Conference Programme

AMPRAW 2015 Conference Programme

Monday 14 December 2015

11:00 – 11:30am:        Registration and refreshments

11:30 – 12:30pm:        Welcome message and keynote Paper – Dr Gideon Nisbet,                                               Birmingham: ‘Subvert and contain: reception as dissent’

12:30 – 1:30pm:          Lunch

1:30 – 3:00pm:            Session One (Parallel Panels)

Panel A – Literary Portrayals of Figures in the Roman World (Chair. Mike Welbourn)

  • Translating the Narrator: seeing, feeling, hearing Virgil’s voice in modern translations, Melanie Fitton-Hayward, University of Nottingham
  • Classics versus Politics: A New Interpretation of John Buchan’s Biography of Augustus, Phyllis Brighouse, University of Liverpool
  • Camus and Suetonius: Orthodoxy and History, Luisa Fizzarotti, Aarhus University

Panel B –  Founding Fathers of Orthodoxy or Dissent (Chair. Vasiliki Brouma)

  • Simon Magus in the 12th-century Middle High German Kaiserchronik, Christoph Pretzer, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University
  • The reassessment of some “Christian” funerary inscriptions, Gabriela Ingle and Gary Vos, University of Edinburgh
  • This, too, shall pass: Pedro Ribadeneyra, S.J. and the Emotional Weight of History, Spencer J. Weinreich, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford

3:00 – 3:15pm:            Coffee Break

3:15 – 4:45pm:            Session Two (Parallel Panels)

Panel A – Greek Myth in the Twentieth Century (Chair. Harriet Lander)

  • An Orthodox Way of Staging the Ancient Tragic Chorus: the Model of Peter Stein’s Die Orestie, Estelle Baudou, Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
  • Reconciling irreconcilables: Judeo-Christian Antiquity in works of Roman Brandstaetter, Maria Gierszewska, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  • Inside the film Mirror (1974): an analysis of Arseny Tarkovsky’s poem Eurydice, Nicoletta Bruno, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”/Oxford University

Panel B – Classics as Contemporary Political Critique (Chair. John Bloxham)

  • Alexander the Great Screaming Out for Hellenicity: Greek Songs and Political Dissent, Guendalina D.M. Taietti, University of Liverpool
  • Falling into Darkness: Kawir, Naer Mataron and the Golden Dawn. Black Metal Frontman for MP, Stefanos Apostolou, University of Nottingham and Vasilis Vlachos
  • Inter Arma Silent Leges: appeals to Cicero’s authority in the 9/11 aftermath, Rosa van Gool, University of Leiden


4:45 – 8:00pm:           ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the forum’ (1966) dir. Richard Lester with an introduction by Lynn Fotheringham, director of the Centre for Ancient Drama and Its Reception (CADRE)

8:00 – 10:00pm:          Conference Dinner


Tuesday 15 December 2015

8:45 – 9:00am:            Coffee

9:00 – 11 am:              Session Three

Single Panel – Orthodoxy and Dissent in the Roman borderlands (Chair. Matt Myers)

  • Trauma, Dissent and White Lies: the rewrite the pre-Islamic history of the Iberian Peninsula and the articulation of Umayyad legitimacy in al-Andalus, Jorge Elices Ocón, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • ‘‘Beyond the Vallum”: The eighteenth-century problem of Roman Scotland, Alan Montgomery, Birkbeck
  • Orthodoxy, methodology and the treatment of ancient sources in Transylvanian Enlightenment historiography, Maria Iulia Florutau, University College London
  • Broadcasting Barbarians: Representation of ‘Barbarian’ Peoples at the End of Antiquity in Screen Media, Paul Edward Montgomery, University of York

11:00 – 11:30am:        Coffee Break

11:30 – 1:00pm:          Session Four (Parallel Panels)

Panel A – The Natural World – (Chair. Andrew Fox)

  • Plants which Cure in Ancient Cypriotic Medicine: Orthodox Ancient Medicine or Magic?, Malapani N. Athina, Co-Tutelle with Sorbonne-Paris IV
  • The Alchemy of Albertus Magnus: Orthodox Aristotelian Notions at stake or not?, Athanasios Rinotas, KU Leuven.
  • Daedalus’ Legacy: Classical Invocation & Arboreal Invention in Italian Renaissance Garden Labyrinth Design, Miriam Bay, University of Birmingham

Panel B – Interactive Workshop: Issues in Translation – moderated by Melanie Fitton- Hayward (Nottingham), Harriet Lander (Nottingham) and Holly Ranger (Birmingham)

1:00 – 2:00pm:            Lunch

2:00 – 3:00pm:            Guest Workshop: Clare Pollard, translator of Ovid’s  Heroides

3:00 – 3:15pm:            Coffee Break

3:15 – 4:45pm:            Session Five (Parallel Panels)

Panel A – Challenges to Orthodoxy? Ancient Women in Early Modernity (Chair. Melanie Fitton-Hayward)

  • Return to the Bower: Spenser, Homer and Milton’s akratic Comus, Abigail Richards, Durham
  • The Presentation of Cleopatra in Plutarch and Shakespeare: An analysis of Literary Transmission from Ancient Rome to Sixteenth-Century England, Rachael Bowie, Newcastle
  • Constructing Sappho: ‘Biography’ in English translation paratexts and British eighteenth-century erotica, Harriet Lander, Nottingham

Panel B – Reception in Antiquity (Chair. Annie Zourgou)

  • Anchoring Identity in Antiquity: Founding Figures in the Works of Philo and Plutarch, Marion Pragt, Leiden University
  • The Horatian and Aristotelian principles and the dissent on tragedian Seneca, Cíntia Martins Sanches, São Paulo State University (Brazil) and King’s College
  • Brothers in Arms: Thersites and Odysseus in Sophocles’ Philoctetes, James Cook, Royal Holloway

4:45 – 5:00pm:            Closing Remarks


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