Comparing Roman Hellenisms

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.

List of Confirmed Speakers:

Sheila Dillon, Duke
Basil Dufallo, U-M
Riemer Faber, U. of Waterloo
Ian Fielding, U-M
Elaine Gazda, U-M
Nathaniel Jones, Washington U. in St. Louis
Alison Keith, U. of Toronto
Gavin Kelly, U. of Edinburgh
Marcello Mogetta, U. of Missouri
David Potter, U-M
Jonathan Prag, U. of Oxford
Roman Roth, U. of Cape Town
Darja Šterbenc Erker, Humboldt U. zu Berlin
Nicola Terrenato, U-M

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.
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When and Where

Map Angell Hall - 2175 Angell - Classics Library

September 2018

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2:00pm - 6:00pm
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9:00am - 6:00pm

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