Commensality marked a range of public and private occasions in the Ancient Mediterranean world. This colloquium will explore the evidence for banquets and feasts held in conjunction with or as a form of religious observance. Offers of papers from any branch of Classical Studies concerning the following topics are welcomed :
- The archaeological evidence for banquets (architecture, furnishings, food remains, representations of banqueting) with a religious dimension.
- Banquets associated with particular religious festivals or rites, or part of private occasions with a religious dimension (eg funerals).
- Literary or epigraphical evidence for religious banqueting.
An abstract of 250 words indicating the thesis, evidence and conclusions of the paper offered and including the name, academic affiliation, postal address and email address of the presenter should be sent to the conference organiser at the address below. Email attachments and facsimiles are preferred. Papers will be 20/30 minutes long, depending on the final number of participants.
Abstracts must be received on or before October 1, 2009. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by December 15, 2009. The registration fee will be around US $120 / 85 euros / NZ $175 (postgraduates US $85 / 60 euros / NZ $125).
Dr. Alison B. Griffith
Programme Co-ordinator Department of Classics
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch NEW ZEALAND 8140
Phone : +64-3-364-2987 ext. 8578
Fax : +64-3-364-2576
Source : Alison Griffith, Late Antiquity Discussion Forum.