in Rome in 30 BC. His rhetorical works, critical essays and history of early Rome (Roman Antiquities) are inextricably linked with the culture of Augustan Rome. In recent years, there has been a remarkable revival of interest in Dionysius. This international conference brings together the leading specialists in Dionysian scholarship: scholars working on rhetoric, literary criticism, Greek historiography and Roman culture. The conference aims to interpret the works of an important Greek scholar within the cultural, political and literary context of Augustan Rome.


Conference Website



Jeroen Bons (Utrecht University): ‘Dionysius on Isocrates’
Michael Edwards (University of Wales, Lampeter): ‘Dionysius on Isaeus’
Matthew Fox (University of Glasgow): ‘The Roman polis in Dionysius’
Dan Hogg (Cranleigh School): ‘How Roman are the Antiquities?’
Richard Hunter (Cambridge University): ‘Dionysius and the Idea of the Critic’
Casper de Jonge (Leiden University): ‘Composition in Augustan Rome. Dionysius, Horace and Longinus’
Stephen Oakley (Cambridge University): ‘The Invention of Detail in the Roman Antiquities’
Christopher Pelling (Oxford University): ‘Dionysius and Regime Change’
James I. Porter (University of California, Irvine): ‘Dionysius and the Sublime Style’
Clemence Schultze (Durham University): ‘Ways of Killing Women. Dionysius on Horatia and Lucretia’
Antony Spawforth (Newcastle University): ‘Dionysius, Declamation, and Augustan Cultural Politics’
Laura Viidebaum (Cambridge University): ‘Dionysius and Lysias’ Charm’
Nicolas Wiater (University of St. Andrews): ‘Parahistory: Language, Time, and Historical Consciousness in Dionysian criticism’
Harvey Yunis (Rice University, Houston): ‘Dionysius and Contemporaries on Demosthenes’



Registration for this conference is now open. There are various options:

  1. There is a limited number of places available for colleagues and students who would like to attend the conference papers on Thursday 31 May and / or Friday 1 June. Location: Gravensteen, Pieterskerkhof 6 in Leiden (45 seats). Single day rate (including lunch and refreshments) = 25 euro.
  2. Two keynote lectures are open to the general public: both lectures will take place in the Klein Auditorium of the Academy Building, Rapenburg 73 in Leiden:

    - Thursday 31 May at 4.00 pm: Professor Christopher Pelling (Oxford): ‘Dionysius and Regime Change’

    - Friday 1 June at 4.00 pm: Professor Richard Hunter (Cambridge): ‘Dionysius and the Idea of the Critic’

Both keynote lectures will be followed by a reception. Participants are kindy requested to organize their own accomodation. A list of hotels in Leiden is available. A detailed programme will be circulated in due course. The conference is generously sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.



If you are interested to attend the conference or one of the keynote lectures, please contact Casper de Jonge (







Possessing the Past: Themes in Historiography

Postgraduate/Early Career Research Conference


Saturday June 23rd - Sunday June 24th 2012

University of Liverpool



Academic treatment of any historical problem entails a proper appreciation both of the relevant primary evidence and of the framework of understanding established by earlier scholarship. Historiography – the study of the way in which evidence and the interpretation of evidence present themselves to the historian – is therefore an essential component of all historical investigations.


In the last thirty years many historically oriented disciplines have seen an immense growth in the study of historiography and a number of themes have begun to emerge. The purpose of this conference will be to identify and elucidate some of these common themes, reflect on the role they play in current research in the fields of Classics, English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Politics, and seek to advance an inter-disciplinary understanding of the issues they raise for students of history, intellectual thought and literary representation.


We are therefore inviting postgraduates and early career post-doctoral researchers to submit paper abstracts on topics likely to contribute to a better and broader understanding of current historiographical activity.

Such topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:

• Philosophical discourse on the nature of history
• Ethnography as history
• The changing role of the historian/philosopher
• Polemic and self justification
• Alternative narratives and the limits of historiography
• The impact of religion and custom on historiography
• Methodologies and the historian’s reason
• Literary texts as historical sources


Papers will be 20 minutes in length and those accepted for presentation at the conference will be included in revised form in a peer-reviewed online publication. Those interested in being included in the programme are asked to contact Jason Wickham (, indicating name, current institution (if applicable), year of study or position, paper title, and including an abstract of approximately 250 – 300 words. The deadline is Friday February 10th 2012. Space in the programme is limited, and an early response is therefore advisable.





Thucydides our Contemporary?

University of Bristol, Thursday 28th - Friday 29th June


A major international conference on the reception and influence of Thucydides in the modern world

Including a public lecture on Friday 29th by: Hunter R. Rawlings III, President of the Association of American Universities: "A Possession for All Time: why Thucydides matters so much"

The Athenian historian Thucydides (c.460-c.395 BCE) claimed that his account of the Peloponnesian War would be 'a possession for ever', valued by posterity more than by his contemporaries. The history of his text's reception since the Renaissance has proved him entirely correct; not only has his work continued to be read, by historians, political thinkers, philosophers, international relations theorists and many others, but Thucydides himself has been seen as ever more prescient and modern. This international conference, part of the work of the AHRC-funded research project on 'Thucydides: reception, reinterpretation and influence', will explore the way his work has shaped ideas about how to understand the world, and his continuing role as an authority on history, politics and war.

Keynote Speakers: Clifford Orwin (Toronto); Arlene Saxonhouse (Michigan)

Key Themes: Translation and Education; History and Historiography; International Relations; Politics and Political Theory

Speakers: Greg Crane, Jon Hesk, Edward Keene, Christine Lee, Aleka Lianeri, Gerry Mara, Jeremy Mynott, Claudia Rammelt, Liz Sawyer, Oliver Schelske, James Sullivan, Thom Workman.

Numbers on the conference are strictly limited: please contact Neville Morley ( as soon as possible to reserve a place.

There will be a conference fee of £25 (£10 for graduate students) to cover lunch and refreshments.

The public lecture is free to attend, but we do ask that you let us know if you are intending to come.

Further information will be available at:





Caesar: Writer, Speaker and Linguist

Amherst College, 13-15 September 2012


This conference brings together the contributors to The Cambridge Companion to Caesar, co-edited by Luca Grillo (Amherst College) and Christopher Krebs (Stanford University). In accordance with the aim of Cambridge Companions, the conference aims simultaneously to advance research on Caesar and to make it available to a broader public. Specifically, we want to further the appreciation of Caesar as a versatile intellectual, by taking various approaches – narratological, rhetorical, linguistic, and historical – to his oeuvre. Caesar as general and politician still fascinates the general public and scholars alike, as he has for generations. But contemporaries also celebrated him as a leading intellectual, and we can still discern this Caesar in the fragments of his orations, linguistic treatises, and polemic pamphlets, letters to friends and the senate, and, of course, his famous Commentaries. This Caesar has most recently started to enjoy a much-deserved comeback, as proved by recent publications and by his inclusion in the new AP Latin programs; but much more work remains to be done.

Contributors include:

P. Asso (Michigan), W. Batstone (Ohio State), H. van der Blom (Oxford), G. Bucher (Creighton), M. Carter (Western Ontario), M. Chassignet (Strasburg), A. Corbeill (Kansas), J. Ebbeler (Austin Texas), J. F. Gaertner (Harvard), L. Grillo (Amherst), A. Johnston (Yale), C. Kraus (Yale), K. Krebs (Stanford), A. Melchior (Puget Sound), D. Nousek (Western Ontario), G. Pezzini (Oxford), S. Phang (independent scholar), L. Pitcher (Oxford), K. Raaflaub (Brown), A. Riggsby (Austin Texas), J. Ruepke (Erfurt), H. Schadee (Princeton), and J. Thorne (Manchester).

To register for the conference, please contact Luca Grillo; there is no registration fee, but lunch and coffee will cost $20 for one day (either Friday or Saturday) and $35 for both. For lodging in Amherst, see:

Tentative schedule:

Thursday 13, Amherst College, place TBA

5.30-7 Key-note Address

Caesar, Literature and Politics at the End of the Republic, K. Raaflaub
The Drama of the Narrative in Caesar's Commentarii, C. Kraus

Friday 14, Amherst College, place TBA

8.30 Welcome and Introduction, Grillo and Krebs

Section 1: Literature and Politics

9-9.30 Caesar Constructing Caesar, W. Batstone
9.30-10 Caesar, Gods and Stars, J. Rüpke (in absentia)
10-10.30 Propaganda inside and outside the Commentarii,C. B. Krebs
10.30-11 The Politics of Geography, A. Riggsby
11-11.15 coffee break
11.15-11.45 Fighting for Rome, Fighting for Caesar? W. Batstone
11.45-12.15 Nostri and “the Other(s),” A. Johnston
12.15-12.45 De-gendering Caesar, S. Phang
12.45-2.00 lunch
2-2.30 Invective, Wit and Irony, A. Corbeill
2.30-3 general discussion on section 1
3-3.15 break

Section 2: Genre and Generic Contamination

3.15-3.45 The Commentarii, D. Nousek
3.45-4.14 Caesar's Poetry in its Context, M. Carter
4.14-4.45 The Orations, H. van der Blom
4.45-5 coffee break
5-5.30 The Man of Letters: Caesar's epistles, J. Ebbeler
5.30-6 Caesar the Linguist: The Debate about the Latin Language, G. Pezzini (in absentia)
6-6.30 general discussion on section 2

Saturday 15, Amherst College, place TBA

8.45-9 Welcome and Introduction to Day 2 and Section 3, Grillo and Krebs

Section 3: Rhetoric, Language and Style

9-9.30 (Re-)writing Latin: Caesar's language in theory and practice, C. B. Krebs
9.30-10 Intertextuality and Other Literary Techniques: 3 Case Studies, A. Melchior
10-10.30 Speeches in the Commentarii, L. Grillo
10.30-11 general discussion on section 3
11-11.15 coffee break

Section 4: Sources and Nachleben

11.15-11.45 Caesar and his Sources, G. Bucher (in absentia)
11.45-12.15 Caesar and Greek Historians, L. Pitcher (in absentia)
12.15-12.45 Caesar and Roman Historians, M. Chassignet (in absentia)
12.45-2 Lunch: The Corpus Caesarianum, J. F. Gaertner
2-2.30 Narrating the Gallic and Civil Wars: Caesar as a historical source, J. Thorne (in absentia)
2.30-3 Caesar and Lucan, P. Asso (to be confirmed)
3-3.30 Caesar and Tacitus, C. S. Kraus
3.30-4 The General as a Writer: Caesar in military and political memoirs, H. Schadee (to be confirmed)
4-4.30 general discussion on section 4

4.30-5 wine and cheese

5-6 final discussion and closing remarks

For further information, please contact Luca Grillo or Christopher Krebs





Knowing Future Time in and through Greek Historiography


Department of Classics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


7-9 June 2013



Future time had a peculiar position in both Greek historiography and the genealogies of historical thought generated through its reception. On the one hand, as Arnaldo Momigliano noted, “the future did not loom large in the work of Greek historians”, especially in comparison with Roman, Judeo-Christian or modern historiography. Indeed, in a context wherein interpretations of oracles and divine signs posited prediction as a key part of cultural conceptions of time, while mythical temporality offered an ethical basis for linking past, present and future, Greek historical thought may be seen as produced on the basis of resistance to narratives of future time and prediction. On the other hand, both the concept of knowing the future and specific claims to such knowledge were never banished. Herodotus has been read as anticipating the future of the Peloponnesian war, when he warned about the catastrophic nature of Persian imperialism; he embraced the memorializing nature and ethical dimension of mythical traditions; and deployed interpretations of dreams and oracles throughout his narrative (without, however, offering a historiographical category of correct interpretation). Thucydides began his work with a prediction about the greatness of the war to come and prefigured his reception by proclaiming his investigation to be a possession for all time. Xenophon’s history was delimited by two categories of future time in the genre of historiography itself: it began by setting itself in the time after Thucydides incomplete history of the Peloponnesian War and concluded by anticipating its own continuation. In a different context, Polybius’ account of the fate of political regimes elaborated future time in both philosophical and historical terms, setting up a category of the politics of time that often mediated the reception of Greek historians and continued to reverberate in modern historiographical and political thought.

The conference seeks to discuss the philosophical, narrative, ethical and political articulations of future time in Greek historiography and reflect on the repercussions of this category in modern genealogies of historical thought. How was the quest for knowing the future inscribed in or resisted by Greek historiography? What was the position of future time in regimes of historicity whose dominant orientation focused on past and present? What were the ethics and politics of future time in Greek historiography and the modern genealogies of history that evoked Greek antiquity as their inaugural moment?

Friday 7 June

9:00-11:00 Theorising Future Time in Greek Historical Thought

Jonas Grethlein (University of Heidelberg) Futures Past in Ancient Historiography.

Catherine Darbo-Peschanski (EHESS) Le futur et la logique de la clôture dans l’historiographie grecque.

Εmily Greenwood (Yale University) Futures Real and Unreal in Greek Historiography: From Herodotus to Plato.

11:30-13:30 Future Time in Classical Historical Thought, I

Katharina Wesselmann (University of Basel) Herodotus and Mythical Temporalities.

Τim Rood (University of Oxford) Thucydidean Futures and their Reception.

Karen Bassi (University of California, Santa Cruz) Fading into the Future: Visibility and Legibility in Thucydides History.

15:30-16:50 Future Time in Classical Historical Thought, II

Antonis Tsakmakis (University of Cyprus) Narrative Prolepsis and Historical Interpretation in Xenophon's Hellenica.

Emily Baragwanath (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Knowing Future Time in Xenophon’s Anabasis

Saturday 8 June

9:00-11:00 Hellenistic Historians and Polybius

Nicolas Wiater (University of St. Andrews) Temporal Fragmentation, Insecurity and Lack of Closure in Polybius' Histories.

Nikos Miltsios (University of Thessaloniki) Knowledge and Foresight in Polybius.

Christopher Pelling (University of Oxford) Preparing for Posterity's Judgment: Polybius and Dionysius.

11:30-13:30 Looking Back and Forward: Greek Historiography and the Future in Historians of Roman Times, I

Lawrence Kim (Trinity University) The ‘Future’ in Imperial Ancient Literary History: Dionysius, Plutarch, Philostratus.

Paolo Desideri (University of Firenze) Plutarch on the Future of an Ancient World.

Luke Pitcher (University of Oxford) Future's Bright? Looking Forward in Appian and Others.

15:30-16:50 Looking Back and Forward: Greek Historiography and the Future in Historians of Roman Times, II

Melina Tamiolaki (University of Crete) Writing for Posterity in Ancient Historiography: Lucian’s Perspective.

Dennis Pausch (University of Regensburg) On the Shoulders of Greeks? Future Time in Livy’s ab urbe condita.

Sunday 9 June 2013

9:00-10:20 Greek Historians and Future Time in Christian and Modern Historiography

Peter van Nuffelen (University of Ghent) No Light from the Future. The Impenetrable Present in Christian Historiography.

Antonis Liakos (University of Athens) Changing the Structure of Historical time: Comments on a Title Page Engraved by Rubens in 1632.


Aviezer Tucker (University of Texas, Austin) Ancient and Modern Historiography: A Probable Difference.

Garry Trompf (University of Sydney) The Cycle of Governments as Confirmation, Judgement and Prediction in Modern European Thought

Alexandra Lianeri (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) Future Time and Historical Method in Ancient and Modern Historiography.

12:45-14:00 Roundtable Discussion

Jonas Grethlein, Alexandra Lianeri, Oswyn Murray, Chris Pelling, Antoniοs Rengakos, Kostas Vlassopoulos

Conference co-discussants: Oswyn Murray, Kostas Vlassopoulos

Organizing committee Jonas Grethlein, Alexandra Lianeri, Antonios Rengakos

(For further information please see the website:






The Past in the Present

Interpreting Herodotus after Charles W. Fornara

Columbia University, September 20-22 2013


Fornara’s Herodotus. An Interpretative Essay stands out in Herodotean scholarship, in particular for locating Herodotus in the context of the Atheno-Peloponnesian war and for its exploration of the Athens-Sparta conflict as a ‘red thread’ running through the Histories. It also includes penetrating discussion of other issues: the relative unity of Herodotus’ work, the relationship between ethnographies and historical narrative; and the significance of ‘patterning’ within the Histories, the way (in Fornara’s words) in which ‘history became moral and Herodotus didactic’.

Forty years on from the publication of Herodotus. An Interpretative Essay, this conference brings together a group of international scholars with varying approaches and interpretative skills into dialogue with one another, to look afresh at the themes of Fornara’s Essay in the light of the scholarship of the intervening years.

If you would like to attend the conference, or if you have any queries, please contact the organisers, Tom Harrison ( or Liz Irwin (

This conference is funded by the Stanwood Cockey Lodge Fund of the Department of Classics, The University Seminar in Classical Civilization, the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (Columbia University), and the John Percival Postgate Trust (University of Liverpool)



Reinhold Bichler

Charles Fornara and Herodotus Book II. The question of unity and development


Ewen Bowie

The lesson of Book 2


John Dillery

Hecataeus and Herodotus


Christopher Tuplin

Dogs that do not (always) bark: Herodotus on Persian Egypt.


Robert Rollinger & Josef Wiesehoefer

Herodotus and the Persian empire. The transformation of Ancient Near Eastern motifs


P.J. Rhodes

Herodotus and democracy


Wolfgang Blösel

Herodotus and Sparta


Kai Ruffing

Herodotus and the Battle of Plataiai


Jonas Grethlein

Past and present in Herodotus' Histories


Thomas Harrison

The moral of history


Joseph Skinner

The world of Herodotus


Emily Greenwood

History on the move


Liz Irwin

Herodotus’ last logos


Discussants include Charles Fornara, Adele Scafuro, Lucia Athanassaki, and John Moles





                     The Afterlife of Herodotus and Thucydides

The Warburg Institute and the Institute of Classical Studies will be hosting an international conference on the Afterlife of Herodotus and Thucydides in London on 6-7 March 2014.

Organised by: Peter Mack (Warburg Institute) and John North (Institute of Classical Studies)

Speakers will include: Gaston Javier Basile (Buenos Aires), Reinhold Bichler (Innsbruck), Andrea Ceccarelli (Sapienza Rome), Giovanna Cesarani (Stanford), Ben Early (Bristol), Mordechai Feingold (California Institute of Technology), Adam Foley (Notre Dame, US), Juan Carlos Iglesias-Zoido (de Extremadura, Spain), Elizabeth Jeffreys (Oxford), Luca Iori (Parma), Neville Morley (Bristol), John Richards (Ohio State, US), Tim Rood (Oxford) and Vasiliki Zali (UCL)

Two day conferences: £40 (£25 for concessionary rate for full-time students/retired)

For further information visit:


NB: online registration closes 24 HOURS BEFORE the start of each conference



Historia Magistra Vitae: Moral and Didactic Concerns
in Greek and Roman Historiography



Moralising passages in ancient historiography are usually treated with scorn in modern scholarship, in line with Ranke’s historicist programme that the historian merely has to show what happened without judging the past or drawing lessons from it. As a result of this, the importance of moralising in ancient historiography often seems to be rather underestimated or even to be treated as an embarrassment. Thus, the role of moralising in a well-respected author like Thoukydides is usually downplayed or even ignored, and a maligned author like Diodoros is often considered exceptional because of his fundamentally didactic conception of history (e.g. Drews 1962). Moreover, some authors, such as Xenophon, have been denied the aim of writing history because of their moral interests (e.g. Grayson 1975), and the entire subgenre of biography has been excluded from historiography because it is allegedly ‘an ethical, not historical, form’ (Fornara 1983).
Building on recent work in this direction (e.g. Eckstein 1995; Pownall 2004), the aim of this workshop is to help redress the balance by studying aspects of the omnipresence of moralism and didacticism in ancient historiography (cf. Polybios I 1.1-2), its place within Greek and Roman culture, and its evolution from the origins of ancient historical writing until the later Roman Empire. The questions that will be addressed include the purposes of moralising in ancient historiography, moralising techniques in narrative and speeches, the explanatory power of the moral dimension in historiography, and the relationship between history and tragedy.


organisation: Lisa Hau (Glasgow) and Alexander Meeus (Leuven)




10.30-11.00 coffee and welcome


11.00-12.55 session 1

- Alexander Meeus (Leuven), Introduction

- Tom Harrison (Liverpool), ‘Herodotus and the moral of history’

- Ian Ruffell (Glasgow), ‘Learning from Suffering? Thucydides, tragedy and didactic’

- Emily Baragwanath (Chapel Hill), ‘Moralizing Mania: Widow Rulers and Ethical Explanation in Xenophon’


12.55-14.00 lunch

14.00-15.45 session 2

- Lisa Hau (Glasgow), ‘How to moralise and get away with it: macro, micro, and minimalist moralising in the Greek historiographers’

- Matthew Fox (Glasgow), ‘Learning from the past and the hermeneutic circle (with reference to Sallust and Livy)’

- Clemence Schulze (Durham), tba


15.45-16.10 tea/coffee


16.10-17.00 session 3
- Christopher Burden-Strevens (Glasgow), ‘Cassius Dio's Maxims and Fables: The Value of Moralising to Historical Narrative’

- Concluding discussion


The workshop will take place in the Murray Room, Department of Classics, 65 Oakfield Avenue, Glasgow G12 8LP.


Participation is free, but please notify Alexander Meeus ( before the 2nd of May if you wish to attend, so that we know the numbers for catering.




Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014

Friday June 27 at 16:30 in room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London,


Monica Berti, Greta Franzini & Simona Stoyanova (Leipzig)

The Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series and Digital Fragmenta
Historicorum Graecorum Projects



The Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS) is a new collaborative
project that seeks to create open electronic editions of ancient works
that survive only through quotations and text re-uses in later texts.
The large diversity and dispersion of these materials entreats a dynamic
infrastructure which fully supports and represents the relationships
between sources, citations and annotations. LOFTS links fragments to the
source text from which they are drawn, and aligns them to multiple
editions and translations, thus providing an enhanced understanding of
the fragmentary textual heritage it showcases.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.
For more information see the seminar website at





                                                CFP: Conference on Plutarch
                                                     11-12 September, 2014
                                                  University of Edinburgh


Plutarch has, over the last thirty years, been the subject of an
increasingly serious and creative study. Plutarch's attraction partly stems
from his diverse portrayal of past and present, as he is simultaneously
philosopher and historian, entertainer and moralist, husband and politician.
As such, his value to our understanding of antiquity is as great as his
subject matter is wide. This conference is intended to reflect not only the
range of Plutarch's interests, but also the different ways by which we, as
modern scholars, may study his various themes.

We are currently accepting abstracts of up to 350 words from postgraduates
and early career professionals. We welcome papers that consider Plutarch and
his works from any perspective, ranging from literary, philological,
historiographical, philosophical, archeological, or any other angle that you
may judge significant in the study of Plutarch and his reception. We also
strongly encourage interdisciplinary papers. Papers will be 30 minutes long,
with 15 minutes for questions.

Please send your abstract by 23 June, 2014 to We are
happy to answer any questions you may have in the meantime.

Raphaëla Dubreuil

Devin Oliver

University of Edinburgh





Hosted by the Aristotle University at Thessaloniki

September 11-12, 2014

Tentative Program

Thursday, September 11

9.00-9.30: Welcome Reception

9.30-10.00 Opening Remarks: Antonios Rengakos

Panel A: Historiography and Poetry

10.00: Giulia Donelli, Herodotus and Greek Lyric Poetry
10.25: Enrico Corti, Tragic Words: Herodotus on the Tragic Murder of Atys,
Son of Croesus (Hdt. I 34-45)
10.50: Smaro Nikolaidou, Between Poetry and History: Aristotle Poetics
1451a 36-1451b
11.15: Scott Farrington, Phylarchus the Tragedian: Shock and Awe

11.40: Coffee Break

Panel B: Historiography, Myth, and the Distortion of Reality

12.00: Victoria Rotar, Historical Reliability of Poetry as a Source for
Diodorus Siculus&
12.25: Carol Atack, Metaphor and Meaning in the Political Myths of
12.50: Ioannis Konstantakos, Cambyses and the Sacred Bull (Herodotus 3.28-
29 and 64): Oriental Fiction and Propaganda behind Historical Narrative
13.15: Emilia Ndiaye, The Warrior and the Druid in Caesarʼs Bellum
Gallicum: A Literary Manipulation

13.40: Lunch

Panel C: Historiography and Epic

15.00: Vera Mariantonia Grossi, Thucydides and Poetry: Ancient Remarks on
the Vocabulary and Structure of Thucydidesʼ History
15.25: Veronica Shi, Exploiting the Epic Voice: Livy and Ennius on the
foundation of Rome
15.50: Ana Rodriguez-Mayorgas, Romancing Hispania: History to Epic in
Silius Italicusʼ Punica

16.15: Coffee Break

Panel D: Theory/Philosophy

16.35: Alexander Meeus, The Interplay of Literature, History and Science in
Antiquity and Today
17.00: Lisa Irene Hau, Reading History: For Knowledge, Enjoyment, or
17.25: Mario Baumann, No one can look at them without feeling pity&#8221;:
συμπάθεια and the Reader in Diodorusʼ Bibliotheke
17.50: Martins Anderson, Ciceroʼs Historia Ornata: Fact and Fiction in Roman

Friday, September 12

9.00: Tea/Coffee

Panel A: Narrative/Narratology

9.30: Vasileios Liotsakis, Thucydides: Interpretative Principles
Generating Narrative Inconsistencies
9.55: Eugenie Fournel, Dream Narratives in Plutarchʼs Lives: The Place of
Fiction in Biography
10.20: Caroline Kroon, Fiction and History in Tacitusʼ Annals: A
Linguistic-Narratological Analysis of the Pisonian Conspiracy (Tac. A.
10.45: Philip Waddell, Carthago Deleta: Alternate Realities and Meta-
history in Appianʼs Libyca

11.10: Coffee Break

Panel B: Speeches

11.30: Stefan Feddern,Thucydidesʼ Programmatic Statements about his
Speeches (1.22.1): A Theory of Fictionality?
11.55: Suzanne Adema, Speech and Thought in Latin War Narratives: Forms,
Functions and Ideological Interpretations&
12.20: Guillermo Aprile, The Dramatic Staging of Speeches in Curtius Rufus&
12.45: Alan Ross, Between Panegyric and Invective: Libanius, Gregory
Nazianzen and Ammianus on Julianʼs Persian expedition

13.10: Lunch

Panel C: Historical Authority and Ideology
14.30: Valeria Sergueenkova, Counting, Calculating and Constructing the
Past in Herodotusʼ Histories&
14.55: Edward Harris, Trials and Justice in Thucydides and Xenophonʼs
15.20: Pauline Duch, Suetoniusʼ Building of his Historiographical

15.45: Coffee Break

Panel D: Intertextuality
16.00: Katie Low, Self-Allusion and Historiographical Intertextuality:
Histories 1 and Annals
16.25: Debra Nousek, In the Shadow of Caesar: Aulus Hirtius and the
16.50: Jacob Morton, μείζω τ&#8134;ς προσδοκίας or praeclara ante excidium?:
Polybius, Livy, and the Greece Paulus Saw in 167 B.C.
17.15: Tim Rood, Keynote Address, Thucydides and Homeric Scholarship

The conference will convene at the President Hotel in Athens, Greece
( Anyone who wishes to attend the conference is asked to
express their intention to the organizers, Scott Farrington
( and Vasileios Liotsakis (




The Roman Civil Wars of 49-30 BCE:                                                            Kavala 2014


Monday 25 August

15:30-16:00 Introduction

16:00-17:30 Panel I: Constructions of a Global Nature

Hannah Cornwell, “The Construction of One’s Enemies in Civil War”

Stefano Poletti, “The Flight from Rome in Jan. 49 BC: Rhetorical Patterns of the Historical and Literary Sources”

Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy, “Divination as a Liability in the Roman Civil Wars”

17:30-18:00 Coffee break

18:00-19:00 Panel II: Transformations of Self and Other

Ida Östenberg, “The Sons of Caesar: Parricide and Civil War”

Mark Heerink, “Valerius Flaccus, Virgil, and the Transformation of Civil War”

20:30- Dinner

Tuesday 26 August

8:30-12:30 Visit to Philippi

13:00-15:00 Lunch

16:00-17:30 Panel III: Individual Reactions and Constructions

Marius Gerhardt, “Velleius Paterculus and the Roman Civil Wars”

Antonino Pitta, “Varro on Civil War”

Jennifer Gerrish, “Historians in the Histories: Sallust as the Voice of Civil War”

20:30- Dinner

Wednesday 27 August

9:30-10:30 Panel IV: Finances and Traditional Politics: Epigraphy and Prosopography

Sven Günther, “Financing the Civil Wars – The Case of Duties and Taxes”

Anna Miaçzewska, “Quintus Fufius Calenus: A Forgotten Career”

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:00 Panel V: Foreign Relations and Imperial Governance

Robin Hämmerling, “Marcus Antonius and his Near East policy after the battle of Philippi (42-40 BC)”

Hendrikus van Wijlick, “Between Rome and Parthia: The Political Conduct of Kingdoms and Principalities in the Eastern Mediterranean from 49 until 31 BC”

12:00-12:30 Closing discussion

13:00-15:00 Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Oceanis, Kavala

Queries and manifestations of interest should be addressed to Richard Westall (





The Faculties of Classics and Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford are pleased to announce and cordially invite scholars, students and the general public to participate in the following event:

                                 International and Interdisciplinary Conference
                 Historical Consciousness and Historiography (3000 BC–AD 600)

                      Merton College, University of Oxford, 17–19 September 2014

Despite ancient and modern critical attempts to separate formal historiography from other conceptions and representations of the past (e.g. myths, legends, folktales), the interpenetration between these strands of historical thinking has been observed in many fields of antiquity. For example, mythological and legendary materials are often present in historiographical sources, while historical events or characters are frequently mythologized in literary traditions. Yet, much remains to be explored in early relations and ongoing interactions between formal historiography and other cognitive and interpretative registers of human reckoning with the past, as well as in the implications of these interactions.

This conference brings together twenty experts, representing twelve research institutions, from Anthropology, Assyriology & Sumerology, Biblical & Jewish Studies, Classics, East Asian Studies, Egyptology, Hittitology, and Indo-European Studies to address three main issues: (1) the ways different traditions of historical consciousness informed or contributed to the rise of formal historiography; (2) the ways formal historiography and other traditions of historical consciousness interacted during their transmission; and (3) the implications of such interactions for cultural heritage, collective memory, and later understandings of history.

To read more about the conference theme, please visit:

Speakers and Presentation Topics

Nick Allen (Anthroplogy), University of Oxford:
‘Secession of Plebs, Secession of Achilles: Roman Pseudo-history and Indo-European Heritage’
John Baines (Egyptology), University of Oxford:
‘History and Historiography in the Material World: An Ancient Egyptian Perspective’
Emily Baragwanath (Classics), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:
‘Myth and History Entwined: Female Agency and Fraternal Strife in the Greek Historians’
Richard Buxton (Classics), University of Bristol:
The Cyclopes: Myth and Historiography’
Ken Dowden (Classics), University of Birmingham:
‘Tlepolemos, and the Dialectic of Mythology and History’
Amir Gilan (Hittitology), Tel Aviv University:
‘The Hittites and Their Past—Forms of Historical Consciousness in Hittite Anatolia’
Jonas Grethlein (Classics), University of Heidelberg:
‘Alternative Versions in Pindar and Herodotus’
Christina Kraus (Classics), Yale University:
‘Fabula and History in Livy’s Narrative of the Capture of Veii’
Alasdair Livingstone (Assyriology), University of Birmingham:
‘The Animal and Profession Taboos’
Peter Machinist (Hebrew Bible/Assyriology), Harvard University:
‘Periodization in Biblical Historiography: With Help from Mesopotamia’
Dirk Meyer (Chinese Studies), University of Oxford:
‘Shangshu Speeches’
Piotr Michalowski (Sumerology/Assyriology), University of Michigan:
‘The Domestication of Stranger Kings: Making History by List in Ancient Mesopotamia’
Na’aman Nadav (Jewish Studies), Tel Aviv University:
‘Writing the Early History of Israel as a Decisive Step in the Formation of “Biblical Israel”’
Christopher Pelling (Classics), University of Oxford:
‘Waiting for Herodotus: the Mindsets of 425’
Tim Rood (Classics), University of Oxford:
‘Thucydides, Myth, and Ethnography’
David Schaberg (Chinese Studies), University of California, Los Angeles:
‘The Scene of Inquiry in Early Chinese Historiography’
Rosalind Thomas (Classics), University of Oxford:
‘Historical Consciousness and the “Aetiology”’
Henriette van der Blom (Classics), University of Glasgow/University of Oxford:
‘Mythmaking and Turning Points: Cicero’s Creation of an Oratorical Past at Rome’
Tim Whitmarsh (Classics), University of Oxford/University of Cambridge:
‘Atheist Histories and the Resistance to Empire’
Roger Woodard (Classics & Indo-European Studies), University at Buffalo, SUNY:
‘Coriolanus: Writing the Primitive Dysfunctional Warrior into the History of Republican Rome’


Planning Team Members

John Baines, Emeritus Professor of Egyptology, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford
Samuel Chen, Research Fellow in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Wolfson College, Oxford
Christopher Pelling, Regius Professor of Greek, Faculty of Classics, Oxford
Timothy Rood, University Lecturer in Classics, Faculty of Classics, Oxford
Henriette van der Blom, Lecturer in Classics, University of Glasgow/Wolfson College, Oxford
Kresimir Vukovic, D.Phil. Candidate in Classics, Merton College, Oxford


Chief Organiser: Samuel Chen
Assistant Organisers: Kathryn Kelley (D.Phil. Candidate in Assyriology, St Cross College, Oxford); Kresimir Vukovic

Funding and Supporting Organisations

The Faculty of Classics, the Craven Fund; The Faculty of Oriental Studies; John Fell OUP Research Fund; The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities; Lancelyn Green Fund, Merton College; the Corpus Christi College Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity; and Maison Française d’Oxford.

Costs & Registration

Due to the limited capacity of the conference venue, places are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration is now open until Sunday 14 September 2014. To access information about costs and to register, please visit the following link:


Dr Samuel Chen, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD, United Kingdom
Email:; Contact Phone: +(44)7956 694962

For further details, please visit the conference webpage:





9.00-9.10: opening - Peter Van Nuffelen
Space(s) for empire
9.10-9.50: H. Leppin (Goethe University Frankfurt) - The Roman Empire in John of Ephesus‘ historiography
9.50-10.30: M. Humphries (Swansea University) - Empire and Beyond: Concepts of Space in the Latin Christian Historiographical Tradition (4th-5th centuries)
10.30-11.00: coffee break
11.00-11.40: D. Engels (Université Libre de Bruxelles) – Historiography and Space in Sassanid Historical Memory
11.40-12.10: T. Greenwood (University of St. Andrews) - Being in Between? Armenia in late Antiquity
12.10-12.50: M. Meier (University of Tübingen) - tbc
12.50-14.00: lunch break
Compilations and transmission

14.00-14.40: P. De Cicco (University of Nantes) - How to reduce a historical production into a compendium of geographical knowledge: Asinius Quadratus and his Late-antique readers.
14.40-15.20: P. Manafis (Ghent University) - Geography and history in Parisinus suppl. gr.607 A.
15.20-15.50: coffee break
15.50-16.30: D. Acolat (University of Bretagne Occidentale) - Les espaces marginaux et extraordinaires dans les digressions de géographie physique d’Orose, Procope et Jordanès : savoir géographique, curiosité de l’historien, compilation de la tradition littéraire?
16.30-17.10: M. Conterno - A. Hilkens (Ghent University) - “Notitiae Urbis Romae” in Syriac and Christian Arabic sources
17.10-17.40: General discussion
19.30: Dinner

The self and the other
9.00-9.40: M. Horster (University of Mainz) – The Soil of Italy in Cassiodorus’ Variae
9.40-10.20: A. Petkas (Princeton University) - Self-Ethnography and Philosophical Spaces in the letters of Synesius of Cyrene
10.20-10.40: Coffee break
10.40-11.20: J. W. Drijvers (University of Groningen) - Frontiers and the space of the other in the Res Gestae of Ammianus Marcellinus.
11.20-12.00: E. Ben‐Eliyahu (University of Haifa) - Geographical Conceptions in Rabbinic Literature in Late Antiquity: Borders and Self Identity.
12.00-12.30: General discussion
12.30-13.30: lunch break
Space and authority
13.30-14.10: S. Johnson (Washington University) – From Local to Universal in Early Medieval Pilgrimage: A Spectrum of Historiographical Aesthetics
14.10-14.50: P. Blaudeau (Angers University) - Appartenance africaine et conscience de l'oekoumène : éléments d'analyse géo-ecclésiologique des récits de Liberatus de Carthage et de Victor de Tonnona
14.50-15.30: M. Debié (EPHE, Paris) - Between confrontation and coexistence: the conception of boundaries in the Historiography of the Syriac Borderlands
15.30-16.00: coffee break
Imaginary landscapes
16.00-16.40: T. Grossmark (Tel Hai College, Israel) - In the wake of the children of Israel in the wilderness: perception of the Sinai desert in some rabbinic travellers' tales.
16.40-17.20: J.‐C. Haelewyck (Université catholique de Louvain) - Histoire de Zosime sur les Bienheureux Réchabites. Un voyage entrepris par un illustre inconnu au pays de nulle part óu vivent des gens en-dehors du temps.
17.20-17.50: General discusion

19.30: dinner

Literary creation of space
9.00-9.40: B. Salway (University College London) - Traditional and contemporary geography in the sub-literary genres of late antiquity
9.40-10.10: E. Turquois (St. Hugh’s College, Oxford) - Space and landscapes in the “Wars” of Procopius.
10.10-10.50: A. Palmer (Radboud University Nijmegen)- Space in the Vita Barsumae (457)
10.50-11.20: coffee break
11.20-12.00: G. Kelly (University of Edinburgh) - The geographical Digressions in the “Res Gestae” of Ammianus Marcellinus?
12.00-12.30: General discussion
12.30-: lunch





   Call for papers: Late Antique Hagiography as Literature

                    Colloquium at the University of Edinburgh, 20th-21st May 2015

Texts about ‘holy’ women and men grew to be a defining feature of the culture of Late Antiquity. There is currently an increasing interest among scholars from different disciplines (history, theology, languages, and literature) in these hagiographical writings. But more can be done to find ways to systematise our understanding of the literary affiliations, strategies and goals of these extraordinarily varied texts, which range from the prosaic and anonymous narrations of the martyr passions to the Classicising poems of Paulinus of Nola and the rhetorically accomplished sermons of John Chrysostom.

This colloquium is designed to bring together students and scholars working on a range of aspects of literary hagiography, to share insights, and to consider approaches for the future. We hope to situate late antique biographical production in relation to Classical literary sensibilities, as well as considering non-classical influences, and thus to identify areas of continuity and gradual development as well as areas of abrupt change in the form and function of such literature. While our emphasis is deliberately literary, historical and theological questions which feed into the significance of these works should not be ignored.

We understand ‘hagiography’ in the non-technical sense of ‘writings about (the lives of) saints’. The concept of ‘saints’, likewise, is here taken in a broad way to mean remarkable and exemplary Christian figures (whether real or fictional); the field is not restricted to those who at some point were officially canonised by the Church. This colloquium is seeking to explore issues like the following:

• The definition of sainthood, e.g. through comparisons with texts about non-Christian saint-like figures (the ‘pagan martyrs’, Apollonius of Tyana).
• The portrayal of a saint in different texts; how are saints portrayed in their own writings compared to those of other authors about them?
• Characterisation, e.g. individuality and stereotyping: to what extent can a reader empathise or identify with a saint?
• Life imitating hagiography and resulting problems.
• What can hagiography tell us about non-elite ‘popular’ literary culture?
• How have different genres given shape to hagiographical texts (from Damasus’ epigrams to the epic poems of Fortunatus and Paulinus of Périgeux), as well as texts resisting generic categorisation? E.g. is the so called Life of Malchus a vita or a diegesis?
• Intertextuality as an aesthetic and ideological strategy.
• The emergence of stable hagiographical conventions, whose influence grew so powerful that it is often difficult to distinguish one saint from another.
• What, if anything, can hagiography learn from panegyric?
• Literary approaches to un-saintly behaviour (trickery, committing suicide, etc.) of saints.
• To what extent does a text’s rhetorical purpose undermine the author’s credibility as an honest record-keeper?
• Assessing the historicity of hagiographical texts.
• Transmission and textual problems of hagiographical texts.
• Reception and changes in the perception of authority (e.g. saints who wrote about saints, such as John Chrysostom and Augustine).

Proposals for 25-minute papers, in the form of abstracts between 200 and 400 words in length, should be submitted to Thomas Tsartsidis ( or Christa Gray ( by 15th January 2015.

Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to contribute to this event.

Lucy Grig
Thomas Tsartsidis
Christa Gray



Historiography and intercultural exchange in Late Antiquity


The research group Late Antique historiography ( at Ghent University is organising a workshop on
historiography and intercultural exchanges in Late Antiquity (300-800 AD), on 16-18 September 2015.

The workshop aims at engaging affirmed scholars as well as young researchers in an interdisciplinary discussion over cross-cultural contacts in Late Antiquity and their impact on the historiographical production in different languages, Latin, Greek, Armenian, Syriac, Persian, Coptic, Georgian, Arabic.

Confirmed speakers include:
A. Camplani (Rome), C. Zuckerman (Paris), F. Montinaro (Köln), P. Wood (London), A. Rigolio (Oxford), J. Scheiner (Göttingen), R. Forrai (Odense).

We welcome 500 word proposals for papers of 25 minutes, to be submitted before 31 December 2014 to Panagiotis Manafis ( Participants are asked to read the position
paper posted on the website





            New Approaches to Fragments and Fragmentary Survival (ORP-2016)


Organizer: Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, University of Texas at Austin

Recent years have seen an explosion of fragmentary corpora newly edited and published (Hollis’ 2007 Fragments of Roman Poetry c. 60 BC-AD 20; Schauer’s 2012 Tragicorum Romanorum Fragmenta, Vol. 1; Cornell’s Fragments of the Roman Historians and Brill’s New Jacoby, both in 2014). At the same time, a growing body of work has posed more systematic questions about fragmentary material and the impact it has had on modern and ancient reading practices. The time is ripe, therefore, to reflect on and re-evaluate the collective role of fragments and fragmentary survival within the field. This panel aims to take advantage of the recent heightened interest in fragmentary material, as well as the increased access to it provided by the new editions, to take stock of old approaches to fragmentary survival and outline new avenues for research. In so doing, the panel aims also to raise awareness of the new corpora not only as models for philological work in themselves, but also as catalysts for new views on canonical literature. The panel thus embraces work on fragmentary corpora from a broad disciplinary range, including both Greek and Latin literature in any genre and its reception, and extending as well to visual and material evidence.

The panel invites papers exploring the full range of approaches to fragments, their collection and interpretation. In addition to work on specific fragmentary material, the organizer especially welcomes papers engaging with the following questions:
•What new approaches can we employ in studying fragmentary authors, and how might those fragments be used in tandem with the study of more canonical authors?
•We have traditionally grouped fragments by genre and language (the Greek historians, the Roman tragedians, etc.). What new theoretical approaches are well suited to the classification or interpretation of fragments? Alternatively, how do other categories, such as date, authorship, etc., determine our exposure to certain fragments?
•David Levene has argued for the Bellum Jugurthinum as a ‘deliberate fragment.’ What concepts did the ancients have of a fragment, and what literary paradigms did such ideas evoke? Is fragmentation a form of literary play?
•To what extent does the Romantic image of antiquity as ruins and fragments affect the way we today engage with our field, and specifically with those parts of it that are indeed fragmentary?
•Can fragments be popularized? As one of the more difficult bodies of material to work with, are fragments symbolic of the more abstruse aspects of classical scholarship?

Please send anonymous abstracts (of no more than one page in length) for a 20-minute paper as PDF attachments to the SCS office at by March 2, 2015. Please mention the title of the panel in your email. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously.



                                          International conference - Call for papers

                                             GREEK FRAGMENTARY HISTORIANS

Université de Nantes (France), November 26-27, 2015

Organization :
Centre de recherche « L’Antique et le Moderne »
(EA 4276-L’AMo)
Université de Nantes

in collaboration with
« Centre de recherches interdisciplinaire en histoire des arts et de la musicologie »
(EA 4270-CRIHAM)
Université de Limoges

with the support of
Institut Universitaire de France (IUF)
and « Textes pour l’Histoire de l’Antiquité Tardive » (THAT)


The interest of Greek-Roman Antiquity scholars in Imperial and Late antique periods has increased over the last three decades. The former is now the subject of several international scientific conferences and publishing projects, instigated by the Anglo-Saxon School (A.H.M. Jones, P. Brown, A. Cameron, R. MacMullen, Av. Cameron), the French School (H.-I. Marrou, C. Pietri, A. Chastagnol, C. Lepelley, P. Veyne), the German School (J. Straub, A. Alföldi, K.-M. Girardet, A. Demandt), and the Italian School (S. Mazzarino, A. Giardina, L. Cracco Ruggini).
Studies of the Greek historians, who witnessed the evolution of imperial power and the events which affected the everyday life of citizens of the Roman Empire and Barbarian peoples – have a prominent place nowadays. The recent works published on Dio Chrysostom (A. Amato), Eusebius of Caesarea (S. Morlet), Socrates and Sozmonen (P. Van Nuffelen), or Philostorgius (B. Bleckmann, D. Meyer, J.-M. Prieur) are proof of that.
Nevertheless, one topic remains scarcely explored : Greek Fragmentary Historians who lived between 1 A.D. and 7 A.D. Recent publications and studies are available on many of those historians like Dexippos (G. Martin), Olympiodoros of Thebae (R.C. Blockley) or Zosimos (F. Paschoud). Following on from the Fragments Anthologies published by C. Miller and F. Jacoby and their continuators, they contribute to the progress of our knowledge. Besides, recent contributions provide material for detailed analyses of ancient authors – so-called ‘collectors’ of fragments like Photios (J. Schamp) or Stephen of Byzantium (M. Billerbeck). In this context of discovery and re-discovery of Greek Fragmentary Historians, a comprehensive and exhaustive research would be useful and welcome.
A thorough examination of this unexplored area can be fruitful. The goal of this conference is to give scholars and young researchers the opportunity to discuss, to establish an updated statement of philological and historical research about this topic, and to bring out the consequences for future research. Papers on the editions of texts, or historical, geographical and sociological features, will also be welcome.


Research themes

The proposals shall primarily be connected to the following themes:

1. Editing a Fragmentary text : Historians of Imperial times and Late antiquity.

Editorial projects are now led on Greek Fragmentary Historians, mainly through collections which encompass several historical periods (f.i., FStGr : I Frammenti degli Storici Greci – Edizioni Tored). In order to study the Imperial times and Late Antiquity, we invite scholars working on the edition of Greek Historians to join us and present their researches.

1. The transmission of the Fragments : antique sources
Editing a fragmentary text is submitted to specific rules and obligations, more than editing a complete text. This is inherent in its ways of transmission: a fragment from a direct tradition is the result of a ‘cutting work’ which is most of the times fortuitous. However, an excerpt issued from an indirect tradition is always the result of a manipulation. Among the numerous sources transmitting fragments of Greek Historians, some have a prominent position: Hesychios, Agathias, Stephan of Byzantium, Evagrius the Scholar, Photios, the Suda, a.s.o. A study of the relationship between Historians and the sources they quote is one of the main purposes of the conference.

1. History through Fragment : Imperial and Late antique times
Studying these fragments and their details often enables to refine our knowledge of this period. The methods used to edit a fragmentary text imply several issues which require attention ; the analysis of historical data given by a fragmentary author also requires a rigorous methodology. Papers about this theme, with a Historian’s point of view, will be welcome.

The conference’s papers will be published in 2016.


Attending the Conference

Scholars who wish to attend the conference can send their proposal to both Pasqua de Cicco ( and Tiphaine Moreau (, before February 15, 2015. Participants shall submit a title, a 3000 signs -at most- abstract and a short presentation of their achievements. Each lecture will be limited to 30 minutes. The available languages for both the abstracts and lectures are French, English, German, and Italian.
The scientific committee will examine the submissions and let know those accepted on April 5, 2015.
The selected researchers and the auditors wanting to attend the conference will be invited to pay a fee to the Université de Nantes (30 euro for scholars, 20 euro for students).
The organization will take charge of the following expenses: nights at the hotel, noon lunches, coffee breaks and an evening banquet. A financial help would be available for transportation expenses of foreign researchers.


Organization Committee
Eugenio Amato
Professeur des Universités
Membre de l’Institut Universitaire de France
Université de Nantes / L’AMo
Bertrand Lançon
Professeur des Universités
Université de Limoges / CRIHAM

Pasqua De Cicco
Doctorante en Langue et Littérature Grecques
Université de Nantes / L’AMo
Tiphaine Moreau
Doctorante en Histoire Romaine
Université de Limoges / CRIHAM



Incontro Internazionale di Studi
"Historiai para doxan". I documenti greci in frammenti:                   

                                               valore, criticità, nuove prospettive esegetiche

                                                                        10-11 Marzo 2016
Aula Magna della Scuola di Scienze Umanistiche
Via Balbi 2 - Genova

Giovedì 10 Marzo
Prima sessione
14:30 Indirizzi di saluto
Introduzione ai lavori
15:00 José Maria CANDAU MORÓN (Universidad de Sevilla): Fragmentos historiográficos y géneros literarios. Una estrategia de contextualización
15:30 Marie-Rose GUELFUCCI (Université de Franche-Comté - ISTA, EA 4011): Entre problèmes textuels et interférences interprétatives. Sur quelques fragments polybiens mal compris
16:00 Federico SANTANGELO (University of Newcastle): Documenti in Posidonio
16:30 Coffee break
17:00 Roberto NICOLAI (Università di Roma La Sapienza): Dalla Quellenforschung alle linee di tradizione. A proposito di Strabone e Pausania
17:30 Irene PAJÓN LEYRA (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis - CEPAM, UMR 7264): Lecciones de geografía e historia en la Alejandría helenística: una nueva mirada sobre el papiro de Berlín 13.044r
18:00 Bernard MINEO (Université de Nantes): Le rôle de Fabius Pictor dans l'élaboration de la prise de Rome par les Gaulois

Venerdì 11 Marzo 2016
Seconda sessione
9:30 Maurizio SONNINO (Università di Roma La Sapienza): Sovrapposizioni interpretative e decontestualizzazioni di testi frammentari:a proposito di due citazioni di Euripide in Timeo e Licurgo
10: 00 Virgilio COSTA (Università di Roma Tor Vergata): Da Diotimo a Strabone (1, 3, 1): un antico caso di critica - e fraintendimento - delle fonti
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Claudio BIAGETTI (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster): La tradizione diretta di Teopompo di Chio: sommari, compendi, attribuzioni. Primo bilancio sulle acquisizioni
11:30 Pietro ZACCARIA (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): Diocle di Magnesia tra text e cover-text. Editio princeps e communes opiniones
12:00 Martina SAVIO (Università di Genova): Un frammento per due: «Krates» o «Xenokrates»? (Sch. ex. Il. 11, 40b)
Discussione e Conclusioni
15:15 – Aula N, Via Balbi 4
Presentazione di GAHIA ("Geography And Historiography In Antiquity") a cura del Presidente dell'Associazione, Francisco J. GONZÁLEZ PONCE (Universidad de Sevilla)
a seguire, Tavola Rotonda con dibattito sulle tematiche oggetto dell'Incontro di Studi

Comitato scientifico:
Virgilio COSTA
Gabriella OTTONE

Con il patrocinio e il contributo di:
- Università degli Studi di Genova
- Dipartimento di Italianistica, Romanistica, Antichistica, Arti e Spettacolo – DIRAAS
- Dottorato di Ricerca in Letterature e Culture Classiche e Moderne – Curriculum Scienze Storiche dell'Antichità

Con il patrocinio di:
- Institut des Sciences et des Techniques de l'Antiquité (ISTA - EA 4011) – Université de Franche-Comté
- Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi "Forme del Sapere nel Mondo Antico" – Università di Roma Tor Vergata
- International Society "Geography And Historiography In Antiquity" (GAHIA)



Reconciling Ancient and Modern Philosophies of History and Historiography
18th -19th August 2016
Senate House, London

Conference Organiser: Aaron Turner (Royal Holloway, University of London).
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
• Dr. Katherine Clarke (Oxford)
• Prof. Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg)
• Prof. Neville Morley (Bristol)
• Prof. Aviezer Tucker (Harvard)
Classical scholarship and methods were prominent in the early development of the modern philosophies of history and historiography. Giambattista Vico, whose scholarly output is littered with classical analysis, is now generally considered as one of the progenitors of modern anthropology and philology. Leopold Ranke, widely regarded as the father of modern scientific historiography, presented himself as profoundly influenced by Thucydides. The historical philosophies of Wolf, Hegel, Weber, Croce, Nietzsche, and Collingwood were similarly influenced, at least partially, by the classical corpus of historical texts and by trends in classical studies including textual criticism and later archaeology. The philosopies of history and historiography consequently conceptualised and sometimes formalised the traditional epistemological problems of evidence, interpretation and explanation, causation, realism, and narrative. This conference aims to reconcile ancient ideas concerning the interpretation and explanation of the past and the methods and theories of classical studies with the modern philosophies of history and historiography.
The theme of the conference is based on two fundamental questions:
1. How can modern approaches, methodologies, hypotheses, and theories in the philosophies of history and historiography inform our analyses of ancient historiography?
2. Are ancient historical writers still relevant in the modern discourse of the philosophies of history and historiography? Can they contribute to ongoing debates regarding the interpretation and explanation of past events and the production and presentation of historical knowledge?
Scholars of all disciplines are invited to contribute papers that engage with the above questions and provoke fruitful and edifying interdisciplinary discussion. Some possible topics for discussion include, but are not by any means limited to:
• To what extent do ancient historians produce generalisations in their explanations of historical events? Are they nomic or simply analytic? How do ancient historical writers differentiate between the universal and the particular, between types and tokens?
• What do the criteria for selecting historical evidence reveal about the ancient and modern historian’s ideological or theoretical understanding of historical processes? How is meaning constructed/imposed/interpreted?
• How can the analysis of counterfactuals within ancient historical narrative improve our understanding of the ancient philosophy of historiography? How does such analysis contribute to the current discourse on counterfactuals in historiographical explanatory models?
• What do ancient ideas of causation and contemporary historiography of the classical world offer modern philosophers of historiography in terms of their methodological approach (for example, unificationism vs. exceptionalism; eliminativism; primitivism)?
• To what extent did ancient historians consider past events to be determinate/indeterminate? How can we relate such models to the existing debate regarding historical necessity and contingency?
• How was the autonomy of human agency conceived in ancient historical explanations? Can arguments be made for or against methodological individualism/methodological holism in ancient historiography?
• How do ancient writers theorise the function of narrative in their production of historical explanations?
Scholars of all disciplines are invited to contribute papers of 30 minutes with 10 minutes of discussion to follow. Abstracts between 350-500 words may be sent to The deadline for abstract submission is March 18th. Notifications will be sent out by mid-April.




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