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Creative Lives: New Approaches to Ancient Intellectual Biography (Laurence Seminar 2010)

Cambridge Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

27-29 May 2010

Organised by Simon Goldhill, Richard Fletcher and Johanna Hanink


Thursday, 27 May

2:00-2:15           Welcome and Introduction

2:15-3:15           Constanze Güthenke ( Princeton )

‘”Lives” as Parameter. The Privileging of Ancient Lives as a Category of Research around 1900’

3:15-4:15           Miriam Leonard (UCL)

‘Freud, Renan and the Memory of Philology’

4:15-4:45           Tea & Coffee Break

4:45-5:45           Verity Platt ( Chicago )

‘Lives of the Greek Artists: Creating Creators in Ancient Texts and Modern Art History’

6:00-7:00          Reception in the Cast Gallery – all welcome!

7:30                   Dinner for speakers at Sala Thong Thai Restaurant

Friday, 28 May

9.00-10:00         Richard Fletcher ( Ohio State )

‘Plato the Epicurean’

10:00-11:00       Kurt Lampe ( Bristol )

‘Philosophers in their Anecdotage: Life-Writing in the Socratic Epistles’

11:10-11:30       Tea & Coffee Break

11:30-12:30       Polly Low (Manchester)

‘Constructing Lives from Stone(s): Inscriptions and Biography’ 

12.30-2.00         Lunch for speakers at King’s College

2:00-3:00           Anna S. Uhlig ( Princeton )

‘Life as Poetic Possession: Biographical Authorship in Fifth-Century Poetry’

3:00-4:00           Johanna Hanink ( Cambridge )

‘Athenian Phileuripideans’

4:00-4:30           Tea & Coffee Break

4:30-5:45           Pauline LeVen (Yale)

‘Reading Philoxenus' Life: Between Fish and Frank Speech’

Time TBC         Dinner for speakers at King’s College

Saturday, 29 May

9:00-10:00         Andrew Laird ( Warwick )

‘Virgil: Performance and the Myth of Biography’

10:00-11:00       John Henderson ( Cambridge )

'ut ipse praescripserat: Nepos' script for a new biography – Atticus'

11:00-11:30       Tea & Coffee Break

11:30-1:00         Closing Discussion, Led by Barbara Graziosi ( Durham )

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