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Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

When May 04, 2018
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Room 1.11
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Anna Athanasopoulou

Literary synergies between scriptor and lector in the story of Acontius and Cydippe

Abstract:

The practice of allusion, which figures prominently in both Callimachus’ and Ovid’s treatment of the story of Acontius and Cydippe is threefold and includes intertextual allusions to other texts, intergeneric allusions to various forms of discourse as well as intermedial allusions to other media. This paper focuses on the intermedial allusions that Callimachus and Ovid weave into their narratives of A&C (Aet. frr. 67-75 Pf., Heroides XX and XXI) and explores the ways in which the two texts stage a performance of reading whereby the internal reader Cydippe, initially a naïve reader, turns into a learned reader, who finally evolves into a knowledgeable writer capable of pushing the narrative of literary history forward. Cydippe at first experiences the tangible effects of reading the apple that has been sent to her; she then engages in a configurative apprehension of its meaning effects, before finally immersing herself in the process of becoming a writer in her own right.

My aim is to show how Callimachus’ and Ovid’s embedded references to extra-textual media as well as the internal reader’s engagement with them thematise the workings of Roman Callimacheanism.

Simon Aitken

Future in the foundations: projecting civic identity in Hellenistic Greece?

Abstract:

I would like to reconsider the how the Greeks viewed forthcoming time.

By looking at ktisis myth and two chronologies from the Hellenistic Greek East, certain strategies emerge which help to shape their respective present(s), and which suggest further relationships to future time. I hope to develop and present this case.

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