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Comparing Roman Hellenisms

Friday, September 28, 2018
2:00-6:00 PM
2175 Angell - Classics Library Angell Hall Map
Hellenism, defined as the “adoption or imitation of (elements of) the ancient Greek language, culture, philosophy, etc.” (OED) is central to Roman civilization throughout long periods of its history. Consequently many important aspects of Roman culture and society come into sharper focus through examining the specific forms that Roman Hellenism took at different times, in different places, and in different media. These include changes in processes of acculturation at Rome, in how the Romans’ created meaning and identity, in the ways various art forms expressed cultural values, etc. Yet the matter of what scholars do when they compare Roman Hellenisms, and the practical and conceptual issues that such acts of comparison presuppose and raise, have never received a focused study of their own.

The organizers of this conference have sought papers addressing this problem. The conference features an international list of speakers combining major scholars from outside the University with faculty at U-M. It includes researchers working in a variety of fields (archaeology, literature, history, art history) and historical periods (from Rome’s origins to Late Antiquity) so as to encourage the most wide-ranging discussion possible.

Schedule of events:

Friday, September 28

2:00 Welcome

Panel I: Re-Inventing and Re-Presenting Roman History, Art, and Literature

2:15 David Potter (University of Michigan), "Lycophron, Cato and the Invention of Italian History"

2:45 Roman Roth (University of Cape Town), "‘Inuenio et Pythagorae et Alcibiadi in cornibus comitii positas’ (Plin. NH 34. 12): The Transformation of RomanHellenism in Commemorative Sculpture"

Break for coffee

3:30 Sheila Dillon (Duke University), "Sculpture in the Greek East in the Late Hellenistic-Early Imperial Period: The View from Athens"

4:00 Riemer Faber (University of Waterloo), "Revisionist Representations of Early Latin Poetry: Horace and the Hellenistic Aesthetics of Ennius"

Saturday, September 29

Panel II: Literary and Visual Receptions of Hellen(ist)ic Narratives

9:00 Alison Keith (University of Toronto), "Roman Epicureanism"

9:30 Elaine Gazda (University of Michigan), "The Statue of Nike from Oplontis: A Case Study in Roman Hellenism"

10:00 Basil Dufallo (University of Michigan), "The Hellenic Horses of Statius, Silvae 1.1"

10:30 Nathaniel Jones (Washington University in St. Louis), "Space and Time, from Greek to Roman Art"

Panel III: Ancient and Modern (Mis-)Perceptions of Hellenic Forces

1:30 Jonathan Prag (University of Oxford), "Hellenizing Roman Imperialism"

2:00 Darja Šterbenc-Erker (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), "Hellenism in Augustus’ Religious Self-Fashioning in Ovid’s Fasti and in Suetonius’ Vita Augusti"

2:30 Gavin Kelly (The University of Edinburgh), "Linguistic and Historical Hellenism in Ammianus Marcellinus"

Break for coffee

Panel IV: Contexts of Hellenisms in Rome, Italy, and Beyond

3:45 Nicola Terrenato (University of Michigan), "The Romanization of Rome: Cultural Dynamics in the Architecture of Hellenistic Italy"

4:15 Marcello Mogetta (University of Missouri), "Greek Orders, Roman Power, and the Development of Architectural Decorum in Late Republican Central Italy"

4:45 Ian Fielding (University of Michigan), "The Εnd of Roman Hellenism"

This event is open and free to the public.

Co-sponsors of this event include the Departments of Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, History, and History of Art, the Contexts for Classics research consortium, the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies via the Lois Claxton Humanities and Social Sciences Award, the U-M Humanities Institute, the LSA Organize an Event Fund, the Rackham Dean's Strategic Initiative Fund, and the UMOR Small Grants to Support a Major Conference Fund.
Building: Angell Hall
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: Classical Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from History of Art, Comparative Literature, Rackham Graduate School, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Contexts for Classics, Department of History, Interdepartmental Program in Ancient History, Interdepartmental Program in Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology
Upcoming Dates:
Friday, September 28, 2018 2:00-6:00 PM