Saturday 4th May 2013, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge (Room G.21)
Where does 'Greece' end and 'Rome' begin? Can we imagine a Greece without taking Rome into account? Can we imagine a Rome without a Greece?
The term 'classics' generally construes Graeco-Roman antiquity (or at least its afterlife) as a unified whole. We often tend to take this conflation just as much for granted as the dissolution of the cross-cultural hybrid into its constituent parts. This symposium will explore the historical and ideological factors behind constructions of 'Greece' and 'Rome', both as historical entities and as resonant ideas.
- What stories lie behind the adjective 'Graeco-Roman'?
- Where and when did ideas of 'Rome' and 'Greece' as reified constructs begin, and what was their impact?
- Where was 'Greece' in the Latin West during the Middle Ages and early Renaissance?
- When, and by whom, has Roman culture been seen as a reception of Greek culture?
- What are some of the historical consequences of seeing Greece and Rome as either separate, or a single entity?
- How and where does hierarchy and chronological sequence become important?
In this interdisciplinary workshop, Robin Osborne, Edith Hall, Shelley Hales, Emily Kneebone, Jennifer Wallace and Ingo Gildenhard will offer a mixture of papers and presentations intended to spark in-depth discussion, concluding with a summing-up panel involving all speakers.
A provisional timetable can be found here: http://helenroche.com/news/greece-and-or-rome
Registration is now open for this event - please email Helen Roche (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Clare Foster (email@example.com) if you would like to attend. Attendance is free, but places are limited, so we would recommend booking your place as soon as possible.
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