Saturday, August 14, 2010

'A magic stronger than the governors' power'. Literature and Society in the Fourth Century A.D., Belgium, 23-24.09.2010

Source: The Late Antiquity Discussion List.
A two-day workshop organized by L. Van Hoof (K.U. Leuven) and P. Van Nuffelen (UGent), 23 and 24 September 2010.
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Thursday 23 September 2010 (Faculty of Arts, Ghent)
09.15-09.30 L. Van Hoof, Introduction
09.30-10.15 S. Mratschek, A living relic for the vicar of Rome. Strategies of visualisation in a civil case
10.15-11.00 B. Lançon, Réflexions sur le rôle des lettrés dans l'entourage des empereurs romains du IVe s.
Coffee break
11.30-12.15 N. McLynn, Gregory and the Governors: Paideia and Patronage in Cappadocia
12.15-13.00 M. Ludlow, Gregory of Nyssa's educational strategies
14.30-15.15 B. Salway, The rhetoric of petition and response: Orcistus, the Umbrians, and Constantine
15.15-16.00 G. Kelly, Dedications to emperors in fourth-century historiography
Coffee break
16.30-17.15 M. Gerth, Macrobius' Saturnalia and Martianus Capella's de nuptiis or, How encyclopedic writing interacts with society
17.15-18.00 A. Söltenfuss, Ausonius and means of self-representation in his opuscula

Friday 24 September 2010 (Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie, Brussels)
10.00-10.45 R. Rees, Pacatus' Panegyric to Theodosius (389CE) and the use of text in the creation of communal memory 
10.45-11.30 C. Coombe, A hero in our midst: Stilicho as a literary construct in the poetry of Claudian
Coffee break
12.00-12.45 R. Dijkstra, The apostles as instruments of societal engagement
14.00-14.45 P.-L. Malosse, Le pouvoir des logoi dans la cité et l'empire. Remarques sur quelques discours de Libanios
14.45-15.30 P. Heather, Philosophy and social cohesion in late Roman elites 
15.30-16.15 J. Weisweiler, Anxieties of Ambition: Symmachus on Aristocratic Competition in Fourth-Century Rome
16.15-16.30 Conclusions

Scientific committee: M. Broze (VUB), B. Coulie (UCL), M. De Groote (Ugent), K. Demoen (UGent), G. Partoens (K.U. Leuven), S. Schorn (K.U. Leuven), P. Van Deun (K.U. Leuven), W. Verbaal (UGent). 

With the support of Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen en Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten. 

Prof. Dr. Peter Van Nuffelen 
Departement of History 
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat. 35, Office 120.008
9000 Ghent